Steyn takes SA home

2014-03-25 00:00

DALE Steyn proved why he is the world’s most respected fast bowler in all formats of the game as he gave the Proteas a much needed, thrilling two-run win over New Zealand in the World Twenty20 in Chittagong yesterday.

Needing seven from the last over to send the Proteas crashing to their second defeat of the tournament after losing to Sri Lanka by five runs on Saturday, the Kiwis failed to reckon with Steyn who had other ideas as he conceded just four runs, taking two wickets and affecting a run out off the final ball.

Steyn’s over could be consigned to the history books as perhaps the greatest yet in international T20 history and although the win sees the Proteas still in third place in the group behind New Zealand and leaders Sri Lanka on run rate, some ground should be made in Thursday’s clash with the Netherlands.

Earlier, Kiwi skipper Brendon McCullum won the toss and asked the Proteas to take guard. After a shaky start they recovered from 42-3, with Quinton de Kock (4), Faf du Plessis (13) and AB de Villiers (5) back in the hut, to post a respectable 170-6, thanks to a blistering 86* from JP Duminy off 43 balls with 10 boundaries and three sixes. He scored 39 of his runs in the final five overs as the Proteas posted a total that proved just out of reach. The only other noteworthy contribution was from Hashim Amla who added 41 from 40 balls.

Corey Anderson (2-28) and Tim Southee (2-46) were the most successful Kiwi bowlers.

The Kiwis got off to a great start as Martin Guptill (22) and Kane Williamson (51) set the platform with 51 for the first wicket. Always in touch with the required rate, New Zealand appeared to have the game in hand with Ross Raylor at the wicket as he took a liking to Morné Morkel, smashing him for three consecutive sixes in one over. Taylor’s 62 from 37 balls with four boundaries and three sixes proved to be a lone stand as wickets started to fall and the tension mounted.

Morné Morkel returned for the penultimate over, finishing with the forgetful figures of 0-50 in three overs and it was left to Steyn to show how it needed to be done. Fine catches from keeper De Kock and Du Plessis in that final over to get rid of Luke Ronchi (5) and Nathan McCullum (4) added to the tension and with three needed to win, Taylor could only hit the final ball back to Steyn who completed the run out as New Zealand finished on 168-8. Steyn was magnificent in claiming 4-17 in his four overs, just short of his best of 4-9 against the West Indies in three overs.

“Dale (Steyn) was my trump card and I needed to bring him back into the game as he was bowling beautifully,” said Du Plessis after the game.

“The New Zealand batsmen were hitting the ball well and in that context, Dale’s effort was beyond magnificent. JP’s effort was key as we were in huge trouble at the start again. It’s one of the best innings I have seen him play.”

Leg spinner Imran Tahir (2-27) brought his tally of wickets for the tournament to five.


South Africa

Quinton de Kock c Ronchi b Mills4

Hashim Amla c & b Anderson41

Faf Du Plessis c N McCullum b Southee13

AB de Villiers b N McCullum5

JP Duminy not out86

David Miller c & b Anderson6

Albie Morkel b Southee13

Dale Steyn not out1

Extras (1w)1

TOTAL (six wickets in 20 overs)170

Fall of wickets: 1-16, 2-32, 3-42, 4-97, 5-131, 6-159.

Bowling: Kyle Mills 4-0-29-1, Mitchell McClenaghan 4-0-30-0 (1w), Tim Southee 4-0-46-2, Nathan McCullum 4-0-24-1, Corey Anderson 3-0-28-2, Kane Williamson 1-0-13-0.

New Zealand

Martin Guptill c de Kock b A Morkel22

Kane Williamsonc de Villiers b Steyn51

Brendon McCullum st de Kock b Tahir4

Ross Taylor run out62

Colin Munro c Amla b Tahir7

Corey Anderson c Miller b Steyn7

Luke Ronchi c de Kock b Steyn5

Nathan McCullum c Du Plessis b Styen4

Tim Southee not out0

Extras (2lb, 4w)6

TOTAL (eight wickets in 20 overs)168

Fall of wickets: 1-57, 2-66, 3-117,4-140, 5-148, 6-164, 7-168, 8-168.

Bowling: JP Duminy 3-0-30-0, Lonwabo Tsotsobe 4-0-29-0 (1w), Dale Steyn 4-0-17-4, Morne Morkel 3-0-50-0 (1w), Albie Morkel 2-0-13-1, Imran Tahir 4-0-27-2 (2w).

Result: SA won by 2 runs.

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