After winning the 2-2 matches in the 5-match ODI series, South Africa and New Zealand played a deciding match at Eden Park, Auckland on 4th March.
The visitor team captain AB de Villiers won the toss and decided to field first.
For New Zealand team, MJ Guptill and DG Brownline came to open. But previous match hero was unsuccessful to score even 50 runs. Again the same problem for the New Zealand team, the upper order batsman six batsmen couldn’t manage to score total 90 runs. As a result, New Zealand fell to 149 runs after 41.1 over. In the SA bowling department, Ramada took three wickets from 7.1 over.
In the second innings, South Africa easily chase the score in the 33rd over, where F du Plessis and DA Miller scored 51 and 45 respectively.
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With that win, South Africa won the 5-match ODI series.
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The winning team captain said AB said, “We won quite a few tosses in the series, and it made it a little bit easier. It is not often that a series goes to 2-2, credit to New Zealand for making this a tough series. Great effort overall. I don’t think it was quick as it is normally here. It was quite slow and moved around a bit. They came back well; they are always a team that squeezes well.”
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“They put the pressure back on us, and it is always easy to go into a negative mindset in such a situation. But fantastic knocks from both Faf and David Miller. I’ll be up watching the Test series in the morning. I’ll miss the guys, but I look forward to spending some time with family before I go back to playing more cricket,” he added.
After losing the ODI series, Blackcaps captain said, “Credit to AB and the Proteas for outplaying us in the match. I think there were a lot of positives with the ball. I think what you need to do is put a score on the board that forces the opposition to take a few more risks. They bowled pretty well, they deserve everything they achieved tonight, but from our perspective, we will look to improve and come back hard.”
“We need to put in those complete performances and show the signs of improvement. This summer at home, particularly, we have played some series against some of the top oppositions in the world, and it has shown us where we need to improve. It has been a great summer, we are a little tough on ourselves, I guess, after today, but generally, there was some good parts both today and in the summer,” he added.
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“The day before the game was trying to get some rest to make sure I had the edge coming into the game. But we have seen how this wicket plays, and the management gave us some pointers about what to do, and we also got a few pointers from the T20 from a few days ago, and tonight we were able to execute our plans well. We are looking forward to the Tests; we have a few new guys coming in. Looking forward to taking out skills from One-Day cricket to Tests and doing well there,” said by 3-wicker holder.