South Africa won only T20I against New Zealand at Eden Park

by Toqui Tahmid | Posted on Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 | 0

Team South Africa is currently travelling New Zealand due to play a ODI and a Test series. But before playing them, South Africa was also scheduled to play just a T20I match against Black Caps which was staged in 17th February, 2017. The match took place at Eden Park, Auckland where South Africa beat New Zealand by 78 runs. After finishing a successful tournament against Sri Lanka which was staged in South Africa, team Proteas have headed for new challenge. Against the Lions, they won ODI and Test series but lost the T20I series as well. So, they were more conscious about the next T20 challenge against New Zealand. As a result, they staged their full power against Black Caps and won the match.

Earlier evening in 17th February, 2017, New Zealand won the toss and let the Proteas to bat first. Proteas lost de Kock when team score was just 15 but later Amla and Plessis added almost 85 more runs to the scorecard. Plessis was out by scoring 36 runs but Amla stood still and scored highest 62 runs so far. Black Caps took six Proteas wickets in the match and Proteas end their innings by scoring 185 runs totally. Boult and Grandhomme took two wickets each for New Zealand.

In return, New Zealand started to lose wicket since 10 runs when they lost consecutive two wickets named Phillips and Munro. However, their batsmen could not stand against Proteas bowlers for too long but finished with mere runs. Bruce was the highest scorer for Black Caps who scored 33 runs. However, New Zealand got packet by scoring just 107 runs in 14.5 overs and so, they faced a defeat by a huge 78 runs differences in T20I. Proteas bowler were too well in the match undoubtedly where Tahir took highest five wickets in 3.5 overs and Phehlukwayo took three wickets. Due to his brilliant spell, Tahir was declared as the player of the match.

However, team South Africa is few steps behind than top rated team in T20I format but now, they are more careful in this competition. Now, they are heading towards their ODI series against New Zealand which consists of five matches.

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