Proteas beat Black Caps to claim series

2012-02-22 11:04

Marchant de Lange took two wickets in a final over that conceded only three runs as South Africa blunted New Zealand’s run chase to win the third Twenty20 international by three runs and take the series 2-1.

The Black Caps, as New Zealand national cricket team is known, started the last over needing seven runs with five wickets in hand to overhaul South Africa’s total of 165-7, but foundered spectacularly to finish on 162-7 for one of its most embarrassing international defeats.

Even a no-ball by De Lange from the last delivery of the innings couldn’t save the hosts. When he overstepped, the New Zealanders needed a four from the last ball to win the match and claim the series.

But Tim Southee, newly at the crease and facing his first ball, played and missed outside off-stump.

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