How's best guides New Zealand to respectable score

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DURBAN, South Africa, Nov 25 (Reuters) Jamie How's career best 90 guided New Zealand to a respectable 248 for six in the first one-day international against South Africa today.

How's previous best was 66 against West Indies in Wellington in 2005-06.

Fast bowler Andre Nel took 3-46, a haul which included wickets with consecutive balls in his penultimate over.

How steadied New Zealand in a stand of 72 with opener Brendon McCullum (40), which was ended in the 23rd over when off-spinner Johan Botha bowled the New Zealand wicketkeeper.

Scott Styris (40) helped How add 75 runs for the third wicket before he skied a delivery from Nel to mid-on, where Botha held a steepling catch.

Nel returned for his second spell to end How's innings in the 48th over when the New Zealander drove hard at a delivery pitched outside his off stump and edged the ball on to his middle stump.

With his next delivery, Nel bowled Gareth Hopkins leg stump as New Zealand slipped to 223-6.

Mathew Sinclair advanced the visitors' cause with an unbeaten 32, which came off 23 balls and featured three fours and a six.

Reuters PDS DB1908

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