South Africa defeated New Zealand by two runs in a nail-biting finish of a Super 10 group match at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury stadium, Chittagong on Monday.

In a close game it was South Africa, for once, who kept their cool and New Zealand choked as they somehow managed to lose from a seemingly winnable position.

Hero for the Proteas was Dale Steyn whose put on a match turning performance as he returned with figures of 4/17 in his four overs. Needing 7 runs of the last over New Zealand, who were ahead for 39 overs in this match, managed to mess it up as they finished two runs short of South Africa’s total. Earlier in the day, New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum won the toss and invited South Africa to bat.

For New Zealand, Ross Taylor (62) and Kane Williamson (51) scored brisk half-centuries but were found wanted on the day as Steyn managed to steal the match at the end.

Imran Tahir also bowled exceptionally well as he returned with figures of 2/27 in his four overs, while Morne Morkel was the most expensive bowler on the day as he leaked 50 runs of his three overs.   

South Africa began their innings in a horrible fashion losing 3 wickets for just 42 runs on board going at just over six runs an over. Quinton de Kock, skipper Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers were all back in the hut with 4, 13, and 5 runs to their name respectively.

But a 55 runs partnership by Amla (41) and Duminy (86) for the fourth wicket helped the Proteas to get back on track before Amla was dismissed in unfortunate circumstances. Amla played a lovely straight drive but Corey Anderson completed an easy catch as ball bounced off Duminy’s bat, and Amla was adjudged caught and bowl. Believe me, I didn’t make this up!      

However, JP Duminy unaffected by that dismissal played a scintillating knock of 86* runs off only 43 deliveries to propel South Africa to a challenging total of 6/170.

Talking about the team news Faf du Plessis made his much awaited return at the helm of the Proteas affairs, as Farhaan Behardien made way for the skipper.

New Zealand, on the other hand, made no changes to the XI that won the rain curtailed match against England two days earlier.

South Africa will be hugely relieved after this win as the Proteas went into this match with a loss against their name having lost their first match against Sri Lanka by five runs.

Playing XI:

NEW ZEALAND: MJ Guptill, KS Williamson, BB McCullum (capt), LRPL Taylor, C Munro, CJ Anderson, L Ronchi (wk), NL McCullum, TG Southee, KD MillsMJ McClenaghan

SOUTH AFRICA: Q de Kock (wk), HM Amla, F du Plessis (capt), AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, DA Miller, JA Morkel, DW Steyn, M Morkel, Imran Tahir

Brief Scores: South Africa (JP Duminy 86*, H Amla 41, CJ Anderson 2/28) beat New Zealand (R Taylor 62, K Williamson 51, Steym 4/17) by 2 runs