Player of the Match
Player of the Match

Quinton de Kock is the Man of the Match for his 69 off 64 balls on a slow, turning, tacky pitch.

"We never expected it to turn like that in the evening here in Hamilton. I thought we adapted exceptionally well. I certainly learned a lesson today on looking at wickets. It was a good win... We had to fight for every run here," AB de Villiers says

10.55 pm What a game! ODIs in New Zealand are becoming instant classics. At the start, Chris Morris picked up four wickets in no time. Then he gets carted around for 25 runs in the final over. New Zealand were struggling all through the middle overs, until an explosion at the end from Colin de Grandhomme and Tim Southee - 51 in 23 balls.

But Quinton de Kock played another innings that should mark him out as a player to watch out for in the future. An effortless half-century to put South Africa ahead, but Southee was front and centre in the second innings as well, picking up two wickets in two balls as New Zealand took four wickets in two overs to make a match of this.

Then AB de Villiers took over, playing serenly on a pitch that was turning square, so much that the offcutters Southee was bowling seemed like offbreaks from R Ashwin. Let's not forget 20-year old powerhouse Andile Phehlukwayo's contribution, nailing key boundaries in the last two overs to make it easier on his captain. So South Africa have won 12 games on the bounce, equalling their best streak in ODIs, and the second best ever. Thank you for joining us. Hope you enjoyed our coverage of a cracking game. Goodnight

Avneet : "My fellow Indians can stop giving references to Dhoni's ways now. AB, not even half at his mights has won it. He doesnt need to emulate anyone. The guy has collected 20+ runs off dale steyn twice amd 21 runs off Nehra to win for his team in last overs. Hopefully people give their doubts a rest. " It's very different in international cricket though and de Villiers, as great as he is, hasn't quite finished games off under pressure as often as he would like

Andy mac: "Good on ab . He may have lost the World Cup : but here's a good execution on getting a win. Partner did very well too after the mid order collapse"

Southee to de Villiers, FOUR runs, smacks it down the ground to win it for South Africa! Outstanding inning from de Villiers. Although to be honest, this might have been the easiest shot he's played on the night. Half-volley on off stump - Southee misses the yorker - and it's been biffed between the bowler and mid-off

Two from two. Mini conference between AB and Andile. Williamson and Southee's chat is longer.

Southee to Phehlukwayo, 1 leg bye, goes full and straight, Andile tries to flick, gets a leg bye behind square leg

South Africa need three off three

Southee to Phehlukwayo, no run, nails the yorker just outside off, Andile tries to dig it out but is beaten for pace

South Africa need only three from four now

Southee to Phehlukwayo, SIX runs, carries over the long-on boundary! This is a mis-hit. His balance is all over the place, leaning back from the shot, so he gets a toe end and yet it carries all the way. Short boundaries for the win
Southee to de Villiers, 2 wides, slower bouncer, de Villiers tries to get on top of it and swat it into the leg side. Misses. They collect a bye too. Oh, and the height is too much. Called wide by the square leg ump

Another mini-conference between Southee and Williamson. Will he bowl offcutters to the right-hander? Long-on back, mid-off up

raghav: "AB trying to do a Dhoni here : look to push it to the last ball and finish it off"

Southee to Phehlukwayo, 1 bye, length ball outside off - it's the offcutter - beats the big slog. Could have been a dot, but Latham fumbles behind the wicket

South Africa need 12 off the final over. Southee to bowl. He's the team's vice-captain and he's got the captain Williamson in his ear as well. Andile on strike.

Dave Fern: "Can hardly watch, so close and so tense!"

South Africa 2nd innings Partnerships

1st88HM AmlaQ de Kock
2nd29F du PlessisQ de Kock
3rd8AB de VilliersQ de Kock
4th1JP DuminyAB de Villiers
5th0AB de VilliersF Behardien
6th30AB de VilliersCH Morris
7th54AB de VilliersAL Phehlukwayo