No team has ever successfully chased down a 170 plus target against South Africa and the heroics of Dale Steyn ensured that it stayed that way. Steyn single-handedly snatched victory from the jaws of defeat for the Proteas by showcasing some stunning display of death over bowling and thus securing a narrow two run victory over the ‘Kiwis’ in their group match .
The bowling Spearhead finished with excellent match figures of four for 17, more importantly he held his nerve in the final over when the Black Caps just required seven and consequently three from the last delivery.
It was hard luck for Ross Taylor who gave bite to the chase with a match making 68 of 37 balls as he was run out of the final delivery trying to hoick it over, only managing a push back to Steyn who eagerly ripped of the bails and let the celebrations follow.
Earlier in the day, The Proteas made a quiet start to their innings, reaching just 39 by the end of the powerplay for the loss of two wickets. They surely looked getting into deeper trouble when they lost AB De Devilliers who was bowled over by Nathan McCullum.
His dismissal brought J.P Duminy on the field to partner Hashim Amla and their partnership changed the game around. Amla played cautiously for his run-a-ball 41 and finally fell comically, when a bunt down the ground struck his partner’s bat and looped up to give Corey Anderson a bizarre return catch. Duminy though was unrelenting on the Kiwi attack as he struck 3 massive sixes and 10 boundaries on his way to match winning score of 86.
Duminy fireworks in the last 5 overs helped South Africa add 70 runs and consequently finish a lot higher than it looked for a majority of the innings.
In reply New Zealand began with morale boosting 57 inside the first seven overs. The Openers Kane Williamson and Martin Guptill making merry over the South African pacemen Morne Morkel and Lonwabo Tsotsobe . But once Guptill and Skipper Brendom Mccullum fell in quick succession, The Proteas felt a comeback was on the cards
Williamson found a great ally in Ross Taylor who clobbered 3 sixes and a couple of fours. But the return of Steyn spelled the doom for the Kiwis as he got the well set Williamson out for 51 and opened the game once again.
With a mere 7 runs required in the last over, the kiwis thought they had the match in the bag but Steyn had other plans as he sent down a fierce over that accounted for Luke Ronchi and finally Taylor.Share this post