The 2nd ODI of the 3 match series between New Zealand and South Africa was played today and South Afria winning the match by a comfortable margin of 72 runs to seal an undefeatable lead in the series. Hashim Amla was named the Man Of The Match for his fine century. The match will also be remembered for AB deVillier‘s bowling who bowled for the first time and also picked up 2 wickets .

New Zealand won the toss and decided to field first on a pitch which should have assisted the seamers in the initial half. But South African opening duo had some other ideas. They played with a lot of caution and saw of the first half hour off before De Kock was out for 26 off 33 balls. After De Kock’s departure, Du Plessis came to the middle and along with Amla, he made the partnership that shifted the balance towards South Africa. Du Plessis departed for 67, when the team score was 169 and De Villiers came next. He went after the bowling and made 37 runs of just 25 balls and his departure meant a mini collapse for the team and what should have been a total more than 300, ended up being 282.  Amla notched up his 16th century and rest others did nothing significant.

In the bowling line up, Daniel Vettori was economical as usual but did not pick a single wicket. Boult was expensive, going for 70 runs in 10 overs. Boult, Anderson , Tim Southee and Mitchell McClenaghan picked up 2 wickets each and Jimmy Neesham picked 1. Mitchell McClenaghan was excellent with the ball, giving away just 49 runs in 10 overs.

New Zealand, handicapped with the injury problems, came out to chase down the total. Both the openers, Guptil and Neesham looked out of sorts. They found the swing of Philander and pace of Steyn too tough to handle. New Zealand lost their first wicket at the score of just 25 runs to see the 2nd fall at 29. Everyone in the Top 5 took their time to settle down and then lost his wicket and New Zealand could not leave any impact in the game. The only fight came from the Wicket Keeper batsman Luke Ronchi , who scored 79 runs of 83 balls. Brendon McCullum scored just 12 runs off 25 balls.

In the bowling line up, Steyn and Philander put up initial pressure and New Zealand never came out of it. Morkel did maintain it well. The interesting part of the bowling lineup was De Villier’s bowling, who took 2 wickets and bowled for the first time in any first class game.

Everyone who bowled picked a wicket atleast. Steyn , Philander, Imran Tahir and de Villiers picked 2 wickets each and Morkel and Duminy picked a piece each.

South Africa now has won the series with 1 match left in the series.