Dhaka, March 25: The Kiwis were crawling along in their innings, having reached 92/2 in 25 overs as the South Africans were successfully containing them and putting a tab on their run-flow. After a couple of early blows, Jesse Ryder and Ross Taylor consolidated but following an aggressive start, Ryder had slowed down considerably.
New Zealand's innings began on a a shaky note. In just the third over, off-break Robin Peterson brilliantly 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 Guptill caught at mid off for 1 off 14 balls. The Kiwis were in trouble at 16/2 in 5.5 overs.
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.