Match Over - South Africa won by 6 wickets + Match Details

Match Details

  • Toss: South Africa, who chose to bat
  • Venue: Eden Park, Auckland
  • Referee: J Srinath
  • When: 04 Mar 2017, 03:00 SAST
  • Winner: South Africa
  • Man of the Match: K Rabada


  • Umpire1: CM Brown
  • Umpire2: JS Wilson
  • Third Umpire: PR Reiffel



Overs: 41.1 / 50.0

New Zealand



Overs: 32.2 / 50.0

South Africa

The last time AB de Villiers and South Africa were at Eden Park in an ODI, it ended with them in tears and at pains to come to terms with what had happened. Tonight, they lift the trophy with a smile. Certainly, this does not compare to a win in a World Cup semifinal, but beating New Zealand in New Zealand is a big deal. Not only do South Africa leave Eden Park with fonder memories, they leave it with the No. 1 ranking in their possession too. It was a somewhat antithetical, one-sided finish to an otherwise well-fought series. Plenty to still look forward to as the teams switch to whites with the first Test beginning on Wednesday. Hope to see you then and thank you for joining us.

AB de Villiers - We won quite a few tosses in the series and it made it a little bit easier. It is not often that a series goes to 2-2, credit to New Zealand for making this a tough series. Great effort overall. I don't think it was quick as it is normally here. It was quite slow and moved around a bit. They came back well, they are always a team that squeezes really well. They put the pressure back on us and it is always easy to go into a negative mindset in such a situation. But fantastic knocks from both Faf and David Miller. I'll be up watching the Test series in the morning. I'll miss the guys, but I look forward to spending some time with family before I go back to playing more cricket.

Kane Williamson - Credit to AB and the Proteas for outplaying us in the match. I think there were a lot of positives with the ball. I think what you need to do is put a score on the board that forces the opposition to take a few more risks. They bowled pretty well, they deserve everything they achieved tonight, but from our perspective, we will look to improve and come back hard. We need to put in those complete performances and show the signs of improvement. This summer at home, particularly, we have played a number of series against some of the top oppositions in the world and it has shown us where we need to improve. It has been a great summer, we are a little tough on ourselves, I guess, after today, but generally, there were some good parts both today and in the summer.

Kagiso Rabada - The day before the game was actually trying to get some rest to make sure I had the edge coming into the game. But we have seen how this wicket plays and the management gave us some pointers about what to do, and we also got a few pointers from the T20 from a few days ago and tonight we were able to execute our plans well. We are looking forward to the Tests, we have a few new guys coming in. looking forward to taking out skills from One-Day cricket to Tests and doing well there.

Kagiso Rabada is the Man of the Match for his 3 for 35.

Presentation time.

8.22pm And that's the series, folks. South Africa huffed and puffed to get there, but you'll have to classify this as a comfortable win in the end. That's usually how things go if you put on 149 in a 50 over game.

32.2TA Boult to F du Plessis, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, a classy shot to bring up the series win and retain No.1 on the rankings. Short ball at off stump from around the wicket, he hangs back with all the composure he's shown today and pulls it in front of square with disdain. That was a leader's innings, and it will show as his 26th half-century.
32.1TA Boult to DA Miller, 1 run, dropped! Short at middle stump, tries to finish this game with a pull shot. Goes with hard hands, gets a top edge to fine leg. Patel runs in, but slows down towards the end and he has to therefore go low to try and catch it - too low, no catch.
End of over 32. 2 runs this over. 145/4 after 192 balls.
F du Plessis 47 (89b 5x4 0x6 ) MJ Santner 2-0-9-0
DA Miller 44 (34b 6x4 2x6 ) more
End of over 31. 5 runs this over. 143/4 after 186 balls.
DA Miller 43 (33b 6x4 2x6 ) TA Boult 9-0-39-0
F du Plessis 46 (84b 5x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 30. 12 runs this over. 138/4 after 180 balls.
DA Miller 43 (31b 6x4 2x6 ) TG Southee 10-1-40-0
F du Plessis 41 (80b 4x4 0x6 ) more

That's fifty of the partnership, Miller's got 43 of those

Mbali: "This why I rate Miller...pity SA does not play at the right position. AB at 4 and Miller at 5 is the best. Takes his time, the hitting is natural for this guy but he has some techniqur as well."

