All-Round New Zealand Crush South Africa by 134 Runs
New Zealand 331-8 (Williamson 66) beat
South Africa 197 (Duminy 80) by 134 runs
World Cup warm-up match, Christchurch
Chasing a huge target of 332, South Africa looked in danger of being bowled out below 100 at one stage, but a century stand between JP Duminy (80) and Vernon Philander (57) helped them salvage some pride.
South Africa had AB de Villiers back in the team after missing the first warm-up against Sri Lanka but Dale Steyn was handed a rest today along with Hashim Amla as they fielded a 12-man squad today.
After opting to bat first, New Zealand's opening pair of Martin Guptill (26) and Brendon McCullum (59) were put on to test in the initial overs with some fine display of bowling by Vernon Philander (2-59) and Morne Morkel (0-31).
As the things were easing a bit, the 57-run opening stand came to an end with Guptill flashed a Wayne Parnell (2-52) delivery to Quinton de Kock.
The in-form Kane Williamson (66) joined McCullum and they looked in no trouble adding another 70 runs capitalizing on some lethargic bowling and fielding from South Africa.
McCullum brought up his half-century in 40 balls while Williamson brought up his in 41 balls as New Zealand were looking dangerous at the 19-over mark with 127 on the board.
However, Aaron Phangiso (1-43) got McCullum bowled but Ross Taylor (41) picked up, exactly from where his skipper left.
He added a 53-run stand with Williamson and another 40 runs with Grant Elliott (24).
Meanwhile, Williamson in search of quick runs threw his wicket away caught by AB de Villiers at mid-off off the bowling of Philander while Taylor was stumped going after JP Duminy (1-35).
With a flurry of quick runs at the end, especially from Nathan McCullum, who hit an unbeaten 19-ball 33, New Zealand reached a massive total of 331 in their 50 overs.
Philander, Parnell and Kyle Abbott managed to pick two wickets each while the spinners Phangiso and Duminy managed a wicket apiece.
The home side carried the momentum with the ball too as the top order of South Africa were put under considerable pressure by Trent Boult (5-51) and Tim Southee (1-29).
Rilee Rossouw (2) who opened the innings in the absence of Amla was the first to depart bowled by Boult while de Kock (11) was caught at slip by Guptill off Southee.
There was no respite for the number 3 ranked ODI team with Boult striking twice removing Faf du Plessis (8) and David Miller (4), both caught by Tom Latham.
De Villiers (24) too succumbed to the pressure caught by his counterpart McCullum giving Daniel Vettori (2-29) his first breakthrough.
Vettori then removed Parnell (4) to leave South Africa tottering at 62 for six in the 14th over.
Duminy and Philander combined for a 121-run partnership from 161 deliveries to ensure that South Africa weren’t humiliated badly.
Boult then returned to end Duminy’s long vigil at the crease and then had Morkel (0) caught by McCullum for his five-wicket haul, completing a big win for New Zealand in the process.
New Zealand will face Sri Lanka in the World Cup opener on Saturday while South Africa begin their campaign against Zimbabwe on Sunday.
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