Black Caps implode in T20 loss

NZ Newswire Updated February 23, 2012, 9:17 am

New Zealand imploded in the closing overs of the third and final Twenty20 cricket international, crumbling under an unlikely South African comeback to a three-run loss at Eden Park in Auckland.

Stung by an eight-wicket loss in Sunday's second Twenty20, the Black Caps looked to be cruising in chasing South Africa's modest 7-165. But they lost too many wickets in the closing overs, the runs drying up in the face of some astute bowling at the death from Marchant de Lange, Johan Botha and Morne Morkel.

Recalled big-hitter Jesse Ryder hadn't played since late last year after injuring his calf, but looked to have set New Zealand up for the win with a 42-ball 52 which included five fours and two sixes.

But the runs dried up horribly, with just 13 off the last four overs, and when the burly left-hander looped a catch to Morne Morkel off Botha with seven balls remaining, the pressure proved too much for New Zealand.

Disappointed Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum afterwards paid tribute to the focused South African bowling attack.

"South Africa put us under pressure and to their credit, they held their nerve. We just weren't good enough at the end there," he said.

Rob Nicol and Martin Guptill crafted an explosive opening partnership, scoring at more than 10 an over in piling on 65 for the first wicket.

Albie Morkel halted the run haemorrhage on the last ball of the sixth over, as Nicol sliced a top edge to Richard Levi at fine leg.

His 33 off 19 balls included five fours and a six, and topped off a superb all-round effort which saw him take two excellent catches, effect a crucial run-out and pick up two wickets for 20 runs off three overs.

Guptill followed six balls later, holing out to Hashim Amla at long off for 26 off the bowling of Botha.

That brought together Ryder and Brendon McCullum, and although Robin Peterson removed McCullum for 18 at the end of the 12th over, New Zealand looked in control until the runs petered out in the last four overs.

Earlier, New Zealand had bowled well to restrict the Proteas after a fourth-wicket 62-run partnership between captain AB de Villiers and JP Duminy threatened to take the game away from them.

Nicol took two wickets in three balls in the 14th over, then Tim Southee and Doug Bracewell kept the clamps on with clever variation in line, length and pace in the closing overs.

Southee finished with figures of 2-22 off his four overs, while Bracewell chipped in with 1-28.

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  1. Kiwi10011:56am Thursday 23rd February 2012 NZDTReport Abuse

    The blame for the loss should be apportioned all around the team from what I saw during the NZ innings.

  2. GEOFFREY11:32am Thursday 23rd February 2012 NZDTReport Abuse

    Ryder the unfit lazy alcoholic numbskull lost the game for us taking 9 balls to get a single to reach his 50. McCullum wanted him in the team by hook or by crook so McCullum has to take the responsibility for the loss. Big Time self impirtance Jesse lost the game for us. Yahoo Yahoo Yahoo

  3. Idiots11:12am Thursday 23rd February 2012 NZDTReport Abuse

    And yet the BC's are still ranked 2nd overall in international 20/20. You whingers need to grow up, who honestly trashes their own team for not winning 100% of the time? 2-1 with a close game like this is not something to cry about like children.

  4. Freddy10:40am Thursday 23rd February 2012 NZDTReport Abuse

    It's NEVER over until the fat lady sings...

  5. Sessh Artist10:37am Thursday 23rd February 2012 NZDTReport Abuse

    What about Williamson 6 off 13 balls or the captain Mccullum 18 out of 20, how about even Guptill 26 out of 25. Why is it that Ryder is to blame just because he was a bit adventerous, trying a scoop shot, okay maybe he did waste a few balls. But as I recall Nathan the younger brother of the captain is supposed to be good at hitting sixes and fours, he went for a duck and Franklin couldn't seem to find the boundary in the last few balls. This is a team fail effort, if anything deduct the 50 off Ryder and how many runs is NZ left with? 112, not even close to the run chase. And Ryder did it from 42 balls.Every one around him wasted balls, get your facts straight before shifting blame.

  6. GARY10:17am Thursday 23rd February 2012 NZDTReport Abuse

    with few runs to go and several overs left would suggest our players had bets put on for them to lose. would have been paying magic money at TAB here and South Africa. Bloody disgracefull the match fixing tht happens in cricket

  7. Dirk Smith10:17am Thursday 23rd February 2012 NZDTReport Abuse

    Hahahahahahah....I've said for years this side is pathetic and take all sorts of abuse..classic bunch of club players...remove Guptill who is the only world class player and you have the same average rubbish being played that was on show in the provincial T20...hahahahahahahahaha

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  8. GARY10:15am Thursday 23rd February 2012 NZDTReport Abuse

    Fixed match

  9. John10:12am Thursday 23rd February 2012 NZDTReport Abuse

    Love it,what a pack of wallies,getting money under false pretences,good old DB RYDER puts himself before the team and the game,get shut of him

  10. fred10:10am Thursday 23rd February 2012 NZDTReport Abuse

    Whats their excuse this time i wonder. pack of dead beats. i feel like jumping off the harbour bridge.See i told you we kiwis are good sports.




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