Durban: South Africa sent New Zealand crashing to an eight-wicket defeat with 47 balls to spare in the first Twenty20 International at Kingsmead on Friday (December 21).
Rory Kleinveldt, the pacer, took two early wickets to start a slide from which New Zealand never recovered. They were bowled out for 86 after winning the toss. Kleinveldt took the key wickets of Rob Nicol and Brendon McCullum, the captain, and finished with three for 18 to capture the Man of the Match award.
South Africa romped home in 12.1 overs with Faf du Plessis, the new captain, making 38 not out, while Quinton de Kock, who making his debut four days after his 20th birthday, slammed a quick 28 not out.