About the Match
New Zealand managed to win the second ODI and have now ended South Africa’s record unbeaten run in this format of the game. There is everything to play for with the series tied at 1-1 and three matches still to play.
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There was a lot of talk about South Africa using this series as a trial run to find its best combination ahead of the Champions Trophy, but New Zealand may have reached that answer sooner. All indications from the New Zealand camp suggest that they will continue to play with two spinners, two fast bowlers and the two all-rounders in most conditions.
The only sticking point would be the form of Tom Latham, who should keep his place until Martin Guptill makes a comeback at least.
The form of Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor should be of great pleasure to the Kiwis and we think that both of them will continue to score big runs in the series. Back Williamson to carry on and score a hundred although we would not count out Ross Taylor adding another one in this series as well.
Dean Brownlie has been good in patches, but Neil Broom has struggled to make an impact. He would be the other player feeling the pressure a little and would want to score some runs to cement his spot for the Champions Trophy.
De Grandhomme, Neesham, Southee, and Santner have formed a pretty formidable lower middle order, although we continue to feel they lack a little in the power hitting department.
Trent Boult is in blistering form and can be backed to the top wicket taker in this next match as well. The New Zealand attack has done well to keep a strong South African batting lineup under control up until and performed admirably under pressure.
It would almost be a relief for the South Africans that their streak is now over. They definitely did not need the added pressure while getting ready for the Champions Trophy and should also welcome the fact that this New Zealand team is going to push them every step of the way.
One of the things that South Africa has been doing is to keep on changing its bowling attack as surfaces, injuries and personnel needs dictate while the batting order has remained much the same.
The addition of David Miller to the side head of Behardien is a definite boost while Pretorius showed he is pretty capable with the bat as well.
With Chris Morris and Phehlukwyayo batting at 8 and 9, this South African teams bats very deep.
We think that their batsmen have been getting set and not really carrying on, something that should change sooner or later. Back Quinton de Kock and Faf du Plessis to score big runs, possibly even hundreds. De Villiers is also too good a player to be kept quiet for long and he could be in line to score a century himself if he gets in early.
The pitch at the Westpac is expected to be a batting paradise and couple with the small dimensions of the ground, some huge scores are possible here. New Zealand scored 393 in the quarter-finals here on the back of a double hundred by Martin Guptill.
We would advise backing the team batting first to score 300 plus in this game. You can even go for a more profitable 350 plus range quickly in the game if South Africa is batting first.
Every match in this series will be tightly contested, however, we think that South Africa has more quality in their ranks than New Zealand and should be able to win this match