South Africa dominated in the first two ODIs of the series against New Zealand. And the New Zealand team desperately lacked consistency in the first two ODIs. The 3rd ODI does not hold much significance as the series is already won by South Africa by their consecutive victories. Yet, this game will hold some amount of importance for both the teams for experimenting purposes. World Cup is near and both teams are expected to experiment on their line up. South Africa will positively look for a victory to clinch a 3-0 lead while New Zealand will try to win a game to gain some sorts of confidence.
The third ODI is scheduled to be held at Seddon Park, Hamilton. Weather forecasts are not good though and showers are expected on the day of the match.
South Africa will surely take this game with prime importance as the game will be played in one of the World Cup venues. So, they will surely look to extract out the best. Also, they will try to impose supremacy by winning the series 3-0. But there are a few causes of worry in the South African bench. Their opener, Quinton De Kock has got starts in the tournament but has not succeeded in converting them into big ones. Hashim Amla made a stunning century in the previous ODI and it helped South Africa to pose a commanding score on the board. Also, AB De Villiers played brilliantly in the first ODI. The South Africans do possess depth in the batting and in the final ODI other batsmen in the likes of Rilee Rossouw and J.P Duminy have to come up good. Duminy has been in great form in this year and he batted brilliantly in the first ODI. The South African bowling also looks perfect. They have perfect pace attack led by the likes of Steyn, Phillander and McLaren. Also, Imran Tahir has been amongst wickets in the first two ODIs.
On the other hand, none of the batsmen except Luke Ronchi has been impressive in the series. Their openers in the likes of Martin Guptill and James Neesham have not clicked well so far in the series and that is some of the definite reasons for them to bother about. Also, their skipper, Brendon McCullum did not look at all steady in the middle order and failed to perform in both the innings. Corey Anderson once again is having a tough series with the bat. In the bowling department too, things did not look much settled. Daniel Vettori made his return and he has been impressive with his line and length but he did not manage to strike wickets for his team. Their leading pace bowlers in the likes of Trent Boult and Tim Southee have been way too much expensive in the first two ODIs. They are also facing some problems with their fifth bowling option. Corey Anderson has not been among his best in the recent times. Surely, they will try to sort out on these things in the upcoming ODI.
Brendon McCullum (captain), Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, DeanBrownlie, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, MitchellMcClenaghan, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, James Neesham, LukeRonchi, Tim Southee, Daniel Vettori.
AB de Villiers (capt.), Hashim Amla, Kyle Abbott, Quinton de Kock, JPDuminy, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, Ryan McLaren, David Miller, MorneMorkel, Wayne Parnell, Aaron Phangiso, Vernon Philander, RileeRossouw, Dale Steyn.