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Amla century leads way for S Africa success in first ODI

Reuters, PRETORIA

South Africa batsman Hashim Amla raises his bat after reaching 100 during their game against New Zealand at Centurion in Pretoria, South Africa, on Wednesday.

Photo: AP

A century on Wednesday from Hashim Amla laid the foundation for home success as South Africa beat New Zealand by 20 runs to win their opening one-day international at Centurion.

Amla displayed the form that had him rated the world’s best batsman as he mastered the bowling on a slow track and scored 124 for South Africa to open with 304-7 off their 50 overs.

New Zealand kept up with the required run rate for most of the chase, but lost wickets at key intervals and were bowled out for 284 in the 49th over of the first of a three-match series.

Amla scored his 21st ODI century off 126 deliveries and featured in a 185-run partnership for the second wicket with Rilee Rossouw, who tempered his usual aggressive style to build a steady innings before being bowled in the 42nd over for 89.

It proved a positive start after New Zealand had won the toss and sent the hosts in to bat.

However, a chance of a much bigger score disappeared as South Africa lost five wickets in their final eight overs.

South Africa made an immediate breakthrough in the New Zealand innings as Dale Steyn had Luke Ronchi caught behind at the end of the first over after seeing two earlier deliveries dropped.

New Zealand then set about chasing down the target with Tom Latham and captain Kane Williamson amassing 104 runs for the second wicket before a vital breakthrough saw Williamson caught at extra cover for 47 off spinner Imran Tahir.

Latham (60) was the fifth wicket to fall halfway to the target as he walked across his stumps to a straight ball and was caught LBW.

The Kiwis kept up the pressure with fighting contributions from James Neesham (41) and Colin Munro (33), who might have been able to take their team past the target had they been more patient.

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