About the Match
It was celebrations for the Kiwis as they cleverly plotted the revenge of their last ODI defeat against the Proteas; the 2nd ODI at the Potchefstroom grounds kept the audience on the toes when the visitors, who were never really in trouble, cruised to victory over the South Africans by 8 wickets after successfully chasing 207 runs. The teams are set for the 3rd and final ODI match of the series to be held on 26th August at the Kingsmead ground, Durban and will keep the spectators filled with excitement as the winning team emerges as the champions of the ODI series.
The Proteas who started off the match choosing to bat first failed to make the right adjustments and hence proved to be the first pitfall for the team. Hashim Amla, the greatest strength of the batting line-up was knocked out for 8 by Milne, giving New Zealand a fantastic start.
Just when things were going good for them with AB de Villiers and Rossouw stabilizing the innings, Bracewell took the wicket of Rossouw breaking the partnership of 48 runs. Farhaan managed to score a brilliant 70 when all others had failed and helped the team crawl past 200. The bowling squad proved to be weak as only the spinners could manage two wickets leading to defeat.
Hashim Amla, who had been vital to their success needs to click with the bat while the middle order must focus on building strong partnerships; the pace attack again needs to find rhythm and if they can make some wise decisions on the field, chances of them winning are high in the next ODI.
The Kiwis once again proved that they learn from their past mistakes to overcome a challenge at hand; the partnership of Guptill and Latham made the target look easy as they posted 126 runs together. Although Williamson couldn’t score, the others pulled off the match very well.
New Zealand bowlers kept things tight for the rivals and bowled with discipline preventing the hosts from getting the big runs; Milne and Bracewell took crucial wickets which helped them restrict the opposition to a low total. Guptil proved to be the star of the night with an impressive 103 as the Black caps refused to give up and made a good comeback thrashing the Proteas.
Overall, their batting line-up is getting geared up but Williamson must come out all guns blazing in the next match; bowlers are doing well and must be consistent with their wicket-taking abilities to outwit the hosts yet again.
It’s a do-or-die situation for the teams in the last match of the ODI series with both teams equal on the score board with one point each. Proteas can make a comeback with zeal if it keeps the crucial wickets till the end of the game whereas the Kiwis have geared up by making some replacements in the team and have the perfect chance to wrap up the series with their commitment on the field.