"South Africa played a very good game," said McCullum. "There were some clutch moments and they stood up and applied some pressure. Against a good side, they expose you. We weren't quite at our best but throughout the series we've seen some improvements and we can take some heart out of the series."
Brief scores: South Africa 179/6 (H Davids 68, J Ontong 48) bt New Zealand 146/9 (R McLaren 3/25, A Phangiso 3/25).