When captain AB de Villiers was caught behind for 45, with his side still needing 91 to win, the tourists' chance appeared over, especially after a flurry of late wickets, until Dwaine Pretorius kicked into action. It turned out just enough to pick up a win for the hosts in the end, despite a brilliant cameo from Dwaine Pretorius who nearly snatched a win from the jaws of defeat with a half-century that came in just 27 balls, en route a 61-run stand for the ninth wicket.
Captain Kane Williamson and Taylor stabilised the innings with a 104-run partnership, during which Williamson breezed past his fifty, before he was sent packing by Imran Tahir for 69, which came off 75 balls and included six boundaries. Colin de Grandhomme (1-10) castled du Plessis after which de Kock failed to get much of the strike. Mitchell Santner, however, had him stumped when on 34 as one wicket brought another for the hosts with de Kock departing two overs later for 57. Miller, Wayne Parnell and Pretorius returned to the side, while Kagiso Rabada missed out due to a niggle in his knee, accompanied by Farhaan Behardien and Tabraiz Shamsi, who missed out too.
Taylor (102 not out) and Williamson looked assertive and New Zealand reached 123 for two at the half-way mark after the duo completed their 50-run stand that came off 60 deliveries.
De Kock went on to make 57 off 65 balls, which included six boundaries, before falling to Trent Boult.
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Taylor, who also posted a century in that match, needs Test tons against two more teams (South Africa and Bangladesh) to join Williamson in that club, which now has 13 members.
New Zealand's veteran batsman Ross Taylor got to a record 17th ODI century off the last ball of the New Zealand innings before the bowlers did the needful to stop the Proteas six runs short, according to the ICC's official website.
Taylor had shared the New Zealand record of 16 ODI centuries with Nathan Astle, and had been in a rich vein of form since returning from eye surgery in early January. "South Africa learn very quickly".
FOUR by AB de Villiers and a 4-wicket victory for South Africa against New Zealand.