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South Africa win by 8 wickets

S Africa vs New Zealand

New Zealand's batsmen struggle during eight-wicket T20I defeat to South Africa in Durban

Rob Nicol: New Zealand opener's early dismissal set tone for his side's miserable day

Chris Morris: South Africa fast bowler marked international debut with figures of 2-19

South Africa raced to an eight-wicket victory over New Zealand in the first Twenty20 international at Kingsmead.

New Zealand were bowled out for 86 in 18.2 overs after opting to bat first in the opening match of their five-week tour.

Seamers Rory Kleinveldt (3-18), Dale Steyn (2-13) and Chris Morris (2-19) led the way as New Zealand were reduced to 36-6 in the ninth over.

Colin Munro top scored with 23 and Doug Bracewell finished on 21 not out as the tourists at least avoided their lowest total in the format - 81 against Sri Lanka at Lauderhill in May 2010.

Mitchell McClenaghan (1-20), one of four T20I debutants in New Zealand's line-up, had opener Richard Levi caught at slip for a five-ball duck during a wicket maiden to start South Africa's run chase.

But Henry Davids (20), stand-in skipper Faf du Plessis (38no) and Quinton de Kock (28no) all contributed as South Africa cruised home from the first ball of the 13th over.

The result was an ignominious start to Brendon McCullum's reign as New Zealand captain. McCullum took charge ahead of the tour after the controversial sacking of Ross Taylor, who opted to remain at home.

The three-match series continues in East London on Sunday.

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Match Details

21st Dec 2012
New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat.
J D Cloete and S George


Batsman R
R.E. Levi c Fulton b McClenaghan 0
H. Davids b R.M. Hira 20
du Plessis not out 38
de Kock not out 28
Extras 1w 1
Total 12.1 Overs 87 - 2
Full Batting Card

new zealand BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
McClenaghan 3 1 20 1
Bracewell 2 0 21 0
R.M. Hira 3 0 15 1
Anderson 1 0 11 0
McCullum 2 0 7 0
R.J. Nicol 1 0 11 0
J.D.S. Neesham 0.1 0 2 0
Full Bowling Card