Proteas shred Taylor-less New Zealand

South Africa romped to an eight-wicket win over New Zealand in their opening Twenty20 game on Friday after the Black Caps slumped their third-lowest T20 score in a dismal start to their test and limited overs tour. South Africa needed just 12.1 overs to reach 87-2 and overhaul New Zealand's 86 all out.

Left badly exposed by the absence of experienced players -- including former captain Ross Taylor -- New Zealand needed 23 from debutant Colin Munro to help it past its record low in 20-over games, 80 all out against Pakistan in 2010.

Seamer Rory Kleinvedlt (3-18) and left-arm spinner Robin Peterson (2-8) did the bowling damage for the Proteas while stand-in captain Faf du Plessis led South Africa home, hitting the winning runs and finishing 38 not out.

The Proteas had earlier bowled New Zealand out for just 86 in their opening Twenty20 game at Kingsmead on Friday as the Black Caps made a dismal start to their tour.

New skipper Brendon McCullum was one of the senior batsmen who failed when he was caught off a top-edged pull to Rory Kleinveldt for six as New Zealand slipped to 36-6 at one stage before eventually succumbing to their third-lowest T20 total ever.

One of the four debutants, Durban-born Munro, top-scored with 23 but had little support from his teammates. Doug Bracewell was 21 not out at the bottom of the order but they were two of only three NZ batsmen to reach double figures. Seam bowlers Kleinveldt, Steyn and Ryan McLaren struck early for the home team as the visitors struggled with regular mistimed shots on a two-paced pitch in Durban. Rob Nicol (3), Peter Fulton (9), McCullum and James Franklin (0) all went cheaply.

Morris, one of three debutants for the South Africans, removed Corey Anderson (5) and then Munro before limping off with a thigh injury.

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