It has turned out to be a humbling defeat in the end for the home side. They have not been able to last 15 overs against a dominant South African side. The visitors were on top right from the beginning. They first put up a competitive total on board. Chris Morris then came out and bowled a wonderful spell with the new ball and that set the tone for the rest of the match. Imran Tahir has managed to take five wickets and lead the capitulation of the Kiwis.
Live Cricket Score, New Zealand vs South Africa, T20I
1430 hrs IST: GONE! Imran Tahir with his fifth and that’s it! South Africa have won by a thumping 78 runs. Tim Southee is the last man to be dismissed.
1425 hrs IST: OUT! Ben Wheeler dismissed for six, Imran Tahir picks up his fourth wicket, South Africa need just one more to win the match.
1424 hrs IST: New Zealand are not going down without a fight, Tim Southee smashed three sixes off the thirteenth over bowled by Parnell
1417 hrs IST: GONE! Imran Tahir picks up a third. De Grandhomme goes for 15. New Zealand are perishing now and the Proteas can smell victory.
1408 hrs IST: GONE! TWO IN A ROW FOR TAHIR, this time its Luke Ronchi who has been dismissed this time by being caugh behind. South Africa seem to be in a hurry.
1406 hrs IST: OUT! Tom Bruce, the settled player has been taken off and it now looks very bad for the Kiwis,. Imran Tahir with his first for the day.
1400 hrs IST: GONE! Corey Anderson, Phehlukwayo the man again. Anderson came in after the dismissal of Kane Williamson and has lasted less than two overs putting up 6 runs on the board. New Zealand are in dire straits.
1358 hrs IST: South Africa are not letting New Zealand get away with it and the Kiwis need one or two big overs to let out some of the pressure.
1345 hrs IST: OUT! Kane Williamson has been dismissed for 13, Phehlukwayo gets his first of the day and that is of the New Zealand skipper. The Kiwis are 39/3.
1330 hrs IST: South Africa sustain pressure from both ends. Runs difficult to come by for the hosts. This is a very disciplined effort by both Morris and Paterson in the powerplay overs
1327 hrs IST: Double wicket maiden for Morris and New Zealand need to do the repair job now. The asking rate climbs to over 10 every now
1325 hrs IST: WICKET! 2/2 for Morris as Munro is clean bowled for a golden duck. This is a fine fine start by the South African seamer. New Zealand in a spot of bother at 10/2
1324 hrs IST: WICKET! Morris draws first blood as Phillips is out caught behind after scoring just five. New Zealand 10/1 in the third over of the chase
1322 hrs IST: Fine start by both South African seamers. New Zealand 10/0 after two overs
1320 hrs IST: Dane Paterson introduced from the other end. South Africa need some tight overs in the powerplay to put pressure on the hosts in the chase
1317 hrs IST: Morris concedes five from the opening as Williamson ends the over, which is turning out to be a good one for the visitors, with a boundary. 5/0 after one
1315 hrs IST: New Zealand openers Glenn Phillips and Kane Williamson are out in the middle for the 186-run chase. Chris Morris with the new ball for South Africa
1310 hrs IST: After a strong start, South Africa will be disappointed with the “par total”. Onus now on the bowlers to do something similar to what Boult did with the new ball
1257 hrs IST: Parnell gets a boundary off his first, and the last, ball of the innings. South Africa end with 185/6. Disappointing day for Southee who returns wicketless and concedes 47 runs from his four overs. Amla top scores for the visitors with a 43-ball 62
1255 hrs IST: WICKET! Duminy is run-out after scoring a 16-ball 29. One ball to go, South Africa 181/6
1252 hrs IST: A very fine Trent Boult spell come to an end. The seamer returns with figures of 2/8. South Africa 173/5 after 19 overs
1249 hrs IST: WICKET! Boult back into the attack and he breaks the stand. Behardien goes big but finds Anderson in the deep. These regular wickets are hurting the Proteas in the death overs
1245 hrs IST: With Duminy going after everything, Behardien needs to ensure that he gives the strike back to the aggressive southpaw without consuming too many deliveries
1244 hrs IST: Going, going, gone! Duminy hits Wheeler all the way for his second six of the innings. Smaller boundaries mean South Africa need at least 190
1242 hrs IST: South Africa 157/4 at the end of the 17th over. 200 very much on the cards if Duminy continues to show the intent he has shown from ball one today
