About the Match
South Africa won the ODI series by defeating New Zealand in the 2nd ODI by 72 runs and will now look ahead to hand out a 3-0 whitewash to the hosts in the 3rd ODI, which is set to be played between the two teams on 27th Oct at Hamilton. The Kiwis, despite a strong bowling attack, suffered a batting collapse and will need to come back stronger if they want to redeem themselves; the Proteans on the other hand have strengthened their capabilities and look invincible at the moment.
The bowlers have been impressive with their wicket-taking abilities and in containing the run-flow of the opponents; however, the batsmen continued to fail in their mission to chase the required totals. With McClenaghan, Anderson, Southee and Boult claiming 2 wickets each in the 2nd ODI, they displayed a good team effort and but didn’t have an answer for the might of players like Amla and Plessis. Although Vettori has been a key asset in restricting the visitors from scoring the big runs, he has been struggling to get the wickets falling; Neesham claimed a wicket but needs to do better with keeping his bowling tight. On the batting front, the top order collapse continued and none of the experienced players like McCullum, Guptill or Neesham could build strong partnerships. Ronchi once again came to the rescue like in the last match, scoring 79 off 83 balls but it wasn’t enough to get the team safely home; they were all out by the 47th over and lost the match by 72 runs. The players need to keep the defeat aside and play to achieve a face-saving here and we will definitely see a much better performance in the upcoming match.
Opening the innings, Hashim Amla posted a huge 119 off 135 deliveries to boost their chances of getting big total; he partnered with Plessis to post a 113-run stand for the 2nd wicket with Plessis scoring a well-made 6 off 73. Being pushed up the order, Amla proved to be a threat to the Kiwis and he will be a key asset in the upcoming match too; Plessis has returned to form and can be strong with his batting skills in the middle. AB de Villiers and Duminy played good knocks in the previous game but couldn’t repeat the same here however, they are in good shape to take on the pace attack of the Kiwi bowlers. The bowling squad has Philander, Steyn, Imran Tahir and Morkel who have been regularly contributing with wickets; Duminy and AB de Villers are also good with their precise bowling skills and prove to be good all-rounders helping the cause of the team. Overall, this team can be a tough team to beat with the players displaying good performance in all aspects of the game; they will be eager to win the 3rd and final match of the series with the title already in their name.
With the series taken by South Africa, the Kiwis will be hoping to do well to win a face-saving game here; however, the visitors, who bring out their best no matter what the conditions are, will definitely pose a tough challenge to the hosts. Although the hosts will fight hard, we feel the Proteans will emerge victorious in the end after an interesting contest that will go down to the wire.
South Africa, 1.40 @ Bet365