South Africa beat New Zealand by 33 runs in deciding match of T20 series in Port Elizabeth

Last updated: 26th December 2012  

Henry Davids South Africa v New Zealand 3rd Twenty20 international St Georges Park Port Elizabeth

Henry Davids: South Africa opener top scored with 68

L-r Faf du Plessis Justin Ontong and Aaron Phangiso South Africa v New Zealand 3rd Twenty20 international St Georges Park Port Elizabeth

(l-r) Faf du Plessis, Justin Ontong and Aaron Phangiso: South Africa celebrate

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South Africa earned a 2-1 victory in the T20 international series against New Zealand with a 33-run win in the third match at St George's Park, Port Elizabeth.

Set a target of 180, New Zealand ended short on 146-9 as Aaron Phangiso and Ryan McLaren each claimed 3-25.

Martin Guptill (24) and Brendon McCullum (25) put on 47 for the second wicket but fell in quick succession to left-arm spinner Phangiso, a double blow from which the tourists failed to recover.

With the required-rate spiralling upwards and wickets continuing to go down regularly, the game was up for New Zealand long before the final delivery.

Earlier, opening batsman Henry Davids' second half-century in a row helped South Africa reach 179-6 after they had opted to bat first.

Davids hit 68 off 51 deliveries and was supported by Justin Ontong (48) in a third-wicket stand of 89, before David Miller (28) and Farhaan Behardien (22) added quick runs late on.

Seamers Mitchell McClenaghan (2-24) and Doug Bracewell (2-35) took two wickets each.

New Zealand's tour continues with a two-match Test series, starting at Newlands from January 2-6.

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