Right then, that's it from us for this match. It wasn't quite a classic but South Africa would take that win all day long. Now the attention shifts to the Test series, where a notable absentee is AB de Villiers. The first Test is in Dunedin which starts from Wednesday, 8th March, 2017, at 1100 local time (2200 GMT, previous night). South Africa whitewashed Sri Lanka at home while the Kiwis defeated Bangladesh 2-0 here. It promises to be a good series. In the meanwhile, you can catch all the action from the second India-Australia Test. Until then, Adios! Take Care!
South African skipper, AB DE VILLIERS says winning a lot of tosses made it a lot easier (South Africa won 5 out of 5 tosses in the series). Says New Zealand played good cricket the whole series. Credits the batting team for a fantastic effort. Reckons the pitch was a bit slower and informs that finding gaps was difficult. Thinks his bowlers took wickets at regular intervals to put New Zealand under pressure. Says that Faf du Plessis and David Miller played fantastic knocks. Calls Faf a great player and informs that the talk at the centre (when he and Faf were batting) was to stay in the middle. Admits that he's going to miss the Test series but wishes luck for the boys and mentions that he'll enjoy the series from home.
New Zealand skipper, KANE WILLIAMSON admits that it was a disappointing effort with the bat, Praises the Proteas and feels they totally deserve the series win. Is proud of the way his team fielded tonight. Feels that the batting needed to put up some more runs on the board and 150 was definitely not enough. Aims to continue improvement by assessing their performance against the top sides. Is happy after a terrific home summer but still wishes for that one big performance which could have got them the trophy. Wants his side to move up the ODI rankings.
KAGISO RABADA has been named the MAN OF THE MATCH. He says that he just tried to get some rest a day before so that he could be fresh today. Admits that it was tough to play the short ball on this pitch and they utilized it to their advantage. Is looking forward to transform from ODI cricket to Test cricket in the upcoming series.
In spite of the constant pressure, Faf du Plessis held his own and was well supported by David Miller's 45 that came at a strike rate of 128.57 as the pair assured that they regain the numero uno status in ODIs. Coming to the Kiwi bowlers, it was a stupendous effort from them. Everyone contributed here and there. Had the runs been a little more, there could've been a twist. Stay tuned for the presentation.
It still seemed like that it was South Africa's game but the wickets of Jean-Paul Duminy and captain AB de Villiers, who was sent back to the hut because of a ripper from Jimmy Neesham, made the match more interesting than it should've been. Williamson followed McCullum's school of captaincy as he never let go of the aggressive field settings and maintained pressure on the Proteas.
Not quite a Grant Elliott kind of six, but a four from Faf du Plessis sealed the match and the series for the South Africans. A match that they ideally should've won easily, but some smart captaincy and outstanding bowling from the Kiwi bowlers made life difficult for the Proteas. It all started because of de Kock's brain fade as he fell prey to Jeetan Patel, who opened the bowling for the hosts. From there on, a flurry of dot balls from the Black Caps made Hashim Amla play a false shot and depart.
Trent Boult to Faf du Plessis
FOUR! Those are the winning runs! What a way to finish the game. Banged in short outside off, du Plessis is back in a flash and pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary. That brings up Faf's half century as well and SOUTH AFRICA WIN BY 6 WICKETS, TAKING THE 5-MATCH SERIES 3-2!
Trent Boult to David Miller
TOP EDGE, DROPPED! That should have been taken. A short ball around off, goes for the pull but gets a top edge. The ball goes high in the air and Jeetan Patel comes running in from fine leg. He gets to the ball, dives forward, takes the catch but as soon as the hand makes contact with the ground, the ball spills out. A single taken. Patel shakes his head.
Mitchell Santner to Faf du Plessis
Slides on with the arm, pitching around off, Faf is rooted in his crease and misses his flick, getting hit on the pads. Santner appeals for LBW but then bails out. Missing leg.
Pushes this towards mid on now.
Full and outside off, driven back to the bowler.
Mitchell Santner to David Miller
Full and outside off, Miller heaves it to the leg side but the ball goes off the inner half of the bat towards mid on. A run taken.
Goes back and works it through the leg side for a single.
Landed around off, watchfully defended.
MITCHELL SANTNER comes back for the final rites.
The batsman defends it from within the crease.
A low full toss on middle, pushed towards mid on.
Outside off, dabbed to third man for a single.
Full and outside off, driven straight to mid off.