About the Match
With the first match affected by rain and wet outfield leading to a draw, South Africa and New Zealand will take on each other in the 2nd Test starting on 27th August at Centurion. The first innings saw the hosts batting first and get to a meagre 263 runs; the Kiwi bowlers dominated throughout and got the opponents all-out in 88 overs. However, when it was New Zealand’s turn to bat, the field conditions became unsafe and they had to end the contest in a draw. The players will be eagerly waiting to play a full game in the upcoming test and we will surely see some fireworks with both bat and ball over the weekend.
With star players like AB de Villiers and Morne Morkel ruled out of the tests, the squad consists of batsmen like Stephen Cook, Dean Elgar, Temba Bavuma, wicket-keeper batsman Quinton de Kock and other experienced players like Hashim Amla, stand-in captain Faf du Plessis and JP Duminy. In the first test, Amla, who posted a well-made 53, Bavuma and de Kock contributed well with the bat while all-rounders like Rabada also played useful hands to take the scoreboard to 263.
The bowling unit consists of speed master Dale Steyn, who picked up 2 wickets giving away only 3 runs in 6 overs before the match was drawn due to poor conditions, pacemen Philander and Kagiso Rabada,, who has been performing consistently well, and spinner Dane Piedt. Medium pacer Bavuma and spinner Duminy can provide variety and depth to the attack.
Overall, they have good resources to overcome the Kiwi’s batting and bowling prowess; if the rains don’t play havoc, the Proteans could well come out right on top to register a win here.
They have a deadly pace combination consisting of in-form fast-bowlers like Trent Boult, who picked up 3 scalps at an economy of less than 3 runs per over in the first match, Neil Wagner, who also picked up 3 wickets, Tim Southee and Doug Bracewell, who picked up a wicket each. Mitchell Santner has been vital to the spin attack and he has been picking up regular wickets; along with Ish Sodhi, the Kiwis have a good balance between pace and spin.
The batsmen didn’t get to do much in the first test but they will geared up to put up a tough challenge for the hosts; with players like Kane Williamson, who can lead from the front with his exceptional form, Tom Latham, Ross Taylor and Martin Guptill, the Kiwi batting line-up can prove to be a formidable force to reckon with as seen in the recent matches against Zimbabwe.
Henry Nicholls, Watling and Jeet Raval can stabilize the innings in the middle-order and overall, they have good depth in batting. The bowling unit has been phenomenal and they can stifle the South African batting line-up in the upcoming match too.
Both teams have experienced batsmen and bowlers, who can help their side dominate on the field; while South Africa have the home advantage, we feel that New Zealand have a tighter squad that gives them the edge to win the match