New Zealand held on for a narrow six-run win over South Africa in the second One-Day International in Christchurch on Wednesday (February 22) and drew level in the five-match series.

Dwaine Pretorius was the highest impact player of the match for his all-round effort.

With the ball, Pretorius claimed two top/middle-order wickets in a tight spell (2 for 40 in ten overs). He then returned to score a 27-ball 50 under pressure and was poised to take the visiting team over the line, having strung a 61-run partnership for the ninth wicket with Andile Phehlukwayo. However, he was dismissed in the 49th over and with him went South Africa’s chances.

Ross Taylor was the highest impact batsman for his unbeaten 102 (off 110 balls), while Trent Boult finished as the highest impact bowler (3 for 63 in ten overs, all top/middle-order wickets).

As many as four South Africans failed in the second ODI. The home team, in contrast, had only one such player.

Scorecard

Impact Sheet

PLAYER

MATCH IMPACT

Dwaine Pretorius

100

Ross Taylor

64

Kane Williamson

54

Trent Boult

52

James Neesham

51

Quinton de Kock

43

Mitchell Santner

32

AB de Villiers

26

Colin de Grandhomme

25

Tom Latham

19

Imran Tahir

19

Tim Southee

17

Jean-Paul Duminy

17

Dean Brownlie

16

Ish Sodhi

16

Andile Phehlukwayo

16

Wayne Parnell

15

David Miller

9

Chris Morris

4

Hashim Amla

4

Faf du Plessis

3

Neil Broom

-2

Note: In a career context, all numbers are restricted between 0 and 5. However, in a match context, the numbers are not restricted. For simplicity, we are changing the scale here in the report and expressing every Match Impact number as a percentage. The maximum percentage (100) is assigned to the highest impact player of the match. All other players in the match are scaled relative to him. Negative Match Impact indicates that not only did the player not contribute in the match, but he also had an adverse effect on his team’s chances.​​