DURBAN, Aug 16: Hashim Amla guided South Africa to a comfortable six-wicket win in the first Twenty20 international against New Zealand at Kingsmead.
New Zealand squandered a good start, losing seven wickets for 49 runs as they made 151 for eight in their 20 overs.
Amla hit 48 and shared half-century partnerships with AB de Villiers and Rilee Rossouw before being caught off fast bowler Adam Milne with only five runs needed to win.
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson shared a quick-fire first wicket partnership of 68 in eight overs with Martin Guptill after the Black Caps were sent in.
The tourists were still in a strong position before a momentary lapse of concentration by Guptill sparked a collapse.
Guptill was run out for 42 off the third ball of the 13th over after the Black Caps reached 102 for one.
Guptill was slow to return to his crease after looking for a second run and was beaten by a pinpoint throw from the deep by Farhaan Behardien to wicketkeeper Morne van Wyk.
New Zealand: M Guptill run out (Behardien) 42, K Williamson st Van Wyk b Phangiso 42, G Worker lbw b Phangiso 28, C Munro c De Villiers b Wiese 0, G Elliott c Rossouw b Wiese 5, L Ronchi run out (Wiese) 5, T Latham c Morkel b Rabada 12, N McCullum c De Villiers b Rabada 2, D Bracewell not out 7, A Milne not out 2; Extras (b3, lb2, w1) 6. Total (8 wkts, 20 overs) 151. Fall of wickets: 1-68, 2-102, 3-102, 4-118, 5-125, 6-138, 7-142, 8-142. Bowling: Abbott 4-0-27-0, Rabada 4-0-29-2, Morkel 4-0-37-0, Wiese 4-0-24-2, Phangiso 4-0-29-2
South Africa: M van Wyk c Worker b Bracewell 19, H Amla c Latham b Milne 48, A de Villiers c McCullum b Worker 33, R Rossouw c Ronchi b McClenaghan 38, D Miller not out 2, F Behardien not out 4. Extras (lb5, nb1, w2) 8. Total (4 wkts, 17.5 overs) 152. Fall of wickets: 1-35, 2-85, 3-144, 4-147. Bowling: Bracewell 3-0-17-0, Milne 3.5-0-23-1, McClenaghan 3-0-33-1, Worker 2-0-19-1, McCullum 4-0-34-0, Elliott 1-0-12-0, Williamson 1-0-9-0. � AFP