Proteas save face

Ryan McLaren hit a six off the last ball of the match to earn South Africa a one-wicket victory in the third and final One Day International against New Zealand at Potchefstroom today.

New Zealand had already won the first two ODIs to claim the series.

Chasing the Black Caps’ total of 260-9, South Africa looked to be cruising before Graeme Smith holed out for 116 with 32 needed from 27 balls.

Three more wickets fell quickly but McLaren kept his nerve with three needed from the final ball, scooping James Franklin’s delivery over third man for a maximum.

Earlier McLaren had taken 4-52, while Lonwabo Tsotsobe finished with 4-45 as the Kiwis reached 260-9, half centuries from Grant Elliott, Colin Munro and Franklin proving the bedrock of their innings.

Franklin hit an unbeaten 53 from 52 balls to take the total into the competitive range, with 26 coming from the last two overs. (Sky)

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