Singapore: New Zealand were all out for 158 runs as their top order batsmen crumbled against South Africa in the 2000 Singapore Challenge cricket tournament at the Kallang ground on Friday.On a hot and sultry day, Kiwis managed to cross the 150-run mark after they were reduced 55 for five in the 15th over. However, they were all out for 158 in 47.2 overs. For New Zealand, Chris Harris (42), Chris Cairns (27) and Scott Styris (23) were the top scorers.South African bowlers lead by Shaun Pollock (three for 24) wrecked the New Zealand innings from the start. Jacques Kallis (two) and Andrew Hall were the among the wicket takers.The Kiwis, who won the toss and elected to bat, were 10 for two in the fifth over, losing both the openers Nathan Astle (5) and Daniel Vettori (0).
Shaun Pollock bagged both the wickets. Although Stephen Fleming and Chris Cairns showed promises of a long innings, the South Africans struck back in the 12th over. Fleming was run out by Gary Kirsten for 12 (1x4) off 23 balls to make the score 39 for three. The next four overs saw New Zealand lose two quick wickets in the form of Roger Twose (8) and Cairns. At that time, the New Zealand scoreboard read 55 for five. While, Twose was bowled by Jacques Kallis, Cairns, who was playing with gusto, couldn't last long and holed an easy catch to Shaun Pollock. He scored 27 off 37 balls with three hits to the boundaries. Proteas skipper Pollock kept up the pressure on the Kiwi batsmen by intelligent field placings and bowling changes. Craig McMillan (1), who was struggling to get his shots right, could not last for long and was caught by Kallis off Lance Klusener. In the 28th over, South Africa did the damage again.
This time they separated the pair of Chris Harris and Adam Parore, who added 22 runs for the seventh wicket to take the score to 94 for seven. Parore (5) edged a delivery from Andrew Hall to wicket-keeper Nic Pothas, who made no mistake in lapping up an easy catch.Harris was joined by Scott Styris in the middle.
The pair added 35 runs with the lion's share coming from Harris' blade. He was particularly severe on spinner Nicky Boje and pulled a couple of Boje deliveries to the fence. When the Kiwis were 129 for eight, Harris departed, caught by Pothas off Roger Telemachus for a well-made 42 off 69 balls with six boundaries. The fall of Harris dampened New Zealand's hopes of posing a decent total.
The tail-enders did their bit and carried the score to 157 before Styris (23) was leg before wicket to Pollock. Paul Wiseman and Geff Allott couldn't carry on for long. The Kiwis innings came to an end in 48th over. The winner of this match will meet Pakistan in the final to be played on August 27.