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South Africa bowlers back AB de Villiers blitz to secure massive 159-run victory

AB de Villiers led from the front for the Proteas
AB de Villiers led from the front for the Proteas
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South Africa 271-8 (de Villiers 85) beat
New Zealand 112 (de Grandhomme 34no) by 159 runs
Third One-Day International in Wellington
Scorecard

After AB de Villiers scored a brilliant 85 to take South Africa to 271 for eight, a collective bowling performance from the visitors dismissed New Zealand for 112 in the chase to complete a 159-run victory in the third One-Day International in Wellington to seal a 2-1 lead in the series.

South Africa won the toss and opted to bat first. Quinton de Kock (68) started the innings positively with five boundaries from seven overs but Tim Southee (1-66) had Hashim Amla (7) caught at mid off in the ninth over.

With a six to deep square leg, de Kock completed the first powerplay for South Africa with score reading 48 for one.

Faf du Plessis (36) looked positive from outset and de Kock went on to complete his 50 at a strike rate of 100. This was also his fifth consecutive innings of 50+ scores.

Colin de Grandhomme (2-40) brought the hosts back into the game when he dismissed both de Kock and du Plessis in a span of three deliveries leaving South Africa in a spot of bother at 115 for three.

The innings collapsed further when JP Duminy (16) was run out while Mitchell Santner (1-45) and Lockie Ferguson (1-71) accounted for the wickets of David Miller (3) and Dwaine Pretorius (11). The score was reading 180 for six at that stage.

However, de Villiers (85) controlled the innings brilliantly and reached his fifty off 59 deliveries. With support from Wayne Parnell (35), de Villiers added 84 runs for the seventh wicket and helped South Africa post 271 for eight in the 50 overs. In the process, the South African captain also went past 9,000 runs in ODIs - the fastest to do so surpassing Sourav Ganguly.

Kagiso Rabada (2-39) and Wayne Parnell (2-33) removed Dean Brownlie (2) and Tom Latham (0) early in the chase. Kane Williamson (23) and Ross Taylor (18) tried tor resurrect the innings but found tough to negate the pace attack of the Proteas.

De Grandhomme's (34 not out) held one end up but the wickets fell pretty quickly at the other end and the Black Caps were bowled for just 112 with Pretorius (3-5) being the pick of the bowlers.

De Villiers was awarded the man of the match for his brilliant knock as South Africa claimed a 2-1 lead in the five-match series.

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