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New Zealand take series win over Proteas

23 January 2013 02:10

An unbeaten century from Kane Williamson carried New Zealand to a 27-run victory against South Africa in the second one-day international.

New Zealand now have an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series with the last contest to take place on Friday in Potchefstroom.

Williamson, 22, smashed 145 from 136 deliveries, including 17 fours and a six, to set up the Black Caps' score of 279-8 from their 50 overs.

In reply, the South Africans were bowled out for 252 from a great position as an extraordinary five run-outs helped contribute to their downfall.

After winning the toss and electing to field at the De Beers Diamond Oval in Kimberley, Proteas captain Faf Du Plessis would have been pleased as his bowling attack put New Zealand on the ropes at 32-2 after 12 overs.

But Willamson and Grant Elliott (48) put 127 on for the third wicket as the pair lifted the Kiwis' run-rate and helped set a challenging total.

Morne Morkel was the best of the South African bowlers with 3-71, but went for more than seven runs per over, while opening bowlers Rory Kleinveldt (2-45) and Lonwabo Tsotsobe (2-38) also tried hard.

The Proteas looked as though they would canter to victory with Colin Ingram (79) and Graeme Smith (66) putting on 129 for the second wicket to have the team sitting comfortably at 167-1 after 30 overs.

But an extraordinary collapse of 85-9 was sparked by James Franklin's brilliant outfield throw that caught Smith short as Brendon McCullum whipped off the bails.

Some more top-notch fielding from the Black Caps contributed to four of the next six wickets being run-outs, including two direct hits from Nathan McCullum.

A last wicket partnership of 20 between Morkel and Tsotsobe threatened briefly to challenge the New Zealand total before Jimmy Neesham (1-20) ended the resistance.

With the fielders taking most of the plaudits, Kyle Mills (2-28) bowled economically, taking the wickets of Quinton de Kock and Robin Peterson.

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