South Africa quickly shrugged off their disappointment in the last game to beat hosts New Zealand in the third game of bilateral one day series played at Westpac Stadium in Wellington. Dwaine Pretorius was once again sensational with the ball in hand as he bagged three wickets and conceded mere five runs from his five over spell to see the New Zealand get bundled out for paltry score of 112 runs while chasing a score of 272 runs posted by South Africa.
South African captain AB de Villiers was named man of the match for his superb display with the bat as he top scored for his with 85 runs and helped his side post a competitive score while batting first on a slowish surface. Colin de Grandhomme was the only bright spot for hosts in the game as he bowled well and made unbeaten 34 runs with the bat.
Wayne Parnell struck early in the innings as Tom Latham went for a duck while Brownlie also soon departed to see the side slump to 16 for 2 from 4 overs.
Williamson was already dropped off Parnell’s bowling by Hashim Amla at first slip in the same over as Brownlie was dismissed.Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson tried to revive the innings momentarily only for Andile Phehlukwayo to the came into the attack and dismiss Williamson as he dragged a ball onto his stumps. Taylor also got pinned leg before by right arm fast bowler Pretorius to see the side in all sorts of trouble. New Zealand never got their innings as they kept losing wickets and were dismissed in 32nd over of the innings to see South Africa complete a comprehensive win and take 2-1 lead in the five-match series.
New Zealand will look to make amends for their mistakes in this game and try to produce better performance against South Africa in the fourth game of the series that will be played at Hamilton on 1st March on Wednesday.