Morne Morkal destroyed the New Zealand batting in the second One Day International as South Africa conquered the match by a big margin of six wickets.
The Black Caps managed 230 runs when they were bowled out in 47.3 overs and the Proteas scored one run more for the loss of just four wickets with 11.4 overs to spare.
Morne Morkal was declared ‘Player of the match’ for his outstanding performance with the ball when he grabbed five wickets.
The match was played at McLean Park, Napier on February 29, 2012 which decided the fate of the series in favour of the visitors.
Earlier, AB de Villiers won with the coin and opted to chase instead of batting first keeping in view the capabilities of his team in both departments of the game.
The Kiwis lost their first wicket of Rob Nicol at 24 when he was declared leg before wicket for 11 runs. Martin Guptill and Captain Brendon McCullum steadied the ship with concentration as the later was dropped on the fifth ball of the 11th over by the bowler Lonwabo Tsotsobe at 18.
McCullum got full use of the opportunity while becoming harsh on the rival bowlers as Guptill kept on adding the runs at the other end. The later achieved his 16th ODI fifty on the last ball of the 22nd over followed by the skipper in the next over.
Guptill was caught at the wicket by de Villiers off Jacques Kallis for 58 off 73 with 8 fours not before 139 runs were infused in the total. McCullum continued with the attack as the wickets went on crumbling at the other end. He was the fourth batsman who went back to the pavilion for 85 from 96 balls with two sixes and 11 fours. The innings of the Black Caps was folded back for 230 runs with 15 balls to spare.
Morkal was the star of the show with ball by grabbing five wickets, Tsotsobe chipped in with three as Dale Steyn and Kallis claimed one wicket each.
South Africa got the early blow when Kallis was gone for 4 runs at the total of just 11 runs. The solid Hashim Amla was joined in by Faf du Plessis who opted to go for attack and dispatched three boundaries in the 11th over from Andy Mckay. He tried to escalate but became the second victim for 34 off 38 balls with 6 fours and added 69 runs for the second wicket.
Amla was doing well by securing his end as Jean-Paul-Duminy joined with him at the crease. The earlier added another fifty to his records in the 16th over but got life when he was dropped by Nicol off Tarun Nethula at 61 runs four overs later. Duminy was persistent with the bat at the other end while enhancing the total to 167 with Amla in 26 overs.
Duminy was gone after scoring 34 and Amla was unlucky to miss his ton by eight runs and went back as the total was picked at 192 runs. AB de Villiers continued with the rhythm and remained unbeaten for 31 as the visitors achieved the target on the second ball of the 39th over by plundering 231 runs.
Nethula impressed with the ball from the Kiwis by taking two wickets as Kyle Mills and Andrew Ellis held one wicket each.
South Africa won the match by six wickets and the three match series was clinched 2-0.