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Last Updated: Monday, 16 October 2006, 15:53 GMT 16:53 UK
Fleming guides Kiwis to victory
Champions Trophy, Group B, Mumbai:
New Zealand 195 beat South Africa 108 by 87 runs

Stephen Fleming
Fleming's innings initially looked like it might not be enough

New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming led from the front as his team beat South Africa by 87 runs in both teams' first outing in this year's Champions Trophy.

Losing the toss, New Zealand were made to bat first and made 195 on an ultra slow wicket that took plenty of spin.

Left-handed opener Fleming's contribution was a masterly 89 off 112 balls, the next best score by a New Zealander being Brendon McCullum's 21.

South Africa were then bowled out for 108 at Mumbai's Brabourne Stadium.

Graeme Smith hit 42 at the top of the order, but the rest of the batsmen generally flailed around aimlessly.

Kyle Mills took the first three wickets, including a brilliant reflex catch to remove Jacques Kallis off his own bowling.

Jacob Oram then ripped out the middle order, with three more wickets, before spinners Jeetan Patel and Daniel Vettori applied the finishing touches.

S Pollock
Pollock is congratulated after taking his 350th wicket in ODIs

Patel took 3-11, clean-bowling Andre Nel and Makhaya Ntini in successive overs, with South Africa all out in the 35th over.

New Zealand were without their best bowler - paceman Shane Bond had injured his back - and also missed out on the services of all-rounder Scott Styris (sore hamstring).

But theirs was a superb team effort with the ball, though the pitch was deteriorating all the time, which made life difficult for the South African batsmen.

The Proteas included Herschelle Gibbs, who was questioned by police last week in relation to match-fixing.

But he was one of four batsmen in his side to be dismissed for a duck.

Only one South African had any real cause to celebrate.

Shaun Pollock took his 350th wicket in one-day internationals, only the fifth man to reach that mark, when bowling Lou Vincent in the seventh over of the match.

The most effective of the South African bowlers was Kallis, who took 3-28.

SEE ALSO
Bond will not compromise on speed
10 Oct 06 |  New Zealand
ICC Champions Trophy 2006
11 Oct 06 |  Future tour dates


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