A startling bowling spell by Dale Steyn saw South Africa beat New Zealand by two runs in a group 1 game of World T20. Despite scintillating knock of 62 runs by Ross Taylor New Zealand could not get over the line.
Chasing 171 to win Kane Williamson and Martin Guptill put up a 57 run stand for the opening wicket. Albie Morkel struck in his first over and had Guptill (22) caught behind. Imran Tahir then took the prized wicket of Brendon Taylor (4) leaving New Zealand on 66/2.
Ross Taylor and Williamson kept the scoreboard ticking as they added 51 runs for 3rd wicket, Williamson (51) after scoring his maiden T20I fifty was dismissed by Dale Steyn and then New Zealand could not tackle the pace of Steyn and spin of Imran Tahir. Both the bowlers contained Kiwi batsmen and kept picking wickets.
New Zealand needed 21 runs from last two overs, captain Faf du Plessis handed over the ball to Morne Morkel who in his spell of two overs had went for 36 runs, Morkel could not hold onto his line and gave away 14 runs in his over and it looked like curtains for South Africa.
Steyn then came back to bowl the last over and Kiwi’s needed seven runs from it. A magnificent display of fast bowling by Steyn regulated New Zealand to only four runs from it with the fall of three wickets including run out off last ball.
Dale Steyn finished with match winning figures of 4-0-17-4 even though he was not awarded man of the match. Spinner Imran Tahir kept Kiwi’s in check and picked two wickets for 27 runs.
Earlier South Africa rode on JP Duminy’s brilliance as he scored unbeaten 86 to see his side finish on a respectable score though at one stage it looked like Proteas may not post 150 or above. Hashim Amla scored almost run a ball 41 at the top while no other batsmen had major contribution.
Corey Anderson scalped two wickets both being caught and bowled. Off spinner Nathan McCullum was economical and finished with figures of 4-0-24-1.
Man of the Match: JP Duminy
Brief Scores: New Zealand 168/8 (Taylor 62, Steyn 17/4) lost to South Africa 170/6 (Duminy 86*, Anderson 28/2) by two runs.