Powerplay difference between New Zealand and South Africa
South Africa’s powerplay burst was just what the visitors needed after being put into bat at Eden Park. Even though South Africa lost De Kock for a duck, Amla got going, scoring four consecutive boundaries off Wheeler. Amla scored 38 runs off 23 balls inside the powerplay while New Zealand lost two wickets and scored only 34.
Trent Boult – dropping his length
Bowling is difficult at Eden Park, with its short straight boundaries. The New Zealand bowlers though came with a plan, they did not bowl near the hitting arc of the batsmen. Trent Boult was the most disciplined of the New Zealand bowlers, keeping that just short of length. He finished his spell with an economy of just 2. He bowled 16 dot balls and did not concede a single boundary.
Sensational new-ball spell by Morris
The Proteas had the Kiwis on the backfoot setting their target at 186, but it was still a gettable target. South Africa needed wickets in the Powerplay and Chris Morris was able to fetch them just that. He set the tone for South Africa, bowling a double wicket maiden in his second over of the match.
He bowled 14 dot balls out of the 18 deliveries he bowled in the match which pushed the required run rate past 10 runs per over.
Quick and Straight
Tahir rarely bowled his leg-breaks bowling only 6 of them in 23 deliveries. He kept to bowling quick straighter ones and googlies. His average speed was near 90 kmph, sometimes he even bowled over 95kmph. On course to his 5 for 24, Tahir became the second fastest to 50 T20I wickets.
South African bowlers attacking the new batsmen
Six out of the ten batsmen who got out for New Zealand could not manage more than six runs. The South African bowlers kept the pressure on, not letting the New Zealand batsmen settle. Out of the fifteen overs New Zealand managed to survive, they lost two wickets in an over three times, in the 3rd, 11th and 15th over, falling 78 runs short of South Africa.