South Africa's bowlers, led by the unhittable circuit of Roelof van der Merwe, pulled an doubtful achievement out of the aperture of defeat as they auspiciously dedicated a meagre ambition of 129 and snuck home by a aloof run to defended the Group D aloof rights in a belligerent but acute dead-rubber altercate at Lord's.
At the center mark of the match, it seemed there could be alone one winner, afterwards South Africa had blown a belvedere of 47 for 0 afterwards their Powerplay overs to distill to a black 20-over absolute of 128 for 7. But New Zealand's acknowledgment never emerged from additional gear. A 54-ball 57 from Brendon McCullum set the platform, but his team-mates bootless to dive in, and bizarrely they ran out of beef with six wickets still standing.
The aggregate of the acclaim belonged to van der Merwe, who put a momentum-squandering six-ball avoid abaft him to accept a bald 14 runs from his four overs, as able-bodied as capturing both of New Zealand's dangermen. McCullum was addled by a ambit as he gave the allegation and missed, while Ross Taylor swished flat-footedly and was bowled for 22 from 31 balls, a abnormally awkward innings that was circuitous by a tweaked hamstring that bedfast his advancement in the additional bisected of his knock.
McCullum had amorphous his innings with archetypal belligerence, arise three fours from his aboriginal seven deliveries as New Zealand put 19 on the brawl in aloof two overs. But at the added end, his abutment was in abbreviate supply. Martin Guptill miscued Dale Steyn to mid-on for 5 afore Neil Broom was bent and bowled by a lunging Jacques Kallis for 1, and at the end of the Powerplays, New Zealand had slipped to a apathetic 35 for 2.