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South Africa won over New Zealand with the series 3-2

Kristopher Love | 05 March, 2017, 04:56

Man-of-the match Kagiso Rabada (3-25) struck early and was the pick of the attack with some aggressive bowling but he was very well supported by Chris Morris (1-34), Andile Pehlukwayo (2-35) and Imran Tahir (2-14).

But, the opener of the South Africa team like - Quinton de Kock (6 runs), Hashim Amla (8 runs) and JP Duminy (3 runs) out early to have the tourists 3 for 48 in the 16th over, comparable to New Zealand's four for 51 at the same stage.

It is the first meeting between New Zealand and South Africa in a one-day match at Eden Park since the 2015 Cricket World Cup semifinal which New Zealand won by four wickets.

In the final match, the best performer of New Zealand with the bat was Colin de Grandhomme (32 runs) batting at number eight, while Dean Brownlie, Jimmy Neesham and Mitchell Santner all made 24 and were the only other batsmen to reach double figures.

After losing three quick wickets though De Villiers and Faf du Plessis steadied before David Miller took the skippers place and along with the Test captain guided the Proteas home to a six wicket win. Miller's flamboyant knock included six boundaries and two sixes.

What might assist them in that cause is the differing nature of their most recent series wins.

The win sealed the Proteas seventh successive bilateral ODI series win.

"There's a bit of emotion in us winning the series, especially chasing under pressure".

"I think we are ready‚ so if all things go well I think we will be there at the end of the tournament". It was quite slow and moved around a bit. "That will never change", de Villiers said. Victory in the decider has put the Champions Trophy firmly in South Africa's sights as they proved to themselves they can perform under pressure.

"They put the pressure back on us and it is always easy to go into a negative mindset in such a situation, so we chose to stay positive and it was a fantastic knock from both Faf and David to take us across the line".

"We will get back together when its closer to the time and get going from where we left off - that's going to be important".

South Africa will back Rabada to also play a prominent role in their Champions Trophy campaign in England in June‚ which will follow the test series against the Kiwis - which starts in Dunedin on Wednesday - and three ODIs against England.