Faf lauds centurion Guptill

East London - Proteas captain Faf du Plessis says New Zealand deserved to bounce back in the T20 series after Martin Guptill's unbeaten century drew the tourists level in East London.

Guptill smashed 101 runs off 69 balls on Sunday as the Black Caps chased down their target of 169 on the Duckworth-Lewis method, with the match reduced to 19 overs a side after a brief power outage, to win off the last ball.

The eight-wicket victory drew the New Zealanders square at 1-1, after South Africa coasted to victory in the series opener in Durban, with one match to play in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday.

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"I've always said that New Zealand has always been a great fighting team and we have never taken them lightly," Du Plessis said.

"They have match winners in their team, which was the case with Martin Guptill tonight. He played a fantastic innings.

"To score a hundred in a game like that, I think your team deserves it (the win)."

South Africa's bowlers struggled in challenging coastal conditions, with spinners Robin Peterson and Aaron Phangiso going for more than nine runs an over.

"I actually thought our seamers bowled really well but the ball was really wet so that made it tough for the spinners," the skipper said.

"That is something I didn't anticipate, I didn't think the ball would skid on as much as it did for the coast.

"The seamers, I thought, bowled well under pressure in the last four overs. Those were good conditions to bat in because the ball was skidding off the pitch."

Earlier, Henry Davids, who made 55, scored a maiden T20 half-century, with Du Plessis contributing 63 off 43 balls as the hosts set a challenging target.

"I was very happy with the batting," the skipper said.

"The conditions weren't as good batting first, and it was a little bit slow so I thought 169 was a match-winning score. Obviously that wasn't the case."

BrainCandyCPT 2012-12-24 11:25:20 AM
Can't wait for the clincher on Boxing Day. Going to be an amazing summer...
Kwanele Mzwanele Masoka 2012-12-24 11:48:24 AM
Well said FdP, Guptill was better than us on the day and overall proteas played well,the game was on knife edge till the end.
sean 2012-12-24 12:02:34 PM
Great knock by Guptill.So well done NZ!The Black Caps are a different side when they bat with composure and their seasoned international T20 players step up on the day.Having said that,sadly in Durban they were just woeful and the Proteas punished them for that.Guptill does shows his other Kiwi batsmen how to play it save when chasing and when it's a daunting task,to always hit the ball away from the fielder and never straight at him. A few bits and bobs for Faf and co to work on for PE which should be a high pressure game for both teams now that it has become the Series decider on Boxing day.Some players in our team are still not up up to the grade for international T20 matches. Again brilliant innings by Martin Guptill.
Sige Gorabeb 2012-12-24 12:18:04 PM
I get a feeling the Proteas will choke in PE.
unverifiedcomedian 2012-12-24 05:21:54 PM
What happened to Rusty Theron? Aka the specialized death bowler?
Morris Ngobeni 2012-12-24 06:34:16 PM
What a pulsating ending! Proteas were on the sword 4 da better part of the game, mayb jst mayb our bowlers were not on song
FerretGee 2012-12-24 07:59:47 PM
Would rather have a test match starting on boxing day than some hit and giggle 20 over match.
Deshmook Maharaj 2012-12-25 07:37:08 AM
Just not so easy PFAF...
Pieter Samie 2012-12-25 08:14:23 AM
A juicy medium pace half volley from Rory and no fielders on the boundary defending 4 off the last delivery....is it just me who's a bit suspicious?
Brian Du Reuck 2012-12-25 02:08:24 PM
No quotas in pe please....no pangiso, robin p , kleingeldt, besardien... Thx