South Africa will play the first match of the 3 match ODI series against New Zealand tomorrow . As far as the rankings are concerned , both the teams are on the other side of the table, with South Africa placed 2nd and New Zealand at 7th spot. The palyers ranking is also domnated by the South Africans only.
But the recent form of the New Zealand team will speak for something else. They seem to have found the right combination and the balance in the team. On te other hand , South Africa has always been a tough side, just that they have not been able to convert it in big tournaments.
New Zealand will abnk on some poewrful strikers of the ball right from the top . who can create soe panic in the opposition. They have a decent bowling attack , with Vettori also making it to the mix now. Boult and Southee are a treat to watch at the death overs. Also, New Zealand have a good depth in their bowling lineup. Brendon McCullum‘s captaincy has brought a change in them and he has led from the front with the bat too. He has been very attacking and this has changed their cricket.
On the other hand, South Africa has a decent batting lineup with modern greats Amla and deVilliers in there , and they are well supported by a bowling lineup which currently has 2 in the TOP 10 in ICC rankings.
New Zealand has a lot of injury issues coming into this match and their batting star Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor are set to miss this match, with Ross taylor out of the series.Jimmy Neesham is talented but opening the innings is different thing altogether and he will be doing this for the first time. Their batting unit has been inconsistent.
South Africa don’t have a decent spinner. Imran Tahir has been ok but not very consistent. He has gone for plenty more than often now , and with small grounds in South Africa, things can be difficult for him.
South Africa (From): Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock(w), Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers(c), Jean-Paul Duminy, David Miller, Ryan McLaren, Aaron Phangiso, Morne Morkel, Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir, Rilee Rossouw, Wayne Parnell, Vernon Philander, Kyle Abbott
New Zealand (From): Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, James Neesham, Brendon McCullum, Corey Anderson, Luke Ronchi, Nathan McCullum, Daniel Vettori, Kyle Mills, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Dean Brownlie, Matt Henry, Mitchell McClenaghan