South Africa Lower Order Clicks Again
After being reduced to 180/6 at 38.4 overs, AB de Villiers and Wayne Parnell provided the match winning partnership for South Africa. Before Parnell came in, South Africa’s run rate was 4.6 RPO. AB de Villiers and Parnell added 84 runs for the seventh wicket at a rate of 7.9 RPO, which provided South Africa the ideal surge in the latter half of the 1st innings.
Parnell then followed up his 35 by dismissing Tom Latham for a duck in his first over.
Perfect set up by Lockie Ferguson
The quickest among the New Zealand pacers, Lockie Ferguson, was also the most expensive bowler, conceding 71 runs from his quota of 10 overs. But his quick yorker to Pretorius was one of the best set up in recent times. He bowled a bouncer and then followed it up with a yorker which caught Pretorius on the backfoot and bowled him out.
Tight field set up by South Africa
When Taylor and Williamson were batting, South Africa were not giving easy singles. They kept the fielders well inside the 30 yard circle which stopped New Zealand from rotating strike. From overs 11 to 20, South Africa managed 33 runs through 1s and 2s, whereas New Zealand just could not find momentum and were able to get only 12 runs through 1s and 2s in that period.
Phehlukwayo regularly bowled a back-of-length outside off-stump line. With the pitch slightly on the slower side, he bowled in the corridor of uncertainty, forcing Batsmen to take the risk of driving on the up. Eventually, he picked the two crucial wickets of Skipper Kane Williamson and Neil Broom.
Dwayne Pretorius spell of the match
Dwayne Pretorius finished with figures of 3/5 that included tight spells and also the wickets of Taylor, Santner and Boult. Nearly 67% of the deliveries he bowled were in the back of length region and were targeted at the off-stump channel, New Zealand were not willing to go after these deliveries. As a result he bowled 27 dot balls of the 32 deliveries he bowled.