27 Dec 2012

Black Caps well beaten in last T20 as Proteas claim the series

9:51 am on 27 December 2012

South Africa has comfortably beaten New Zealand by 33 runs in the third and final Twenty20 cricket match at Port Elizabeth to win the series 2-1.

After winning the toss and choosing to bat first, South African opening batsman and man of the match Henry Davids set a platform with 68 runs off 67 balls as the Proteas racked up 179 for six.

In reply the Black Caps could only manage 146 for nine off their 20 overs with their hero from the last match, Martin Guptill, hitting just 24 and captain Brendon McCullum top-scoring with 25.

Davids hit his second successive half-century and Aaron Phangiso took three wickets at St George's Park.

Attention now shifts to the two-test series, which begins on January the 2nd at Cape Town, following a three-day warm-up match starting in a couple of days against a South African XI at the Pearl club ground at Boland.