Kiwis reach 287 for six in fourth tie

Published: Thursday, October 26, 2000, 3:50 [IST]
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Kimberley: Down by 0-2 in the six-match One-day International series, mini World Cup champions New Zealand scored 287 for six against South Africa in the fourth encounter on Saturday.Roger Twose (90), Stephen Fleming (85) and Chris Nevin (68) shared the batting honours. A 93-partnership for the second wicket between Chris Nevin and skipper Stephen Fleming at the top of the order set the tone for the New Zealand innings. South African skipper Shaun Pollock won the toss and chose to bowl first.South Africa struck early when the stylish Nathan Astle was caught by wicket-keeper Mark Boucher off Roger Telemachus.

Nevin, however, kept the scoreboard ticking fluently with his near run a ball effort.Nevin's 68 came off 69 deliveries and included eight fours as well as one six. Roger Twose and Fleming then continued the good work through the third wicket partnership as New Zealand slowly upped the scoring rate and brought it around the five-run per over mark.Roger Twose slowly came into his own even as Fleming continued to hold fort, at the other end, superbly. Twose gained some much in confidence in the middle that he even smashed Telemachus for a six in the 38th over. New Zealand reached 200 runs in the 40th over when Twose hammered Telemachus for a four.The 100-run partnership for the third wicket came off 110 balls.

Fleming lost his wicket against the run of play when he was beaten by a direct throw from Boeta Dippenaar straight into the gloves of Boucher. Fleming and Twose were attempting two runs and the New Zealand skipper was well short of his crease.New Zealand lost quick wickets at the end as they tried to force the pace. Cairns, McMillan and Twose fell to good catches as they went for the big hits. The first match of the series was washed out due to rain.

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