Amla, Morkel propel South Africa

Cricket: Second One-Day International

Hashim Amla missed out on a 10th century but still guided South Africa to a comfortable six-wicket victory over New Zealand in their second one-day international in Napier on Wednesday, sealing the series with a game to spare.

The visitors took the first match in Wellington by six wickets and have now won their last four games in New Zealand, having also taken the final two Twenty20 matches to clinch that series.

Amla, who made a blistering start with seven boundaries in his first 32 runs, anchored the innings with 92 before he nicked a delivery from leg-spinner Tarun Nethula to Brendon McCullum with the victory target of 231 well in sight.

Amla combined well with Faf du Plessis (34) and JP Duminy (43) before captain AB de Villiers (31 not out) and Justin Ontong (17 not out) guided the visitors to victory in just 38.2 overs, making a mockery of New Zealand's innings.

The hosts had been dismissed for 230 in 47.3 overs after fast bowler Morne Morkel had destroyed their lower order, twice having hat-trick deliveries, before he finished with career-best figures of five for 38 from 9.3 overs.

McCullum and Martin Guptill (58) had combined for a 107-run partnership to set New Zealand up for a score in excess of 300, widely considered the minimum required on the small McLean Park ground, when they took their batting power play after the 32nd over with the score on 162/2. The hosts then lost three wickets for 20 in five overs as Kane Williamson (13) and McCullum (85) threw away their wickets trying to smash Lonwabo Tsotsobe out of the park, before Jesse Ryder was then caught behind for a two-ball duck.

Morkel, who had figures of 0-33 off seven overs, then ran through the lower order.

Score Board

NEW ZEALAND

Nicol lbw Tsotsobe    11
Guptill c De Villiers b Kallis    58
McCullum c Ontong b Tsotsobe    85
Williamson c Kallis b Tsotsobe    13
Ryder c De Villiers b Steyn    0
Franklin b M Morkel    6
Ellis c Steyn b M Morkel    19
Mills c Peterson b M Morkel    0
Southee c Steyn b M Morkel    28
Nethula b M Morkel    0
McKay (not out)    0
Extras (LB-5, W-5)    10
Total (all out, 47.3 overs)    230
Fall of wickets: 1-24, 2-131, 3-163, 4-175, 5-179, 6-184, 7-184, 8-221, 9-221.
Bowling: Tsotsobe 10-0-43-3, Steyn 10-1-37-1, M Morkel 9.3-1-38-5, J Morkel 3-0-30-0, Peterson 8-0-43-0, Kallis 6-0-32-1, Duminy 1-0-2-0.

SOUTH AFRICA

Amla c McCullum b Nethula    92
Kallis c McCullum b Mills    4
Du Plessis c Guptill b Ellis    34
Duminy c & b Nethula    43
De Villiers (not out)    31
Ontong (not out)    17
Extras (B-2, LB-2, W-6)    10
Total (for 4 wkts, 38.2 overs)    231
Fall of wickets: 1-11, 2-80, 3-167, 4-192
Bowling: Mills 6.2-1-41-1, Southee 8-0-61-0, McKay 10-1-45-0, Ellis 3-0-16-1, Nethula 10-0-60-2, Nicol 1-0-4-0.

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