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Road Safety Series, NZ-L vs SA-L: Johan Botha inspires South Africa's maiden win

image-l7z4zvwySouth Africa Legends won by nine wickets (PC: Twitter)

South Africa Legends prevailed by nine wickets over New Zealand Legends in Match 4 of the Road Safety World Series at Kanpur. 

Johan Botha restricts New Zealand to a below-par total

image-l7z510pkDean Brownlie top-scored for New Zealand (PC: Twitter)

Opting to bat first, New Zealand were rocked by double strikes from ace spinner Johan Botha, who sent Aaron Redmond (3) and Anton Devcich (0) back to the hut. 

Looking at Botha's momentum. skipper Jonty Rhodes gave him an extended run, which opened the floodgates for them. The 40-year-old breached defences of experienced players, Ross Taylor and Neil Broom. 

Soon, Thandi Tshabalala was proficient to take the wicket of an all-rounder, Jacob Oram. However, the contributions of Dean Brownlie (48) and Gareth Hopkins (18*) helped the Kiwi team to a total of 99. 

Andrew Puttick seals the game for Proteas

In response, South Africa started on a stable note with the openers, Morne Van Wyk and Andrew Puttick. 

The left-arm spinner Bruce Martin broke the 34-run stand by making Wyk (14) holed out to Redmond. Nevertheless, the seasoned campaigner Alviro Petersen arrived at the crease, which infused positivity to the team. 

Puttick once again exhibited his ball-striking abilities to remain unbeaten on 51 off 36, with four fours and three maximums to chase down the total with more than six overs to spare. Petersen was a good support to score 29* off 23 as well. 

Brief Scores: 

New Zealand Legends - 99/8 (20)

Dean Brownlie 48 (48), Gareth Hopkins 18 (26);
Johan Botha 4/11, Thandi Tshabalala 3/9

South Africa Legends - 100/1 (13.3)

Morne van Wyk 51* (36), Alviro Petersen 29* (23);
Bruce Martin 1/22

Result: SA Legends won by 9 wickets

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