THE Castle Lager Proteas tour of New Zealand came to a disappointing conclusion when the third and final ODI was washed out at Hamilton on Monday. The Proteas, having been put into bat under overcast conditions, had scored 157/3 in 30.4 overs before the rain came down.
The Proteas thus win the series 2-0.
Quinton de Kock was unbeaten on 80 (94 balls, 11 fours) and AB de Villiers on 33 (37 balls, 4 fours) and had shared a partnership of 87 off 83 balls to put the Proteas in a strong position to build a total in the region of 280 to 300.
The Proteas rested Dale Steyn, Faf du Plessis and Imran Tahir from the fixture – the latter two suffering from minor injuries – and gave first opportunities in the series to Kyle Abbott and Wayne Parnell while Ryan McLaren also returned to the side.
The changes enabled Rilee Rossouw and David Miller to bat up the order at Nos. 3 and 4 but they were unable to take advantage of the opportunity.
Matt Henry was the most successful New Zealand bowler, taking 2/40 in 8 overs.
The Proteas now move on to Australia to play three T20 International matches and five ODIs. All matches are broadcast live on SuperSport2.