Auckland: Craig MacMillan, the former New Zealand batsman, has blamed New Zealand's defeat in the third and final Twenty20 at Eden Park on Jesse Ryder for slowing down the scoring so he could get his half-century. New Zealand were coasting towards their target of 166, needing 17 off the last four overs, but lost by three runs and conceded the series 2-1 to South Africa.
McMillian, now a television commentator, said Ryder was guilty of putting himself before the team's needs. However, Ryder found support from his team-mate James Franklin, who said it would be unfair to single out one player for the defeat.
"The reason New Zealand lost their momentum in those last four overs is because Jesse Ryder was trying to get one run for his 50, it took nine (sic. 7) deliveries to get that one run. It's always dangerous when you put yourself ahead of the team and I think that's what Jesse Ryder did last night," McMillan told Radiosport. "I've gone through it last night, the reasons why I thought we lost, and when you need 16 runs (sic. 17) off four overs, which is 24 deliveries, you do it in a canter. You basically get bat on ball and you win easily."