David, Phangiso claimed series for South Africa

The commanding batting show and restricted bowling leads South Africa to a 33 runs win over New Zealand in the third and deciding T20 International at St.George's Park on Wednesday.

Opener Henry Davids was the scorer with 68 runs from 51 balls as the Proteas posted a formidable 179-6 after winning the toss and chose to bat first. Left arm spinner Aaron Phangiso and seamer Ryan McLaren then collected identical figures of 3-25 as the Black Caps subsided to a substandard 146-9 in reply.

South Africa were briefly in trouble at 26-2 until Henry Davids was joined by Justin Ontong who belted 48 runs from 30 balls with three sixes and four during a third-wicket stand of 89 runs which laid the platform for a energetic end to the innings.

David Miller hit four boundaries in his 28 from 15 balls and Farhaan Behardien finished with an unbeaten 22 runs from just 11 balls. Martin Guptill made 24 runs and captain Brendon McCullum (25) briefly threatened to make a game of it but the run rate proved unmanageable and wickets fell steadily with the result in little doubt from the 10th over when the Black Caps drooping to 60-4.

New Zealand now play a three-day match against provincial side Boland in Paarl from December 28 in preparation for the first of two test matches starting in Cape Town on January 2.

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