Dhaka, March 25: Some tight bowling and fielding from South Africa ensured that New Zealand wouldn't make more than 221/8 in their 50 overs. Jesse Ryder was the glue that held the innings together for the Kiwis though his 83 came off as many as 121 balls, while 43 from Ross Taylor and a brisk 38 from Kane Williamson helped their side over the 200-run mark. Morne Morkel was the most impactful bowler, taking 3/46 while he got excellent support from Dale Steyn (2/42) and leg-break Imran Tahir (2/32).
With runs hard to come by, the Kiwis had managed to reach a modest 92/2 in 25 overs. But then Jesse Ryder and Ross Taylor stepped on the gas a tad, reaching 100 in the 28th over courtesy a four by Ryder off Steyn.
The batsman then knocked a boundary off Peterson in the 30th over, while Taylor tucked into him for a maximum in the 32nd over. But in the next over, leg-spinner Imran Tahir had Taylor caught at deep square leg for 43 off 72 balls. New Zealand were 130/3 in 33 overs with Scott Styris the new man in the middle.
Styris was burdened with the onus of upping the flagging run-rate and was up to the task, smacking Morkel for two fours in the 36th over to take New Zealand over 150/3.
Then the Kiwis wobbled as a couple of wickets fell in quick succession. First Morkel bowled Styris for 16 off 19 balls and then Tahir had Ryder caught in the deep for 83 off 121 balls as the Kiwis had slid to 156/5 in 39 overs.
Then Nathan McCullum and Kane Williamson took the innings forward but again, at a very slow rate. However, in the 45th over, Williamson launched Peterson for a six after which the bowler bowled four byes.
But just an over later, Steyn came back to remove Nathan McCullum for 6 off 18 balls when he had him caught by J P Duminy at backward of point and the Kiwis had slid to 188/6 in 46.3 overs. Then in the 48th over, Jacob Oram ran a single off Steyn to bring up his side's 200.
With the first ball of the penultimate over, Morkel bowled Oram for 7 off 6 balls, but in the next ball Kiwi captain Daniel Vettori flicked him for a four. The Morkel cleaned up Vettori afor 6 off 4 balls as the Kiwis slumped to 210/8 in 48.5 overs. A flourish from Williamson in the last over took the Kiwis to 221/8 after 50 overs.
New Zealand's innings began on a a shaky note. In just the third over, off-break Robin Peterson briliantly caught and bowled Brendon McCullum for 4. New Zealand were 5/1 with Jesse Ryder the new man at the crease.
Then in the fourth over, Ryder got a big inside edge off Dale Steyn which ran away fine for four. In the 6th over, the same bowler had Martin Guptillcaught at mid off for 1 off 14 balls. The Kiwis were in trouble at 16/2 in 5.5 overs.
The Ryder turned it on for New Zealand, striking a four off Morkel in the 8th and 10th overs. Then the batsman went after Peterson knocking two fours off him in the 12th over as New Zealand moved onto 47/2. The Ross Taylor ran a single of Imran Tahir in the 13th over to bring up the Kiwi fifty.
In the 22nd over, Ryder took a single off Kallis to notch up his half-century. But it was slow-going for the Kiwis who then reached just 92/0 at the end of 25 overs.