About the Match
Winning the first ODI by 6 wickets, South Africa displayed a clinical execution of their strategy to dominate New Zealand in all aspects of the game and will look to do so again on 24th Oct when they meet for the 2nd ODI at Mount Maunganui. The Kiwis were all bungled out for 230 runs by the 46th over when put to bat first and later were unable to stop the Proteans from achieving the target; they will be eager to level the series and fight for the decider whereas South Africa will surely come out all gun blazing and try to continue with their winning momentum.
The top order failed to build a good foundation, with players like Guptill, Neesham, Brownlie and McCullum unable to bring out their best and play for the cause of the team; they were 68-5 at one point and things looked miserable for them when Ronchi put up a valiant effort to post 99 off 83 balls. With no stable partnerships, the Kiwis were only able to post 230 runs, which the bowlers failed to defend against a persistent South African batting line-up. Though Boult took 2 wickets and Anderson, Mills and Vettori worked hard to contain the run-flow, they couldn’t stop the Proteans from winning the match. They would need something special to make a dent on the likes of de Villiers, Duminy and Amla; the batsmen also need to pull up their socks and focus on building strong partnerships if they want to set up huge totals against the opponent. Overall, the Kiwis need to strategize well and go into the second match with more determination if they want to keep the series alive.
The bowling squad continues to terrorize opponents with their pace attack and spin magic; Imran Tahir is a strong asset to the side and by claiming 2 wickets in the opening match against the Kiwis, he proved his strengths once again. Morkel, Philander, Steyn, McLaren and Duminy are in very good form and played well to restrict the Kiwis to a low total; the batsmen also displayed determination and worked together to achieve the target. AB de Villiers posted 89 off 85 balls to play a crucial role in their victory as Quinton de Kock and Plessis were dismissed for single digits early on; Duminy also continued with his good form and scored 58 off 72 deliveries to steer the team towards a win. Amla is strong in the top order and will definitely come out all guns blazing in the upcoming matches; the batting line-up has the capability to thwart the tactics of the Kiwi bowlers and will be eager to do their best to secure a series win here.
While the Proteans will be eager to win the match, the Kiwis will fight to make a comeback; though the match could swing either way, New Zealand looks well placed to take on South Africa and level up to fight ahead in the final match of the series.
New Zealand, 1.90 @ Bet365