End of over 29. 9 runs this over. 126/4 after 174 balls.
F du Plessis 40 (79b 4x4 0x6 ) TA Boult 8-0-34-0
DA Miller 32 (26b 5x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 28. 4 runs this over. 117/4 after 168 balls.
F du Plessis 40 (78b 4x4 0x6 ) TG Southee 9-1-28-0
DA Miller 23 (21b 3x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 27. 12 runs this over. 113/4 after 162 balls.
DA Miller 21 (18b 3x4 1x6 ) JS Patel 5-0-26-2
F du Plessis 38 (75b 4x4 0x6 ) more

Bez: "I've been saying this ad nauseam since before the 2015 World Cup: the more you talk about pressure, the more pressure you create for yourself. NZ are bowling well, sure, but SA have no business making such hard work of this total right now. They keep summoning that demon in press conferences, and it keeps turning around to bite them." --- New Zealand bowled quite nicely at the top of the innings though

End of over 26. 5 runs this over. 101/4 after 156 balls.
DA Miller 10 (13b 2x4 0x6 ) TG Southee 8-1-24-0
F du Plessis 37 (74b 4x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 25. 2 runs this over. 96/4 after 150 balls.
F du Plessis 37 (74b 4x4 0x6 ) TA Boult 7-0-25-0
DA Miller 5 (7b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 24. 5 runs this over. 94/4 after 144 balls.
DA Miller 4 (3b 1x4 0x6 ) JDS Neesham 2-0-10-1
F du Plessis 36 (72b 4x4 0x6 ) more

Andy: "What's the weather doing and what's the DL par score now, after that wicket?" --- The weather is fine, D/L par is 73.

End of over 23. 1 runs this over. 89/4 after 138 balls.
DA Miller 0 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) TA Boult 6-0-23-0
F du Plessis 35 (68b 4x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 22. 5 runs this over. 88/3 after 131 balls.
F du Plessis 34 (63b 4x4 0x6 ) JDS Neesham 1-0-5-0
AB de Villiers 23 (20b 2x4 2x6 ) more

Too many extras defending a small total...

End of over 21. 3 runs this over. 82/3 after 125 balls.
F du Plessis 31 (59b 4x4 0x6 ) C de Grandhomme 4-0-15-1
AB de Villiers 22 (18b 2x4 2x6 ) more
End of over 20. 7 runs this over. 79/3 after 120 balls.
AB de Villiers 21 (17b 2x4 2x6 ) MJ Santner 1-0-7-0
F du Plessis 30 (55b 4x4 0x6 ) more

The D/L par score at 20 overs is 57. That will be drinks.

End of over 19. 5 runs this over. 72/3 after 114 balls.
AB de Villiers 15 (13b 2x4 1x6 ) C de Grandhomme 3-0-12-1
F du Plessis 29 (53b 4x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 18. 7 runs this over. 67/3 after 108 balls.
AB de Villiers 11 (8b 1x4 1x6 ) JS Patel 4-0-14-2
F du Plessis 28 (52b 4x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 17. 8 runs this over. 60/3 after 101 balls.
F du Plessis 27 (48b 4x4 0x6 ) TG Southee 7-1-19-0
AB de Villiers 5 (5b 1x4 0x6 ) more

He's been bowling with two slips and a gully, but the swing has slowly faded

End of over 16. 5 runs this over. 52/3 after 95 balls.
AB de Villiers 4 (3b 1x4 0x6 ) JS Patel 3-0-7-2
F du Plessis 21 (44b 3x4 0x6 ) more

