Saturday, 25 October 2014, 04:30pm
Amla inspires Proteas win
Amla made a well-crafted 119 off 135 balls to take man of the match honours, scoring his fourth ODI century of the year and 16th of his career at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui.
A second-wicket partnership of 113 with Faf du Plessis put the Proteas, who were put into bat, in prime position for the final overs.
That stand ended when Du Plessis was caught behind off James Neesham for 67 but that only brought AB de Villiers to the crease and his 37 off 25 balls kept the scoreboard ticking over to keep the pressure firmly on the Black Caps.
Tim Southee gave New Zealand respite as he removed first De Villiers and then Amla. The hosts then made light work of the South African tail, with only JP Duminy able to make much of a contribution with 19 as the Proteas lost seven wickets in the final eight overs and five in the last three.
However, the damage had been done as South African finished their innings on 282 for nine to set an imposing target.
New Zealand never even threatened to reach it as they suffered another top order collapse, swiftly crumbling to 69 for five despite a handful of fielding miscues from South Africa.
Of those five wickets, only Corey Anderson failed to get into double figures, but there was little fluency to the innings and the scoring rate was way off the required pace.
Luke Ronchi, batting seventh, stopped the rot but was made to work with a rapid succession of partners as the Black Caps slumped to 134 for nine.
Along with Mitchell McClenaghan Ronchi was able to frustrate the Proteas with a final-wicket partnership worth 76, but they were merely delaying the inevitable, and Ronchi was the last man out for 79, falling victim to Vernon Philander to leave McClenaghan unbeaten on 34.
The wickets were evenly shared between the South African attack with Dale Steyn, Philander, and Imran Tahir taking two apiece, while De Villiers claimed his first two ODI wickets with figures of two for 28.
There was one concern for South Africa, however, with Tahir hurting his shoulder as he prevented a boundary, and he will be assessed before the final match of the series in Hamilton on Monday.
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Hashim Amla's century led South Africa to victory