Record-Breaking Levi Smashes South Africa To Victory

Record-Breaking Levi Smashes South Africa To Victory
Record-Breaking Levi Smashes South Africa To Victory
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South Africa 174-2 (Levi 117no, de Villiers 39no) beat
New Zealand 173-4 (Guptill 47) by eight wickets
Second Twenty20 International, Hamilton

Richard Levi produced a staggering display of batting, crashing an unbeaten 117 in 51 balls as South Africa secured an eight-wicket victory in the second Twenty20 International in Hamilton.

Levi thumped 13 sixes as he became the sixth man to score a Twenty20 International century, equalling Chris Gayle's record score and hitting more sixes in a T20I innings than any other player had managed before.

His innings came after Martin Guptill's 47 had seen New Zealand post a competitive score of 173 for four. However, that score was made to look woefully inadequate as Levi's heroics enabled the Proteas to reach their target with some four overs to spare.

Guptill was well supported by Rob Nicol (23), Brendon McCullum (35), Kane Williamson (28 not out) and James Franklin (28).

Johan Botha, Morne Morkel and Marchant de Lange all took a wicket apiece for South Africa while Nicol was run out, leaving Colin de Grandhomme unbeaten on three.

And New Zealand made a good start with the ball as Nathan McCullum had Hashim Amla caught for two and Wayne Parnell was stumped off Nicol for four.

Levi had already made a flying start and 41 for two was as good as it would get for the home side.

AB de Villiers played a supporting role with an unbeaten 39 in 36 balls as Levi made the headlines with some stunning hitting which left some of the New Zealand bowlers nursing some sorry figures.

Doug Bracewell leaked 37 runs in two overs, Kyle Mills' brace of overs went for 26 and both Tim Southee (0-40) and Nicol (1-10) conceded ten runs per over.

The result levelled the series at 1-1 ahead of the third and final game in Auckland on 22nd February.

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