As if they were inspired by the Springboks giant win over the All Blacks, the Proteas were confident from the onset and made their intentions clear when seamer Vernon Philander struck the first wicket. His efforts were complemented by his bowling partners who managed to reduce New Zealand to just 230 All Out in just 45.1 overs.
Luke Rochi was New Zealand’s mainstay on the day as he posted 99 Not Out after stalling a middle order collapse.
The match launched both teams’ preparations for the World Cup in New Zealand and Australia in February and March of next year. The second match of the series will be played at the same venue on Friday.