South Africa Win the 3-match ODI Series against New Zealand 2-0, after the third ODI gets abandoned due to rain.

New Zealand won the toss and invited South Africa to bat first. South Africa were 157 for 3 after 30.4 overs when rain forced the players to leave the field.

Quinton de Kock was 80 not out off 94 balls when play was abandoned and captain AB de Villiers was unbeaten on 33, added an unbroken 87 for the fourth wicket. Umpires Rod Tucker and Chris Gaffaney decided that further play was not possible.

South Africa remain at the top of the ICC ODI rankings ahead of their five-match series against Australia.

Skipper AB de Villiers said “Coming here before the World Cup was all about getting used to conditions. Hopefully, we are fully prepared when we get to the World Cup next year.”

“Our preparation looks good on paper but it doesn’t always work that way. We’d love to go to Australia and win that series as well.”

Brendon McCullum was happy his team had been able to get matchplay in home conditions in October.

“It was a good learning experience for us, a good opportunity to get some game time,” he said. “Now we turn our attention to the test series against Pakistan in UAE.”

“A bit of time away from New Zealand before we come back and sink our teeth into the home summer and obviously the World Cup.”

South Africa now leave to Australia for a T20 series and five ODIs. New Zealand’s test squad are scheduled to depart on Thursday for the three-match series against Pakistan.

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