1240 hrs IST: Duminy brings up the 150 for South Africa with consecutive boundaries off Southee
1236 hrs IST: WICKET! Grandhomme does the trick again. Scalps the big fish AB de Villiers this time. Third quick wicket and South Africa are losing their way towards the fag end of the innings. 145/4
1233 hrs IST: AB continues to do what he does best from the other end – find the boundaries with ease. He moves to 20 off 14, and has already hit three fours. South Africa 139/3 after 15 overs
1231 hrs IST: And, he gets going. Just two deliveries faced and he clears the rope with ease. As we enter the last six overs, South Africa would need more of those if they are to touch the 200-run mark
1230 hrs IST: WICKET! Two set batsmen back in the hut in quick succession as Wheeler now gets rid of Amla, who was looking fluent on 62. New Zealand do well to fight their way back into the game with quick wickets. JP Duminy is the new man in
1225 hrs IST: With an on-song Amla and dangerous AB in the middle, South Africa would hope to post a big total in the T20I against New Zealand. The Black Caps on the other hand would want to make most of Du Plessis wicket, and hit back with one more
1220 hrs IST: WICKET! The Solid South African stand comes to an end as Grandhomme traps Du Plessis in front. Amla and Du Plessis put on 87 runs, and scored a little over 10 every over. Expect some fireworks now as AB de Villiers walks out to the middle
1214 hrs IST: 10 overs gone and at the halfway mark, South Africa are 98 for the loss of one wicket. Brilliant batting from Du Plessis and Amla. Williamson bring back Trent Bould
1210 hrs IST: FIFTY! Hashim Amla with a cut shot and gets a four. Reaches his half-century. Brilliant batting from the South Africa opener
1206 hrs IST: Some super batting from South Africa. They have reached 72 for the loss of one wickets after 8 overs. New Zealand need a wicket or two here and get rid of this partnership
1200 hrs IST: South Africa were running away with the match in the powerplay. Kane Williamson brings on Mitchell Santner as soon as poweplay ends. South Africa are 56 for the loss of one wicket after six overs
1155 hrs IST: 17 runs off the fifth over for South Africa and they are 42 for the loss of one wicket. Hashim Amla hitting four fours in a row on the first four balls of that over
1143 hrs IST: WICKET! Quinton de Kock dismissed by Trent Boult. De Kock gets a duck as an opener in this match. One fielder in the deep and he has hit it straight to that. Boult gets the first wicket for New Zealand
1140 hrs IST: South Africa are 14 without a loss after two overs. Good start for South Africa but New Zealand will be desprate for an early wicket. Both Amla and de Kock can score quick runs
1137 hrs IST: Amla gets going for South Africa. He shows his class and cracks two boundaries in the second over bowled by Wheeler. Consecutive fours for South Africa
1131 hrs IST: South Africa are away with four byes. Trent Boult starts the bowling for New Zealand. Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock opening the batting for South Africa
1125 hrs IST: Time for the national anthems in Auckland. Both teams are out on the pitch. New Zealand are bowling first in Auckland. The clouds are still dark
1111 hrs IST: Playing XI for South Africa
Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis, JP Duminy, Farhan Behardien, Chris Morris, Wayne Parnell, A Phehlukwayo, Imran Tahir, D Paterson
1110 hrs IST: Playing XI for New Zealand
Kane Williamson, Glenn Phillips, Colin Munro, Corey Anderson, T Bruce, Colin de Grandhomme, Luke Ronchi, Mitchell Santner, B Wheeler, Tim Southee, Trent Boult
1101 hrs IST: New Zealand have won the toss and elected to bowl in the only T20I against South Africa in Auckland
1055 hrs IST: Some dark clouds still over Auckland. This could be the rain that is looming over the city. It has gone away for sometime now but there are still chances of rain
1050 hrs IST: New Zealand will be opening with Phillips who has been hailed as the next McCullum for them. There is Kane Williamson as captain and the rest is more or less the same team. For South Africa, it will be a question of where to send Quinton de Kock in
— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) 17 February 2017
1040 hrs IST: Hello and welcome to the only T20 international between New Zealand and South Africa from the Eden Park in Auckland. Big match for New Zealand as this will be the first match of the long tour by South Africa. The hosts have been in terrific form but so have been the visitors.