Proteas beat Black Caps to lead series

New Zealand were put in to bat first and were bowled out for 230.

Proteas Quinton de Kock and JP Duminy Quinton during the Test Series against New Zealand on 21 October 2014. Picture: Facebook.com.

JOHANNESBURG - AB De Villiers was named Man of the Match as the Proteas cruised to a six wicket victory over New Zealand in Mount Maunganui to take a 1-0 lead in the three match series.

Winning the toss and putting the Black Caps in to bat first, the hosts were restricted to 230 thanks to South Africa's seamers who picked up seven of their ten wickets.

Luke Ronchi was the hero for New Zealand, scoring 99 before being removed by Dale Steyn one run shy of what would've been a well-deserved ton.

That knock from the middle order batsman saving the hosts some embarrassment.

The Proteas lost Quinton De Kock early and were eventually four down before putting 100 runs on the board with Faf Du Plessis making eight and Rilee Rossouw and Hashim Amla both failing to capitalise on positive starts.

That brought De Villiers and JP Duminy together at the crease.

The pair, while not blasting the New Zealanders away, looked comfortable and measured in their run chase.

They eventually added 139 runs together, hitting three boundaries and a six to end the match off in a hurry, strolling to a 1-0 lead.

Their unbeaten partnership of 139 was one better than the previous fifth-wicket record against New Zealand of 138 by Jonty Rhodes and Mark Boucher at Perth in the 2001/02 season.

The teams meet on Thursday evening for the second ODI.