New Zealand eye consecutive series win in South African soil
Then third and final ODI between South Africa and New Zealand is all set to commence tomorrow. The series is levelled at 1-1 with all to play at Kingsmead, Durban.
After being completely outplayed by the hosts in the first ODI, the Kiwis staged an excellent comeback in the second ODI and kept themselves alive in the ODI Series.
After winning the toss in the second ODI South Africa had no hesitations in batting first but the Proteas batsman didn’t rise up to the occasion as they were all out for 204 inside 50 overs with Behardien being the highest score of 70. However, the Kiwi bowling rose up to the occasion bowling tight lines and giving nothing away. Both the Proteas openers were dismissed for a single-digit score which set up the tone beautifully for the New Zealand. Doug Bracewell did most of the damage picking up 3 wickets. However, South Africa recovered lately but it wasn’t good enough to post a competitive target for New Zealand to chase.
New Zealand were in no trouble during their chase as they lost only 2 wickets. The openers laid a solid foundation by putting up a huge first wicket stand which saw Guptill getting a century and Latham with a solid half-century. Guptill stayed unbeaten on 103 and along with him Worker saw New Zealand getting over the line which levelled the series at 1-1.
The final ODI begins tomorrow at Durban which should be a cracking of a contest in offer. However, the South African side will go in as the firm favourites but the Kiwi side has the momentum on their favour.
Probably playing eleven (South Africa): Hashim Amla, Morne van Wyk, Rille Rossouw, AB de Villiers, David Miller, Farhan Behardien, David Wiese, Kyle Abbott, Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir.
Probably playing eleven (New Zealand): Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson, George Worker, Luke Ronchi, Colin Munro, Grant Elliot, Doug Bracewell, Adam Milne, Ish Sodhi, Ben Wheeler.
Match Starts at 4:00 PM IST.
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