New Zealand fast bowler Trent Boult’s record figures were not enough to stave off a 78-run defeat at the hands of South Africa – in Friday’s one-off Twenty20 International at Eden Park in Auckland.
Boult conceded a mere eight runs in four overs – and clinched two wickets – as the visitors screamed to a commanding total of 185 for six.
The left-armers haul was second only to former captain Daniel Vettori’s three for six in four against Bangladesh in 2010 – the most economical T20I figures by a New Zealand bowler.
The Black Caps’ reply was bitterly disappointing. They slipped to 60 for six – and ultimately 107 all out. Proteas leg-spinner Imran Tahir was named Man of the Match on the back of a telling haul of five for 24 in 3.5 overs.
“South Africa played well in all departments. It is frustrating from our perspective – we didn’t fire a shot. On this ground, you don’t know what a good score is. Rotating the strike is hard on drop-in surfaces. We lacked in partnerships,” said host captain Kane Williamson.
The teams will meet for five ODIs, the first of which will get underway in Hamilton on Sunday.