Middle order lifts New Zealand to 260

A solid recovery from New Zealand’s middle order lifted them to 260 for 9 in the final ODI. Grant Elliott, Colin Munro and James Franklin hit half-centuries as South Africa again struggled to close out an innings efficiently after Lonwabo Tsotsobe and Ryan McLaren had taken four wicket apiece.

As has often been the case the top order failed, but New Zealand have shown grit during this series and retain hope of completing a notable whitewash. When Brendon McCullum was caught at third man New Zealand were limping along at 68 for 4 in the 22nd over, but a stand of 61 between Elliott and Munro gave them a base then James Franklin ended unbeaten on 53, reaching his fifty with a six off the penultimate ball of the innings.Read more
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