Kane Williamson walks off after making an unbeaten 145 for
New Zealand against South Africa in the second one day
international match at De Beers Diamond Oval in Kimberley.
(Photo by Duif du Toit/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
How quickly things can change. The New Zealand cricket
side's tour to forget has suddenly become one to remember as
they claimed a historic one-day series victory over South
Africa this morning.
Set up by a brilliant 145 not out by Kane Williamson, the
Black Caps, with the help of a record-equalling five run
outs, completed a 27-run win to take out the three-match
series with one game remaining.
Following a 2-1 defeat in the Twenty20s and a 2-0 thrashing
in the test series, New Zealand bounced back to make history
with their first ever series win in South Africa in any
format of the game.
They will chase a rare series sweep in the third and final
one-day international in Potchefstroom on Saturday morning
Skipper Brendon McCullum, who took over what seemed to be a
poisoned chalice from Ross Taylor before the tour, rated the
historic series-clinching victory as one of New Zealand's
"biggest ever wins in the limited overs game".
"I'm not going to underplay it. It's a phenomenal effort,
really, to come over here as the ninth-ranked team in the
world against the No 1 team in their own conditions and to be
2-0 up in the series is incredibly satisfying and will
probably go down as one of our biggest ever wins in the
limited overs game. It's obviously a nice way to be finishing
off the tour after a pretty tough time."
McCullum had plenty of praise for Williamson, who not only
made the highest individual score by a New Zealander against
South Africa but also the sixth-best in this country's
one-day history. It was the highest score by a Kiwi against
one of the major test playing nations - Lou Vincent tops the
list with his 172 against Zimbabwe in 2005.
"Kane Williamson's innings was as good an innings as I've
ever seen by a New Zealander in one-day cricket," McCullum
said. "I think a few guys backed it up around him as well and
I thought the way we were in the field was outstanding."
Williamson was composed throughout his innings of 145 from
136 balls, despite suffering cramp towards the end of his
207-minute stay at the crease.
"It was obviously nice to contribute like that in such an
important game but I think the second half of the match was
pretty key with all the run outs in the field on a very good
wicket," the 22-year-old said of his third ODI ton.
"It's been tough alright playing the No 1 team in the world
and the boys really stepped up in the last two games and it's
really rewarding to come home with a series win."
Williamson hit 17 fours and a six off the last ball of the
innings for his career-high score and he shared a 127-run
partnership with Grant Elliott (48).
Few others contributed, however, with Nathan McCullum the
next highest scorer with 19.
They lost Martin Guptill for a duck without a run on the
board and took three and a-half overs to score their first
The Proteas seemed in the box seat in their chase when 167-1
in the 30th over but lost Graeme Smith (66) and Colin Ingram
(79) within four overs of each other, which proved to be the
turning point as the Black Caps took control.
Kyle Mills finished with the impressive figures of 2-28 from
nine overs but it was the New Zealand fielding effort that
constantly did the damage with Nathan McCullum and Guptill
both involved in two run outs each.
The total of five run outs in the South African innings
equalled the one-day record, shared by nine other teams and
the first time New Zealand had achieved the feat.
- Cameron McMillan of nzherald.co.nz