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De Villiers, Phehlukwayo hold nerve in last-over win for South Africa

AB de Villiers played a responsible knock for South Africa
AB de Villiers played a responsible knock for South Africa

South Africa 210-6 (de Kock 69) beat
New Zealand 207-7 (Williamson 59) by four wickets
First One-Day International in Hamilton

AB de Villiers and Andile Phehlukwayo played vital knocks after Quinton de Kock smashed a blistering fifty as South Africa chased down 208 runs with four wickets in hand in a rain-reduced 34-over first One-Day International in Hamilton to claim a 1-0 lead in the series.

After a close to three-hour rain delay the game started with 34 overs per side. South Africa had won the toss and invited New Zealand to have a bat first.

Chris Morris (4-62) trapped Tom Latham (0) LBW in the third over after South Africa opted to take a review against a not out decision from the umpire.

Dean Brownlie (31) was joined by Williamson (59) at the crease and the New Zealand skipper smashed Imran Tahir (0-42) for a six in the 10th over by the end of which New Zealand were 54 for one.

Morris returned back for a fiery spell during which he removed Brownlie, Ross Taylor (1) and Neil Broom (2) in a span of two overs as New Zealand were reeling at 82 for four.

Williamson reached his fifty off 48 deliveries but was soon castled by Tabraiz Shamsi (1-39) in the 21st over. Contributions from James Neesham (29), Mitchell Santner (17), Colin de Grandhomme (34 not out) and Tim Southee (24 not out) ensured New Zealand had posted a decent total of 207 for seven in their allotted 34 overs.

Morris was the pick of the South African bowlers with a four-wicket haul to his name.

Hashim Amla (35) smashed Boult (1-45) for three consecutive boundaries in the fourth over to get the chase going while de Kock (69) too joined the action as the duo brought their 50-run stand in the 10th over.

De Kock stepped up the ante further and completed a 47-ball fifty as South Africa posted 86 for naught in 15 overs.

Williamson (1-17) brought New Zealand back into the game when he held a return catch to dismiss Amla in the 16th over following which de Kock shared another 29-run stand with Faf du Plessis (14).

However, New Zealand made an incredible comeback in the game picking four wickets in a span of three overs. Ish Sodhi (1-36) and Boult removed du Plessis and de Kock respectively while Tim Southee (2-47) produced a double-wicket 23rd over in which he accounted for JP Duminy (1) and Farhaan Behardien (0).

With the score reading 127 for five, de Villiers (37 not out) held one end up and tried to steady the innings with Morris (16) with a 30-run stand but Mitchell Santner (1-33) had the latter caught at long-on in the 27th over.

South Africa needed 50 runs from the final seven overs which they complicated to 29 runs from 18 deliveries. Phehlukwayo (29 not out) eased the pressure with his 23-ball knock which had two boundaries and a six.

With 12 runs needed off the final over, Phehlukwayo struck a vital six which was followed by a boundary from de Villiers as South Africa secured a thrilling four-wicket win with one more ball in hand. De Kock bagged the man of the match award for his 69-run knock.

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