Durban: South Africa seamer Morne Morkel fiery spell restricted New Zealand to 153 for 8 in a Twenty20 World Cup Super Eights Group-E tie here at Kingsmead on Wednesday
Morne, youngest of Morkel siblings, extracted good swing and bounce on the lively strip and return with the match figures of four for 17 to lead South Africa's fightback after Lou Vincent (32) and Brendon McCullum (38) put on 68 for the first wicket.
Morkel was denied the first five-wicket haul in Twenty20 internationals when umpire Billy Doctrove ruled that the delivery that bowled Mark Gillespie in Morkel's last over was a no-ball.
New Zealand, who beat India and England in their first two Super Eights matches, fell away after their sturdy opening stand and they depended heavily on Craig McMillan's unbeaten 48 to post a decent total.
McMillan and Jacob Oram (15) shared 41 for the fifth wicket, New Zealand's only other noteworthy stand.
New Zealand 153 for 8 in 20 overs (McMillan 48*, McCullum 38, Lou Vincent 32; Morne Morkel 4 for 17, van der Wath 2 for 31, Albie Morkel 1 for 30) Vs South Africa.