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Black Caps lose Twenty20 decider

06:37 Thu Dec 27 2012
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New Zealand have fallen to a 33-run defeat in Port Elizabeth to lose their Twenty20 cricket series against South Africa 2-1
New Zealand have fallen to a 33-run defeat in Port Elizabeth to lose their Twenty20 cricket series against South Africa 2-1 (Getty)

South Africa claimed a straightforward 33-run win over New Zealand in Port Elizabeth to secure the three-match Twenty20 cricket series 2-1.

Henry Davids led the way with 68 in just 51 balls at the top of the Proteas' innings, with Justin Ontong's 48 also helping as the hosts compiled 179-6, having opted to bat first.

That proved more than enough as the Black Caps managed a disappointing 146-9 in response, Ryan McLaren and Aaron Phangisio each taking three wickets.

Faf du Plessis won the toss on Thursday (NZ time) and chose to set a total but was first man out when Ronnie Hira bowled him for a single.

Quinton de Cock followed for two as Mitchell McLenaghan struck for New Zealand but that brought together Davids and Ontong for a productive third-wicket stand of 89 in 10.1 overs.

Ontong eventually fell to James Franklin, having made 48 in 30 deliveries - three of which went for six.

Davids' knock contained seven fours and two sixes before McLenaghan found a way through, but there were helpful cameos from David Miller (28) and Farhaan Berhardien (22) before both fell to Doug Bracewell.

New Zealand's response started poorly, Rob Nicol removed by McLaren with the total on just six.

Martin Guptill and skipper Brendon McCullum added 47 for the second wicket but that was as good as it got, with regular wickets tumbling once Phangisio accounted for both men.

Six batsmen reached double figures in the middle and late order but Nathan McCullum's 17 was the best score as nobody managed to take the chase on confidently.

New Zealand now have a three-day warm-up before the Test series begins on January 2.