: New Zealand defeated South Africa by one wicket in a thrilling finish to the first one-day international of a three-game series on Saturday.

South Africa was dismissed for 208 before the Kiwis recovered from 140 for eight to seal victory in the 46th over, with James Franklin making a crucial unbeaten 47. BJ Watling scored a useful 45 at the top of the order.

New Zealand won the toss and chose to filed. Left-arm opening bowler Mitchell McClenaghan took four wickets on his debut. Part-time off-spinner Kane Williamson took four for 22. Faf du Plessis top-scored with a dogged 57 off 71 balls. — AFP

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