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NZ batting collapse hands Proteas T20 win

NZN 17/02/2017 Angelo Risso

If the Black Caps didn't understand the extent of their challenge against a touring South Africa, they certainly understand now.

A dreadful Kiwi performance with the bat has handed South Africa the simplest of 78-run victories in their one-off T20 international in Auckland.

Handed a target of 186 for victory, the Kiwis could barely muster 100 runs as they were bowled out for 107, with nine of 11 players scoring less than 20 runs.

Only Tom Bruce didn't embarrass himself on a damp Eden Park, scoring 33, while bowler Tim Southee blasted a quick-fire 20 before being last to fall.

The poor batting followed the side's rousing late-innings display with the ball, limiting the Proteas to 185-6 and top-scorer Hashim Amla to 62.

After leaking 98 runs for just one wicket by the halfway mark, the Kiwis relied on sterling Trent Boult and Colin de Grandhomme performances to stay in the hunt.

Boult notched an outstanding 8-2 off four overs, while the returning de Grandhomme snatched 22-2.

The 27-year-old Boult's display was the third most-economical by a Kiwi in T20 history.

Yet it all counted for nothing as the Proteas cut through the Black Caps’ batsmen, who never looked likely to hit the required run rate of 9.25 per over.

"Not one to strive too much for personal successes, it's about doing a job to set the team up to try and win," Boult told reporters.

"They bowled well, especially Imran Tahir with career-best figures, but we were off the mark and outplayed by a pretty good side."

Batting second, debutant Glenn Phillips showed his nerves from the first ball and eventually edged Chris Morris to the keeper, before Colin Munro went next ball.

On the ropes from the get-go, the unusually subdued Williamson then fell for just 13 after hitting to deep extra cover, followed by Corey Anderson.

The 25-year-old Bruce's departure at the hands of an exuberant Tahir, who notched 5-24, then ended the match as a contest.

Luke Ronchi walked quickly before the Kiwi tail was skittled.

"It kicks off their tour nicely," Boult said.

"I'm sure they're relatively happy but the ODI format is going well for us - there are guys contributing across all facets."

Proteas T20 skipper Faf du Plessis said he expected a different Black Caps display on Sunday in the first ODI in Hamilton.

But he was proud of the way his side acclimatised quickly to Kiwi conditions and pitches, and wasted no time getting on top of their opponents.

"If you're getting wickets, it means the run rate will always keep climbing and, obviously, Imran was exceptional tonight," the 32-year-old du Plessis said.

"The star is Imran but the seamers on that pitch were really good in the areas they bowled.

"Two good teams playing against each other, you want to put a peg down."

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