About the Match
South Africa managed to win a tightly contested first match curtailed by rain and both teams would now be looking to step it up a gear. New Zealand will know that they are up against a formidable side that could run away with the series very quickly. Here is what we think is likely to happen in the second match of the series.
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Two matches played against South Africa this season and both lost. New Zealand would be feeling a little jittery that their excellent home record is about to be massacred by a South African team looking for complete domination.
Still, the score in the ODI series stands at 1-0 and with another 4 matches to go, New Zealand would believe they have the necessary firepower to strike back.
The first thing that New Zealand needs to rectify is its faltering batting lineup. Chris Morris demolished their top order with ease and it was only Kane Williamson who was able to make a decent score. Someone needs to score a century quick, otherwise, they will always struggle to find enough runs against South Africa.
We think that Williamson and Taylor are the two most likely players to get a big score and would advise backing them to get at least a 50 plus each in the second ODI.
Of some concern to the Kiwis would be Tom Latham’s form, especially after he struggled to get bat on ball in the first ODI. He is a class act that is under pressure and that is something the South Africans will prey upon. We don’t see him having a very good series this time around.
The New Zealand bowling stood up to the test though and almost won the match for their team. In Boult, Southee, and Santner, New Zealand has an excellent bowling lineup. We expect to see Matt Henry added to the playing eleven for Christchurch in place of Ish Sodhi.
With 12 consecutive ODI victories, the South Africans have now equaled their most successful run in this format ever and the next step would be to try and extend that record for as long as possible.
Finding a weakness in this team is a little difficult, however, it would be fair to say that they do not prefer the slow, spinning wickets. This is why New Zealand would be bitterly disappointed to have let the South African’s get away on a surface that started to spin viciously near the end of their innings.
De Kock and Amla looked very good before they got out and look almost certain to make this form count in the series. We think it is a very safe bet to back one of those two (or even both) to get a 70 plus score in this next match.
De Villiers spent some quality time in the middle in the last match and that is something that always bodes well for South Africa. He is also due a very big one and we can see some of his fluency return in the upcoming game.
Back him to get a big score in case he gets in with 20 overs still to go.
The bowling attack was led by Chris Morris who is again our pick to be the highest wicket taker in the match, although we think that Imran Tahir might strike back after a wicketless first game as well.
Shamsi is unlikely to play the second ODI and Wayne Parnell could be making his return to the playing eleven.
South Africa is still searching for its first choice eleven but it is clear that they have their eyes firmly on winning the Champions Trophy. Expect no let up from them in this series as they try and make a statement to the world.
We think South Africa will win another closely contested, high-scoring match.