South African pacer Dale Steyn produces masterclass in death bowling to script a two-run victory over New Zealand in the World Twenty20
CHITTAGONG (Bangladesh): Jean-Paul Duminy hit a fighting half-century and Dale Steyn took four wickets as South Africa recorded a thrilling two-run win over New Zealand at the World Twenty20 in Chittagong on Monday.
Duminy notched a 43-ball 86 to lift South Africa to 170-6, before Dale Steyn successfully defended seven runs in the final over to help the team win their first match in Group One of Super-10 stage.
With three runs needed off the last delivery, Ross Taylor, who made 62, played straight into the hands of Steyn, who ran him out at the non-striker end to spark a South African celebration at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury stadium.
New Zealand finished at 168-2 in their 20 overs.
South Africa pacer Dale Steyn celebrates the wicket of New Zealand batsman Nathan McCullum with teammates during the ICC World Twenty20 tournament at The Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong on Monday. PicAFP
It was a much-needed win for South Africa, who lost their opening match to Sri Lanka by five runs on Saturday.
Opener Kane Williamson (51) and Martin Guptill (22) put New Zealand on the right path for the chase with a brisk 57 for the opening wicket.
Williamson, who hit five fours and two sixes off 35 balls, added another 51 for the third wicket with Taylor after Brendon McCullum was out for just four.
Taylor, whose runs came off 37 balls with four boundaries, smashed three sixes off one Morne Morkel over to bring New Zealand within 37 runs to get in the last five overs.
Steyn conceded just eight in the 18th over, and had Corey Anderson caught for his 50th Twenty20 wicket, then wrapped up the match in his next over.
Earlier, Duminy hit ten boundaries and three sixes while Hashim Amla made a resolute 41 to guide South African, who were put in to bat.
South Africa's start wasn't ideal as they lost opener Quinton de Kock (four), Faf du Plessis (13) and AB de Villiers (five) inside seven overs with the score at 42.
It was Amla and Duminy who steadied the innings during their 55-run fourth wicket stand to give some respectability to the total.
Amla was finally out in the 14th over, as his drive hit the non-striker batsman Duminy's bat and looped in the air for Corey Anderson to take the catch off his own bowling.
Anderson was the best New Zealand bowler with 2-28.
South Africa were lucky to get their captain du Plessis back after he missed the first match.
He replaced Farhaan Behardien in the team while New Zealand remained unchanged from the side which beat England via Duckworth-Lewis method.
Sri Lanka face the Netherlands in the second match Monday.
The top two teams from each of the two groups will qualify for the semi-finals.
The final will be played in Dhaka on April 6.
Q. de Kock c Ronchi b Mills 4
Hashim Amla c and b Anderson 41
Faf du Plessis c N. McCullum b Southee 13
AB de Villiers b N. McCullum 5
JP Duminy not out 86
D. Miller c and b Anderson 6
A. Morkel b Southee 13
D. Steyn not out 1
Extras: (w1) 1
Total: (for six wkts; 20 overs) 170
Did not bat: M. Morkel, Imran Tahir, L. Tsotsobe.
Fall of wickets: 1-16 (de Kock), 2-32 (du Plessis), 3-42 (de Villiers), 4-97 (Amla), 5-131 (Miller), 6-159 (A. Morkel).
Bowling: Mills 4-0-29-1, McClenaghan 4-0-30-0 (1w), Southee 4-0-46-2, N. McCullum 4-0-24-1, Anderson 3-0-28-2, Williamson 1-0-13-0
M. Guptill c de Kock b A. Morkel 22
K. Williamson c de Villiers b Steyn 51
B. McCullum st de Kock b Tahir 4
R. Taylor run out 62
C. Munro c Amla b Tahir 7
C. Anderson c Miller b Steyn 7
L. Ronchi c de Kock b Steyn 5
N. McCullum c du Plessis b Steyn 4
T. Southee not out 0
Extras: (lb2, w4) 6
Total: (for eight wkts; 20 overs) 168
Did not bat: K. Mills, M. McClenaghan.
Fall of wickets: 1-57 (Guptill), 2-66 (B. McCullum), 3-117 (Williamson), 4-140 (Munro), 5-148 (Anderson), 6-164 (Ronchi), 7-168 (N. McCUllum), 8-168 (Taylor).
Bowling: Duminy 3-0-30-0, Tsotsobe 4-0-29-0 (1w), Steyn 4-0-17-4, M. Morkel 3-0-50-0 (1w), A. Morkel 2-0-13-1, Tahir 4-0-27-2 (2w).
Result: South Africa win by two runs
Toss: New Zealand
Umpires: Aleem Dar (PAK) and Sundaram Ravi (IND)
TV umpire: Paul Reiffel (AUS)
Match referee: Javagal Srinath (IND)