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24 October 201413:39

Amla, bowlers give South Africa series win

New Zealand bowled out for 210 in second ODI after opener hits century

Amla, bowlers give South Africa series win - Cricket News

AB de Villiers celebrates after taking his first ODI wicket.

South Africa defeated New Zealand by 72 runs in the second One-Day International at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui on Friday (October 24), to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series, and give itself an important confidence boost ahead of the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.

New Zealand was bowled out for 210 in 46.3 overs after it had sent South Africa in to bat on winning the toss.

Hashim Amla top-scored for the visiting side with 119, ably supported by Faf du Plessis (67), providing the platform for an eventually match-winning 282 for 9. Luke Ronchi, who made 99 in the first ODI, came good once again, but his 79 wasn't enough to carry New Zealand to victory.

Amla made the most of his good fortune in a 135-ball stay, with New Zealand unable to hold on to chances. For large parts of its innings, South Africa looked set for a 300-plus total, but the New Zealand bowlers fought back to claim six wickets for 25 runs in the dying stages of the innings, including four in the last three overs. Despite the lack of flourish at the end, South Africa was still in the driver's seat on a pitch where New Zealand had struggled to reach 230 in the opening ODI on Tuesday.

The home side went into this match with Tim Southee fit and back in the XI, and it also had the services of Mitchell McClenaghan, but superb batting and lapses in fielding combined to give South Africa an ideal start.

McClenaghan had an early breakthrough, dislodging Quinton de Kock for 26, but Amla survived an unusually nervy start to forge a 113-run partnership with du Plessis.

Amla edged Southee on 5, only for Luke Ronchi, the wicketkeeper, and Tom Latham in the slips to let the catchable chance sail between them to the boundary. His second chance was offered two overs later when Amla skied a short Southee delivery, but Daniel Vettori failed to come in from the boundary to claim another gilt-edged chance.

Jimmy Neesham, who was punished in his early overs, came back into the attack and coaxed an edge from du Plessis to finally break the dangerous partnership.

AB de Villiers came to the crease to contribute a quickfire 37 off 25 balls before Amla brought up his 16th ODI century off 127 balls, including 11 fours.Amla finally departed in the 45th over when Southee clean bowled him as he shaped to try to find the boundary. South Africa fell apart in his absence, with Rilee Roussouw dismissed for a golden duck, Vernon Philander out for 1 and Miller managing just 7 before he was on his way back to the pavilion.

Southee, McClenaghan, Trent Boult, and Corey Anderson all took two wickets apiece for New Zealand.

While their bowlers were on top of their game, their batting was a let-down, with New Zealand losing half their side with only 69 on the board. Even de Villiers turned his arm over, and got the wickets of Latham and Boult, to end with 2 for 28 in six overs. Had it not been for Ronchi and Mitchell McClenaghan’s 76-run partnership for the 10th wicket, New Zealand would have suffered an even bigger defeat.

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