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Kiwi bowling vs Proteas too loose: Hesson

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 17/02/2017 Angelo Risso

The Black Caps were badly exposed by loose bowling in Friday's T20 whitewash at the hands of South Africa, coach Mike Hesson says.

Shipping 98 runs for just one loss in the first 10 overs, the Kiwis put in a respectable late-innings show with the ball to limit the Proteas to 185-6.

But Hesson told reporters the damage had already been done, with a dreadful batting performance subsequently condemning the hosts to a 78-run loss.

Pacemen Tim Southee and Ben Wheeler were belted for nearly 50 a piece, while spinner Mitch Santner conceded 40 runs without a wicket to show for it.

Of the bowling attack, only star man Trent Boult and all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme could be pleased with their display, notching 8-2 and 22-2 respectively.

The 27-year-old Boult's display was the third-most economical by a Kiwi in T20 history, a far cry from his exorbitant teammates.

"We were pretty loose, got hit on both sides of the wicket and probably didn't apply what we were trying to do as well as we could," Hesson said.

"To be fair, 185 wasn't too far away from par but when you do that, you need to set a platform and we weren't able to."

The Kiwis were hardly better with the willow, bowled out for just 107 after every player except Tom Bruce failed to score beyond 20.

Star spinner Imran Tahir dominated with the ball, cleaning up the Kiwi middle order and notching career-best T20 figures of 24-5.

Containing the 37-year-old stalwart would be critical for any hope of victory in the upcoming five-match ODI series.

"When you're chasing and need to get 12-14 runs an over off him, he's in his element," Hesson said.

"He's a high quality bowler and we need to put him in a situation where we're able to play him the way we want, rather than having to take him down."

Hesson will have the chance to switch in several of his main weapons for the match at Seddon Park, including stalwart Ross Taylor and the in-form Neil Broom.

However opener Martin Guptill will remain on the sidelines for the first two ODIs at least after injuring his hamstring in training last week.

The side will travel to the Waikato on Saturday morning before training lightly in the afternoon.

Hesson said he expected a similar challenge from the Proteas on Sunday as the world's highest-ranked ODI side, currently on a 14-game streak.

"They've got very aggressive new-ball bowlers, swing the ball from a length rather than floating it up there, they've got good control, keep coming hard at you," he said.

"From a batting point of view they're, from one to seven, real match-winners."

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