Proteas hammers Kiwis in first T20 by eight wickets

Johannesburg, Dec 22(ANI): South Africa thrashed the touring New Zealand team with a one-sided eight-wicket victory in the first of three Twetnty20 Internationals on Friday.

The hosts dismissed their hapless opponents for just 86 before captain Faf du Plessis (38 not out) and debutant Quinton de Kock (28 not out) wrapped the game up with 7.5 overs to spare following the early dismissals of openers Richard Levi and Henry Davids, Sport24 reports.

Six of New Zealand's top seven batsmen were dismissed for single figure scores as fast bowler Rory Kleinveldt claimed figures of three for 18 and spinner Robin Peterson produced his country's most economical four-over analysis in the format with figures of two for eight.

Dale Steyn, who previously owned the record with just nine runs conceded, was not far behind once again with an analysis of two for 13 from three overs.

Debutant Colin Munro briefly impressed with 23 from 18 balls and Doug Bracewell finished with an unbeaten 21 but it was not enough to avoid a desperate start to the tour for a New Zealand team in disarray before they even arrived following the controversial sacking of captain Ross Taylor. (ANI)

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