South Africa commenced their tour of New Zealand in promising fashion with a comprehensive 78-run win in Auckland on Friday (February 17).

For his five-wicket haul (5 for 24 in 3.5 overs, including three top/middle-order victims), Imran Tahir was the highest impact player of the one-off Twenty20 International. He was economical and his quick strikes kept the home team under pressure. The legspinner was unsurprisingly the highest impact bowler too.

Hashim Amla was the highest impact batsman of the match for his 43-ball 62, an innings under pressure.

Trent Boult finished as New Zealand’s highest impact player, following an impressive effort with the ball (2 for 8 in four overs, all top/middle-order wickets).

As many as seven New Zealanders failed at Eden Park. South Africa, in contrast, had three such players.

Scorecard

Impact Sheet

PLAYER

MATCH IMPACT

Imran Tahir

100

Hashim Amla

83

Trent Boult

75

Chris Morris

72

Colin de Grandhomme

66

Andile Phehlukwayo

65

Faf du Plessis

55

Jean-Paul Duminy

47

Tom Bruce

38

AB de Villiers

34

Tim Southee

20

Quinton de Kock

17

Luke Ronchi

10

Ben Wheeler

9

Kane Williamson

9

Farhaan Behardien

7

Dane Paterson

4

Corey Anderson

1

Mitchell Santner

-2

Colin Munro

-5

Wayne Parnell

-5

Glenn Phillips

-6

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.​​