Wayne Parnell took 5-57 to set up a comfortable five-wicket victory for South Africa.
The result sees the Proteas back in contention after their initial loss to Sri Lanka. England are the next opponents, and as one commentator put it, a schoolboy side are capable of knocking them over.
Parnell was expensive in the Sri Lanka fixture and took a bit of tap from the New Zealand batsmen, but he struck at crucial intervals. He bowled well in tandem with Dale Steyn, dismissing Jesse Ryder and Martin Guptill when the pair attempted to lift the scoring rate.
Ross Taylor was looking dangerous before Parnell had him trapped in front, and JP Duminy assisted in Parnell’s next two dismissals when he caught Gareth Hopkins and Darryl Tuffey.
214 was never going to trouble the hosts even though they lost captain Graeme Smith early on. Jacques Kallis and Hashim Amla made good contributions but AB de Villiers guided the Proteas home with a well balanced knock of 70*.
New Zealand – 214 all out in 47.5 overs
Ross Taylor 72, Brendon McCullum 44, Wayne Parnell 5-57.
South Africa – 217-5 in 41.1 overs
AB de Villiers 70*, Hashim Amla 38, Jacques Kallis 36.
South Africa won by five wickets
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