New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum said the class and performance of AB de Villiers and JP Duminy repudiated his side a win in the opening One Day International (ODI) against Proteas on Tuesday. Brendon said he was delighted at his team’s counteroffensive style after losing early wickets and the return of veteran all-rounder Daniel Vettori after 15 months on the sidelines, after Wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi’s sandy 99 was the standout presentation for the Kiwi’s but he had little support apart from unlikely partner Trent Boult, with whom he set a New Zealand record 10th wicket partnership of 74 runs. The 3 match series is essentially a World Cup warm up for both sides as New Zealand assembles to co-host the World Cup next year. South Africa could also overhaul Australia as the world’s top ranked ODI team if they complete a 3-0 back to back win over the Kiwi’s, who are ranked 7th. He said there were some fighting standards there but unfortunately the class of AB De Villiers and JP Duminy towards the end meant they could not win.