A superb batting performance from JP Duminy and an amazing piece of death bowling from Dale Steyn saw South Africa defeat New Zealand by two runs in their ICC World Twenty20 Group 1 encounter at the Zagur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong on Monday. New Zealand won the toss and chose to field. The Proteas opening pairing of Hashim Amla and Quinton De Kock took them to 16/0 before De Kock (4) departed closely followed by skipper Faf Du Plessis (13) leaving the Proteas on 32/2.
AB De Villiers was the next man in but he only managed five runs bringing in JP Duminy. The Cape Cobras batsman and Amla took the men from South Africa to 97/1 before the opener was caught and bowled by Corey Anderson (2-28). Duminy brought up his half century (31 balls) but his partner at the crease David Miller departed for six and he was followed by Albie Morkel (13) soon after. Dale Steyn (1 not out) was the next man at the crease for the last over and with Duminy (86 not out) saw the South Africans to the end of their 20 overs on 170/6.
The Black Caps got off to a flyer with Kane Williamson and Martin Guptil getting them to 57/0 before Guptil departed for 22. Ross Taylor joined Williamson and the runs continued with the Kiwis getting to 116/2 before Williamson departed for 51 with his side requiring 54 off 39. Taylor was joined by Colin Munro and they took the New Zealand total to 140/3 before Munro was out for seven off the bowling of Imran Tahir (2-27).
The wicket of Corey Anderson soon followed with the men from the land of the long white cloud needing seven runs off the last over. The Steyn Remover (4-17) was given the ball and bowled one of the best final overs in the short history of twenty-over cricket. The Phalaborwa Express took the wickets of Taylor (62), Luke Ronchi (5) and Nathan McCullum (4) leaving the New Zealanders needing 3 off the last ball. Steyn capped of an superb over with a dot ball and the Proteas ran out winners by two runs. The man of the match award went to JP Duminy for his brilliant 86 not out from only 57 balls.