Varun will take over from here

End of over 15. 6 runs this over. 47/2 after 90 balls.
JP Duminy 3 (8b 0x4 0x6 ) TG Southee 6-1-11-0
F du Plessis 21 (44b 3x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 14. 5 runs this over. 41/2 after 84 balls.
JP Duminy 2 (5b 0x4 0x6 ) C de Grandhomme 2-0-7-1
F du Plessis 16 (41b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 13. 1 runs this over. 36/2 after 78 balls.
JP Duminy 0 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) TG Southee 5-1-5-0
F du Plessis 13 (38b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 12. 2 runs this over. 35/2 after 71 balls.
HM Amla 8 (28b 1x4 0x6 ) C de Grandhomme 1-0-2-1
F du Plessis 13 (33b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 11. 1 runs this over. 33/1 after 65 balls.
HM Amla 8 (25b 1x4 0x6 ) TG Southee 4-0-5-0
F du Plessis 12 (30b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 10. 5 runs this over. 28/1 after 59 balls.
F du Plessis 12 (29b 2x4 0x6 ) TA Boult 5-0-22-0
HM Amla 8 (20b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 9. 2 runs this over. 23/1 after 54 balls.
HM Amla 8 (20b 1x4 0x6 ) TG Southee 3-0-4-0
F du Plessis 8 (24b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 8. 6 runs this over. 21/1 after 48 balls.
F du Plessis 8 (24b 1x4 0x6 ) TA Boult 4-0-17-0
HM Amla 6 (14b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 7. 1 runs this over. 15/1 after 42 balls.
F du Plessis 3 (20b 0x4 0x6 ) TG Southee 2-0-2-0
HM Amla 5 (12b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 6. 1 runs this over. 14/1 after 36 balls.
HM Amla 5 (12b 1x4 0x6 ) TA Boult 3-0-11-0
F du Plessis 2 (14b 0x4 0x6 ) more

5.33pm So early wicket for New Zealand, but South Africa won't be sweating too much as the teams head into the interval. Boult and Southee have shown signs of movement but that may not last too long and they need to really muster something special. It has been a quiet start to the chase, but can New Zealand make some dents and try to make a game of this? Back in around 35 minutes for the rest of the chase.

End of over 5. 1 runs this over. 13/1 after 30 balls.
F du Plessis 1 (9b 0x4 0x6 ) TG Southee 1-0-1-0
HM Amla 5 (11b 1x4 0x6 ) more

koti reddy: "Good tactic from Kane to include Jeetan to counter the de kock in the last two matches. This is the same tactic what missed by the captains of SL and AUS against SA in the past when de Kock is plundering them bowlers "

End of over 4. 5 runs this over. 12/1 after 23 balls.
HM Amla 5 (10b 1x4 0x6 ) TA Boult 2-0-10-0
F du Plessis 0 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 3. 1 runs this over. 7/1 after 18 balls.
F du Plessis 0 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) JS Patel 2-0-2-1
HM Amla 1 (5b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 2. 5 runs this over. 6/0 after 12 balls.
HM Amla 0 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) TA Boult 1-0-5-0
Q de Kock 6 (9b 1x4 0x6 ) more

rob : "Top performance from SA with ball and in the field. Very disappointing batting from the kiwis but the last two years show that the black caps are desperately short of proven world class batsmen. If one of the top four don't fire we're curtains."

End of over 1. 1 runs this over. 1/0 after 6 balls.
HM Amla 0 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) JS Patel 1-0-1-0
Q de Kock 1 (5b 0x4 0x6 ) more
Q de KockC KS Williamson B JS Patel67101060
HM AmlaC MJ Santner B C de Grandhomme847281028.57
F du Plessisnot out 51136906056.67
JP DuminyC MJ Santner B JS Patel315100030
AB de VilliersC L Ronchi B JDS Neesham23342122109.52
DA Millernot out 45453562128.57
D Pretorius -
CH Morris -
AL Phehlukwayo -
K Rabada -
Imran Tahir -
Total 150/4
JS Patel5.002625.2
TA Boult9.204404.71
TG Southee10.014004
C de Grandhomme4.001614
MJ Santner2.00904.5
JDS Neesham2.001015