Durban: South Africa cruised to a six-wicket victory over New Zealand in the rain-hit fifth one-day international, played at Kingsmead, Durban. The hosts, already 3-0 ahead, needed 153 to win off 32 overs, according to the Duckworth-Lewis formula which they achieved with ease. Earlier, New Zealand totalled a paltry 114 for five off 32.4 overs in the rain-hit fifth one-day international against South Africa. New Zealand, put in on a lively Kingsmead pitch, lost their first wicket to the fourth ball.
Chris Nevin edged a steeply bouncing away-swinger from paceman Shaun Pollock to Jacques Kallis at second slip to be out for a duck with two runs on the board. Three overs and six runs later, opener Nathan Astle was dismissed for three in identical fashion, with fast bowler Allan Donald taking the wicket. Stephen Fleming and Roger Twose added 63 for the third wicket before Twose, on 38, had his middle stump uprooted by medium pacer Jacques Kallis in the 22nd over. Fleming went six balls later when he was trapped in front by paceman Makhaya Ntini for 21.
Four overs after that Craig McMillan fended a Ntini delivery to wicketkeeper Mark Boucher to be caught behind for three. Chris Cairns, undefeated on 25, and Chris Harris, nine not out, nursed New Zealand into three figures with an unbroken sixth-wicket stand of 33. Jacques Kallis was adjudjed man of the match(c) Reuters Limited.