On Wednesday, New Zealand played a do or die match against South Africa to stay their place in the 5-match series. That was the 4th match of the ODI series which played at Seddon Park, Hamilton (01 March-2017).
South African captain, AB de Villiers won the toss and elected to bat first. Captain de Villiers knows that match will be a do or die match for blackcaps, that’s why SA Captain selected to bat first and puts a responsible run on the board.
With the help of F du Plessis and captain AB’s half-century, South Africa reached 279 runs for eight wickets in 50 over.
In the second innings, New Zealand knows that was not a big target for them. They need to keep patient. But opener MJ Guptill took that match in a different way; he scored an unbeaten 180 run for 138 balls.
His 180 and Ross Taylors 66 run smashed the hope of South Africa. And at the end of the match, New Zealand won by seven wickets (with 30 balls remaining).
Now the series is level by 2-2.
Opener Guptill selected for the Man of the Player.
At the presentation Event:
Man of the Match Holder said, “We just kept talking about taking it as deep as we can. It was important to rotate the strike and then accelerate in the end. Myself and Ross had a good partnership.”
New Zealand Captain, Kane Williamson said, “Guppy was unbelievable. Probably the best knock I have seen on the wicket that wasn’t easy. At the halfway stage, when we reflected on it, we would have certainly liked to restrict them too much lesser. But Martin came out and played special innings. And Ross Taylor also did well to take the pressure off him. Overall, I think the guys did pretty well. South Africa bat deep and we would have liked to do well towards the end when we bowled. AB is probably the best player in the world.”
“On this surface, we would have liked to make it a little more difficult for him, so we have to do our homework going into the next game. Every game in this series has been different, as have the grounds and the surfaces. It is important to go into Eden Park and make improvements. Batting was great but there is room for improvement. It was nice to have a few guys back and get over the line. Martin came back and did what he does the best which is hit the cricket ball,” he added.
Defeated Captain AB de Villiers said, “We have to analyse where we went wrong. We struggled to get partnerships going and it was difficult to get momentum going. Fantastic innings by Martin, but there are areas we definitely need to improve. I was confident of the total we got. We needed to get Martin out, but we just could not create enough opportunities to get him out. Imran bowled really well tonight. The conditions change in ODI cricket – 100 overs are a lot of time. I would not say we had the worse or the better of the conditions. We were just outplayed. It’s 2-2, so not all is done and dusted. Big final coming at Eden Park, hopefully, we can do well there.”