Fantasy AnalysisNew Zealand's skipper provided the perfect base for Ross Taylor and Jimmy Neesham to kick on from and provided a big total that the Black Caps needed to contest against the batting powers of South Africa. Having to come to the crease early after the dismissal of Tom Latham for two in the third over, Williamson's 69 came from 75 balls and included six classy boundaries.
Fantasy AnalysisThe left-hand pace bowler picked up the wickets of the three top-scorers for South Africa, Quinton de Kock, AB de Villiers, and Dwaine Pretorius. The last wicket, stopping Pretorius in full tilt, essentially ended the game and took the win for New Zealand. Boult finished with figures of three for 63 from 10 overs.
Fantasy AnalysisPretorius nearly managed to provide the heroics needed to save the game and go 2-0 up in the five-game ODI series against the Black Caps, with a half century coming from just 27 balls and hitting the only sixes of the match. Earlier, Pretorius was the best of the South African bowlers, taking two wickets for 40 runs in his allotted 10 overs.
Fantasy AnalysisThe allrounder came to the crease with Ross Taylor already established and took the initiative to be the one to score quickly and increase the run rate in the back end of the innings. Neesham's third ODI half-century for the Black Caps came from 57 balls and included six boundaries en route to his final score.
Fantasy AnalysisNew Zealand's most-experienced batsman timed his innings to perfection to reach his hundred off the last ball of the innings. It brought his overall tally of centuries to 17 to go one over the former record holder Nathan Astle. In the same innings of 102 from 110, Taylor passed the milestone of 6,000 ODI runs.
Fantasy AnalysisOnly a few short days from fetching a hefty sum from the Daredevils in the IPL auction, Rabada was held out as the Kiwis drew even in the ODI portion of the series with a six-run victory. His next chance to play arrives Saturday, but the seventh-ranked bowler in the format could rest further with two additional ODIs and three Tests remaining in New Zealand.
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