Flying start for SA in New Zealand T20
Hashim Amla’s half-century underpinned a strong innings for the visitors, sent in to bat by the hosts
Auckland — A half-century from big-hitting opener Hashim Amla helped SA to 185 for six in the one-off Twenty 20 against New Zealand on Friday.
Amla made the most of the short boundaries at Auckland’s Eden Park to smash 62 off 43 balls as the Proteas made a flying start in the first match of their New Zealand tour.
He received ample support from skipper Faf du Plessis (36) and JP Duminy (29) before the New Zealand attack hit back.
The South Africans looked set to make 200-plus but Trent Boult and Colin de Grandhomme put the brakes on with two wickets apiece.
Boult was particularly effective, conceding only eight runs in his four overs.
New Zealand had won the toss and sent SA in to bat.
Black Caps captain Kane Williamson said he hoped the ball would move around in humid conditions on a slow wicket that was under covers for much of the day due to rain.
"It’s been under covers a lot during the last day or two and it’ll be a little bit sweaty so we want to see what it does first up," he said.
Du Plessis said he was unsure what to expect at the ground, which was the scene of the Proteas’ World Cup semifinal loss to the Black Caps in 2015.
"Hopefully we’ve learned a few lessons in key areas about where to bowl and not to bowl," he said.
New Zealand and South Africa have played 14 T20 internationals, with the Proteas victorious in 10 of them.
It is the opening fixture in a busy tour for the South Africans which also includes five one-dayers and three Tests.