South Africa won the five-match ODI series against the hosts New Zealand after winning the final ODI of the series at Auckland. South Africa choose to bowl first after winning the toss. New Zealand were bundled out for just 149 run.
In reply, South Africa successfully chased down that total in 32.2 overs after losing just 4 wickets.
With this victory, South Africa won the 5-match ODI series by 3-2 margin.
Brief Scores: New Zealand – 149 in 41.1 overs (Colin de Grandhomme 32, James Neesham 24, Kagiso Rabada 3/25)
South Africa – 150/4 in 32.2 overs (Faf de Plessis 51*, David Miller 45*, Jeetan Patel 2/26)
Result – South Africa won by 6 wickets.
Here are some of the statistical highlights of the match:
- New Zealand were bundled out for just 149 runs. It is the 3rd lowest ODI total for New Zealand against South Africa on their home soil. The top two in this list are: 112 at Wellington on 25th February 2017 and 147 at Auckland on 27th March 1999.
Also, it (149) is the lowest completed 1st innings ODI total for New Zealand against South Africa. The previous best was 150 at Perth on 14th January 1994.
- South African leg-spinner Imran Tahir bowled impressive in the match as his bowling figure was 10-0-14-2. Completing 10 or more overs quota in an ODI match, it is the best economical bowling figure by a bowler who did not earn any maiden over. The previous record was 10-0-15-1 by former Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan (against England at Dambulla on 18th November 2003).
Completing 10 or more overs quota in an ODI match, it is also the best economical bowling figure by a South African spinner. Pat Symcox was the previous record holder with the bowling figure of 10-2-18-2 (against Australia at Melbourne on 9th December 1997).
- South African pacer Kagiso Rabada bowled superbly in this match as his bowling figure was 7.1-1-25-3. It is the 2nd best ODI bowling figure by a South African bowler at Eden Park (Auckland). Marchant de Lange is the record holder with the bowling figure of 9-1-46-4.
- South Africa successfully chased down the target with 106 balls still remaining. It is the 2nd largest ODI victory (by balls remaining in the second innings) for South Africa against New Zealand. The largest record is 117 balls remaining at Perth on 14th January 1994.
- It is South Africa’s 7th consecutive bilateral ODI series victories since July 2015. Out of these, 2 were away from the home and other 5 were at home.
- It is New Zealand’s first bilateral ODI series defeat at home since January 2015. In between this time, New Zealand had won 8 consecutive bilateral ODI series on their home soil. Interestingly, South Africa was also the previous team who had defeated New Zealand in the bilateral ODI series in New Zealand (October 2014), before New Zealand’s latest home ODI series defeat.