Black Caps enjoy nervy one-wicket win in first 0DI.
New Zealand upset South Africa in the first ODI at Boland Park, beating the No 1-ranked limited-overs team by just on wicket thanks to James Franklin.
The all-rounder hit an unbeaten 47 to steer his side to their victory target of 209, putting on 35 for the eighth wicket with Nathan McCullum (24) and 47 for the ninth wicket with Kyle Mills.
When Mills was bowled by Ryan McLaren for 26 there were still 22 runs needed but Franklin successfully farmed the strike before hitting McLaren through the covers for the winning boundary.
It was a heartening result for New Zealand at the start of the three-match series after they lost both Test matches by an innings.
McLaren seemed to have won the game for South Africa before Franklin’s final flurry of strokes.
He had shared a crucial 59-run sixth wicket partnership with top scorer Faf du Plessis (57) as South Africa were bowled out for 208 after being sent in to bat.
Then McLaren took four for 46. He bowled BJ Watling for 45, trapped Jimmy Neesham two balls later for nought and then broke two late partnerships when he dismissed Nathan McCullum and Mills.
Left-arm opening bowler Mitchell McClenaghan took four for 20 on debut as New Zealand’s bowlers exerted tight control.
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