New Zealand top and middle order failure
After being put into bat New Zealand got off to a poor start. Four out of the top five New Zealand batsmen had a strike rate of below 80, which hurt their chance of winning. Lack of partnership too did not help New Zealand’s cause, by the end of the game they had got only two 30+ partnerships.
Luckily for New Zealand, a late surge by Southee and Grandhomme for the 8th wicket helped New Zealand score 54 runs off just 23 balls, taking them past the 200-run mark in a rain curtailed 34 over match.
Well calculated innings from the New Zealand skipper
The top scorer from New Zealand’s camp, Kane Williamson played a well calculated innings of 59 of 53 balls. Initially, in his first 40 balls he scored at a run a ball but he made 19 of his last 13 balls. The Kiwi captained predominantly targeted balls that were bowled either outside off or by the leg-stump.
De Kock targeting the square boundaries
Quinton De Kock was adjured the man–of-the-match for his knock of 69 of 64 balls. He chose which balls to go after and when he did go four the boundary he targeted the shorter side of the ground. Close to 74% of the runs De Kock scored today came square of wicket.
Kane Williamson curious ball
Williamson bowling the last ball of the 16th over, bowled a magical delivery which deceived De Kock. He bowled a delivery that pitched in his own half and then bounced once more in the other half before before de Kock made contact with it. De Kock hit that through covers but could not time it as well.
Tim Southee making use of slower ones
Tim Southee exploited the slow nature of the wicket by making use of his slower deliveries. Of the 48 balls he bowled 22 were slower ones. The deliveries that got the wicket of both Duminy and Behardien were both bowled well below 120 kmph.
The off-cutter’s were gripping the pitch and jagging in towards the the right hander, the South African Behardien fell victim to it, completely missing the ball which crashed into the stumps.