Durban: Fifties from AB de Villiers and Morne van Wyk, combined with a disciplined bowling effort, helped South Africa to a 62-run win over New Zealand in the third and final ODI at Kingsmead, Durban.
Chasing 283/7, New Zealand were jolted early when Martin Guptill, the centurion from the second ODI in Potchefstroom, departed for 10. Although Tom Latham and Kane Williamson shared an 84-run stand for the second wicket, the exit of Williamson dented New Zealand and they never recovered.
Latham notched up his fourth ODI fifty but once he fell, New Zealand struggled for momentum and none of the other batsmen managed to notch up partnerships. In the end, they were bowled out for 221 and this was their second ODI series loss in three recent bilateral series.
When De Villiers was on 19 he reached 8000 runs in one-day internationals in his 182nd innings – the fastest to the milestone.
The previous record was held by Sourav Ganguly of India, who took 200 innings.
After a poor batting performance in the second match in Potchefstroom, where they were bowled out for 204, South Africa fulfilled their objective of making a solid start as Morne van Wyk (58) and Hashim Amla (44) put on 89 for the first wicket.
But the scoring rate was languishing until De Villiers and David Miller (36) put on 86 off 65 balls for the fourth wicket.
Left-arm opening bowler Ben Wheeler took three wickets but conceded 71 runs, while medium-pacer Grant Elliott bowled ten overs in an unbroken spell and took two for 41.