A powerful batting display and disciplined bowling helped South Africa [ Images ] to a 33-run victory over New Zealand [ Images ] in the third and deciding T20 International at St.George’s Park on Wednesday.
Opener Henry Davids top scored with 68 from 51 balls as the Proteas posted a formidable 179-6 after winning the toss and batting first.
Left arm spinner Aaron Phangiso and seamer Ryan McLaren [ Images ] then collected identical figures of 3-25 as the Black Caps subsided to a disappointing 146-9 in reply.
The home side were briefly in trouble at 26-2 until Davids was joined by Justin Ontong who belted 48 from 30 balls with three sixes and four during a third-wicket stand of 89 which laid the platform for a dynamic end to the innings.
David Miller struck four boundaries in 28 from 15 balls and Farhaan Behardien finished with an unbeaten 22 from just 11 deliveries.
Martin Guptill [ Images ] (24) and captain Brendon McCullum [ Images ] (25) briefly threatened to make a game of it but the run rate proved unmanageable and wickets fell steadily with the result in little doubt from the 10th over when the Black Caps slumped to 60-4.
The tourists now play a three-day match against provincial side Boland in Paarl from Dec. 28 in preparation for the first of two test matches starting in Cape Town on Jan. 2.