Paarl, South Africa: New Zealand came out on top in a low-scoring thriller at Boland Park in Paarl as South Africa fell to a one-wicket loss in the first One-Day International of the three-match series on Saturday (January 19). Chasing 209 after choosing to field, New Zealand were undone by the South African pacemen for the most part, before a couple of late partnerships and a stunning finish by James Franklin led them to a famous win.
New Zealand started off miserably, and were two down in two overs, losing Rob Nicol (4) and Martin Guptill (0), the openers, with just four runs on board. Kane Williamson (5) didn’t last long either and New Zealand struggling at 21 for three. However, BJ Watling and Brendon McCullum resisted, putting up 52 for the fourth wicket.
Scoring at just over five runs an over, they took the total to 73, inclusive of Brendon McCullum’s six off Ryan McLaren. The stand ended when Rory Kleinveldt’s inswinger trapped Brendon McCullum leg before, although when the batsman asked the umpire for a review, he had to walk on without one as the lack of power resources at the ground meant all referral tools couldn’t be used.