South Africa performed the ultimate anti-choke as 21-year-old tearaway Marchant de Lange defended six runs off the last over to clinch the Twenty20 series 2-1. After keeping South Africa to a below-par score on a small ground with short boundaries, New Zealand were on track to cruise to victory and needed less than a-run-a-ball by the 15th over. However, tight bowling from Johan Botha and Morne Morkel dragged New Zealand back, before de Lange's last-over heroics gave South Africa an unlikely win. (Scorecard)
Jesse Ryder, who made his return after a calf injury, scored a typically meaty half-century to take New Zealand to the brink. He slowed down as he approached his fifty and looked to bring it up - and the win closer - with an adventurous shot against Johan Botha. With New Zealand requiring eight, he walked across his stumps to scoop over fine leg but was caught by Morne Morkel on the edge of the circle. That meant the 19th over had cost just three runs and left New Zealand with a new batsman at the crease with seven needed of the last over.
De Lange, playing in just the third twenty-over match of his career, was brought on. His first ball was full. James Franklin drilled the ball to long-off and raced through. Nathan McCullum faced the next ball. It was short and wide but he let it through, expecting it to be called wide - it wasn't. Then, he panicked. Nathan tried to pull the third ball but only succeeded in gloving it high, to give AB de Villiers a catch.