Klusener snatches away the victory from Kiwis

Published: Monday, October 16, 2000, 18:10 [IST]
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Cape Town: South Africa cruised to a three-wicket victory over New Zealand after having set a huge victory target of 257 by the Kiwis on Saturday.The match had been rendered inconsequential as South Africa had taken a wise-like grip with a 4-0 lead in the six-match series. Kiwis struggled hard to win this match but man of the match Lance Klusener was between victory and Kiwis which they failed to overcome.Lance Klusener was named man of the match and Nicky Boje was adjudjed man of the seriesEarlier, New Zealand making first use of the wicket after losing the toss scored 256 for nine in the allotted 50 overs. Left-hand batsman Roger Twose top scored for New Zealand on 103 off 115 balls with 10 hits to the fence and two over it.

Cairns made a quick fire 84 as the New Zealand batsman gave their bowlers a total to bowl at. A 150-run partnership between Chris Cairns and Roger Twose was the highlight of the New Zealand innings after they were sent in to bat by South African skipper Shaun Pollock.New Zealand began sedately with openers Chris Nevin and Nathan Astle quietly handling South African opening bowlers Roger Telemachus and Pollock. The visitors were, however, were rocked with the loss of three wickets for 39 runs in 13 overs. Cairns and Twose then played superbly to put up a fighting total on the board. Cairns played with his usual gay abandon and slammed four sixes and eight four in his more than run a ball 84. Cairns' 72-ball knock ended when he was caught by Pollock in trying to go for another big hit off Telemachus.

Twose then took over the mantle of scoring runs and fell in the effort to clear the boundary. Twose was caught by Jacques Kallis in the deep off Nicky Boje. But for Twose and Cairns, none of the other New Zealand batsmen contributed fruitfully.

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