South Africa’s tactics against Ross Taylor
Ross Taylor produced a match-winning century, scoring 102* off 110 deliveries to break South Africa’s streak of 12 wins on a row. The South African’s bowlers kept it tight to him early on, but he did not succumb to the the delivery bowled in the off-stump channel.
De Kock scoring runs again from square of wicket
Quinton De Kock gave the perfect start for South Africa in their pursuit of 290. He quickly got his fourth consecutive fifty-plus score in ODIs. Typically he scored predominantly square of the wicket, especially against the pacers, against whom he scored 84% of his runs through that region.
South Africa Lose their way out
It was going well for South Africa till AB de Villiers and David Miller were at the crease. The game changing moment came when Miller edged one to Latham while attempting to run down a googly from Sodhi. This started the collapse, South Africa lost four wickets between overs 37 and 42, and they could manage only 32 runs in that period.
Sodhi getting his wrong ‘un at the right time
Andile Phehlukwayo walked in pretty much the same situation as he did in the first game, the game was left for him to be finished. Williamson’s decision to bowl Sodhi in 46th over needed to be right, the over before that went for 15 runs leaving South Africa to get only 37 from the 24. By the end of the over, Phehlukwayo managed only a single run, Sodhi kept his over down to four, spinning the game towards New Zealand.
Tim Southee executing Yorkers to perfection
Southee executed his yorkers to perfection when his team needed it the most. South Africa needed 33 required of the 18 balls, the first two balls of the 48th over went for eight runs suddenly shifting the game towards South Africa, but then Southee came back strongly bowling 10 consecutive yorkers to seal the win for New Zealand.