South Africa 152 for 4 (Amla 48, Rossouw 38) beat New Zealand 151 for 8 (Williamson 42, Guptill 42, Wiese 2-24) by six wickets.
AB de Villiers did not do what he was supposed to – keep open the batting wicket and – due to a knee injury Faf du Plessis’ meant I had to captain in place. In that role, he did exactly what he was supposed to when put New Zealand in to bat, managed their bowlers, so dragging them and then set cricinfo up a successful prosecution.
Quick Start South Africa New Zealand slowed the race saw 63 without loss after seven overs, to ensure that only another 88 runs in the remaining 13 overs were added.
Even in an area of early season that seem to have the same pace, bounce and carry a strip of South Africa as normally done, that was not enough. South Africa were hardly troubled as de Villiers shared a stand of 50 second window with Hashim Amla, who top-scored with 48 as South Africa claimed a comfortable victory.
The home side took the lead thanks to Aaron Phangiso, who began with an opening on contraction that included the wicket of Kane Williamson. New Zealand threatened to be a demonstration of a person before being hit by the flight and stumped by a bullet 21 42.