Dale Steyn and JP Duminy the heroes for the Proteas.
South Africa beat New Zealand by two runs in a dramatic finish in their crucial Group One match in the World Twenty20 in Chittagong on Monday.
Jean-Paul Duminy, who hit an unbeaten 43-ball 86 with ten boundaries and three sixes, helped his team to 170-6, while Hashim Amla made 41 at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury stadium.
New Zealand needed seven off Dale Steyn’s last over and three off the final delivery, but Ross Taylor was run out as the Kiwis managed 168-8.
Styen finished with 4-17.
For New Zealand, Taylor scored 62 and Kane Williamson notched a 35-ball 51.
Sri Lanka play the Netherlands in the same group later Monday.
The final team in the group is England.
Title-holders the West Indies, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Australia form Group Two.
The top two teams will advance to the semi-finals.
Scoreboard of the Group one Super-10 World Twenty20 match between South Africa and New Zealand in Chittagong on Monday.
South Africa Innings
Q. de Kock c Ronchi b Mills 4
Hashim Amla c and b Anderson 41
Faf du Plessis c N. McCullum b Southee 13
AB de Villiers b N. McCullum 5
JP Duminy not out 86
D. Miller c and b Anderson 6
A. Morkel b Southee 13
D. Steyn not out 1
Extras: (w1) 1
Total: (for six wkts; 20 overs) 170
Did not bat: M. Morkel, Imran Tahir, L. Tsotsobe.
Fall of wickets: 1-16 (de Kock), 2-32 (du Plessis), 3-42 (de Villiers), 4-97 (Amla), 5-131 (Miller), 6-159 (A. Morkel).
Bowling: Mills 4-0-29-1, McClenaghan 4-0-30-0 (1w), Southee 4-0-46-2, N. McCullum 4-0-24-1, Anderson 3-0-28-2, Williamson 1-0-13-0
New Zealand Innings
M. Guptill c de Kock b A. Morkel 22
K. Williamson c de Villiers b Steyn 51
B. McCullum st de Kock b Tahir 4
R. Taylor run out 62
C. Munro c Amla b Tahir 7
C. Anderson c Miller b Steyn 7
L. Ronchi c de Kock b Steyn 5
N. McCullum c du Plessis b Steyn 4
T. Southee not out 0
Extras: (lb2, w4) 6
Total: (for eight wkts; 20 overs) 168
Did not bat: K. Mills, M. McClenaghan.
Fall of wickets: 1-57 (Guptill), 2-66 (B. McCullum), 3-117 (Williamson), 4-140 (Munro), 5-148 (Anderson), 6-164 (Ronchi), 7-168 (N. McCUllum), 8-168 (Taylor).
Bowling: Duminy 3-0-30-0, Tsotsobe 4-0-29-0 (1w), Steyn 4-0-17-4, M. Morkel 3-0-50-0 (1w), A. Morkel 2-0-13-1, Tahir 4-0-27-2 (2w).
Result: South Africa win by two runs
Toss: New Zealand
Umpires: Aleem Dar (PAK) and Sundaram Ravi (IND)
TV umpire: Paul Reiffel (AUS)
Match referee: Javagal Srinath (IND)