McCullum backs misfiring Kiwis
New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum was unapologetic for his team's approach after South Africa trounced them by eight wickets with 47 balls to spare in the first T20 international on Friday.
Fast bowler Rory Kleinveldt took two early wickets to start a slide from which New Zealand never recovered. South Africa romped home in 12.1 overs with new captain Faf du Plessis making 38 not out. “We played some aggressive cricket and missed a couple of fundamentals on the way,” McCullum said of his team’s collapse to 86 all out.
Du Plessis hailed their “fantastic” performance. “The bowling was fantastic, the energy on the field was awesome,” he said.