Published: Thu, February 23, 2017
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

New Zealand: Ross Taylor becomes country's leading ODI centurion

Taylor completed his ton in dramatic fashion with a boundary off the last ball of the innings, claiming a New Zealand record of 17 ODI centuries.

Trent Boult took the prized wicket of AB de Villiers then bowled Dwaine Pretorious in the penultimate over as New Zealand secured a series-levelling six-run victory in the second one-day worldwide against South Africa on Wednesday. As a result, South Africa looked out of the competition at 214/8, but Pretorius gave New Zealand some nervous moments, helped by mis-fields and poor bowling at the death.

Pretorius was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets, while Parnell and Tahir chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Ross Taylor's record-breaking ODI ton was not about achieving personal milestones, it was more about getting New Zealand back in the series against world No.1 South Africa.

Faf du Plessis could only add 11, but Quinton de Kock and JP Duminy steadied things with a 57-run partnership before Duminy was stumped by Latham off the bowling of Mitchell Santner for 34. His knock of 50 off 27 balls comprised of two sixes and four boundaries in a stand with Andile Phehlukwayo (29) who had proven his skills with the bat even in the first match.

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"He's a fantastic player", said De Villiers.

Both teams now head to Wellington's Westpac Stadium where they square off in the third of five one-dayers.

Skipper Williamson hit six fours in his 75-ball 69 while Neesham also crossed the boundary six times in his unbeaten 71, which came off 57 balls and provided the hosts with some much-needed momentum at the end of the innings.

De Kock went on to make 57 off 65 balls, which included six boundaries, before falling to Trent Boult.

New Zealand are unbeaten in five ODIS at the ground while South Africa have never played an global match at the venue.

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