Graeme Smith stars as South Africa beat New Zealand by 1 wicket in the final ODI

Ryan McLaren cracked a six off the last  ball of the match as South Africa prevent  a one-day international series whitewash at the hands of New Zealand with a remarkable one wicket victory at Potchefstroom. 

South Africa looked to have wasted Graeme Smith's excellent  116 runs  at the top of the innings when, in pursuit of 261 runs for victory, they drooping from 229 for 5 to 258 for 9 to be left needing three off the last  delivery  to take the win.

McLaren's 25 not out proved vital as wickets tumbled around him and followed an inspiring bowling spell by the all rounder as he take 4 for 52 in New Zealand's 260 for 9.

This  was Smith who provided the spine of South Africa's flourishing run chase, though. The Test captain struck 14 fours in scoring 116 runs  and looked to have steered the side  into a winning position.

New Zealand, cheerful after pocketing their 1st ODI series win in South Africa on Tuesday, had earlier built what looked a defendable total thanks to fifties  from Grant Elliott (54), Colin Munro (57) and James Franklin (53 *). McLaren fine bowling  with four wickets, as did Lonwabo Tsotsobe who ended with 4 for 45 off his 10 overs spell.Graeme Smith named for the Man of the Match Award.

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