Chittagong, Bangladesh: J.P. Duminy’s explosive batting and sensational bowling from Dale Steyn at the end gave South Africa their first win at the ICC World Twenty20 when they beat New Zealand by two runs in a Group 1 match at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong on Monday.
Duminy smashed an unbeaten 86 off 43 balls to rescue South Africa from a wobbly situation and take them to 170 for six in 20 overs.
In reply, New Zealand looked set to overhaul South Africa’s score with Ross Taylor (62 off 37 balls) leading the charge.
Requiring 29 off the final three overs, New Zealand had Taylor and the dangerous Corey Anderson at the crease.
South African captain Faf du Plessis, though, still had a trump card in the form of Steyn at his disposal and the pace ace didn’t disappoint.
Du Plessis brought back Steyn, who still had two overs left, to bowl the 18th over.
Steyn gave away just eight runs and picked up a wicket to keep South Africa in the hunt.
With the Kiwis requiring just seven runs off the last over, Steyn pulled the rabbit out of the hat, giving away just four runs and taking two wickets before running out Taylor off the final ball to complete the win.
Earlier, South Africa put in to bat, came under pressure thanks to some tight bowling from the Kiwis.
Quinton de Kock (4), Du Plessis (13) and AB de Villiers (13) were dismissed early, which left South Africa reeling at 42 for three in the seventh over.
Hashim Amla (41) played a steady hand and set the stage for Duminy to unleash some big hits.
The diminutive left-hander was in ominous form as he smashed 10 fours and three sixes in his blitzkrieg innings.
Nathan McCullum was the most economical of the Kiwi bowlers, giving away 24 runs in his four overs and picking up a wicket.
Tim Southee and Corey Anderson were on the expensive side but managed to take two wickets each.
South Africa 170-6 in 20 overs (JP Duminy 86 not out, Hashim Amla 41; Corey Anderson 2-28, Tim Southee 2-46) v New Zealand 168-8 in 20 overs (Ross Taylor 62, Kane Williamson 51; Dale Steyn 4-17, Imran Tahir 2-27)