WELLINGTON // South Africa captain AB de Villiers made 106 not out to steer his side to a comfortable six-wicket win over New Zealand in today's opening one-day international,first of the three match series.
New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum won the toss and decided to bat,and never seriously threatened from there as his batsmen failed to gain momentum.
McCullum was twice given out, including to the first ball of his innings, and twice had those decisions reversed by replays,was a top scorer with 56 to play a key role in New Zealand's low-key batting effort.
New Zealand had scored 253 in alloted 50 overs.De Villiers lifted South Africa after it had slumped to 17-2 and 35-3 , and guided the visitors to victory with 28 balls to spare.
Tsotsobe was the most economical of the South African bowlers with two for 41 and Peterson and Kallis both finished with two for 45