New Zealand Smash South African In World Cup Warm-Up

New Zealand crushed South Africa by 134 runs in a 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup warm-up at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Wednesday.  The Black Caps batted first after winning the toss and although no batsmen scored a century, just about the entire batting order contributed as they posted 331/8 in their 50 overs.

The first four partnerships for the World Cup co-hosts yielded 57, 70, 53 and 40 runs respectively as Kane Williamson top scored with 66 from 53 balls.  Brendon McCullum chipped in with 59 from only 45 deliveries and there was a good 41 from Ross Taylor too.  There would be a late flurry too as Daniel Vettori hit 27 along with Nathan McCullum’s whirlwind 33 off 19 balls while there would be run-a-ball cameos by Corey Anderson (21) and Luke Ronchi (19).

The Proteas bowlers were not spared any of the brunt save for Morne Morkel’s seven overs for 31 runs without taking a wicket.  Vernon Philander, Kyle Abbott and Wayne Parnell grabbed two sticks each but at a high price.  Dale Steyn played no part in the match.

In reply it was the Trent Boult show as the Kiwi quick ripped through the South Africa top order removing Rilee Rossouw (opening in place of Hashim Amla), Faf Du Plessis and David Miller as the Proteas were reduced to 62/6 in the 14th over.  JP Duminy contributed 80 while Philander added 57 in what was always going to be a losing cause from that perilous position.  Boult finished with 5/51 in 9.1 overs as the South Africans were dismissed for only 197 in 44.2 overs.