Preview: New Zealand eye another upset
by Asher Wilson

Scorecard:South Africa v New Zealand
Event:New Zealand in South Africa 2012/13

DateLine: 22nd January 2013


South Africa v New Zealand
2nd ODI 2013
Match Preview


The second One Day International between South Africa and New Zealand takes place in Kimberley on Tuesday with the hosts bidding to bounce back from a shock defeat in the series opener.


The Black Caps are one up with two to play and given South Africa were generally a shot for the first contest of the series at Paarl on Saturday, few would have envisaged they are now battling to stay in the series.


New Zealand won the toss and opted to field and they struck towards the end of the fifth over, removing Amla (13) with the score on 25. Wickets continued to fall at regular intervals until Faf du Plessis and Ryan McLaren added 59 for the sixth by which time the Proteas looked to be on course for something in the region of 235- 240. However Petersen, Faf and Steyn all fell in quick succession and despite a mini blitz from Kleinveldt who cleared the ropes three times, the hosts were bowled out for 208 in 46.2 overs. Mitchell McClenaghan returned figures of 4/20 in his ten overs on debut and part time spinner Kane Williamson finished with 4/22 in his 7.2 overs.


To add to the misery for the Proteas, skipper AB de Villiers picked up a two match ban for a slow over rate and will take no further part in the series.


In reply New Zealand were rocking with both openers back in the hutch after just ten deliveries. At that stage, 209 for victory seemed unlikely but 45 from Watling kept them in the hunt. However Watling fell at 105/6 and when Neesham followed soon after it looked to be game over. However Franklin (top score of 47 not out) supported by Nathan McCullum (24) and Kyle Mills (26) got the Black Caps home in the 46th over for a one wicket win and it also won him a well earned man of the match award over McClenaghan.


South Africa have played six ODI's at Kimberley, winning the first five before losing the most recent one dayer at this venue against Sri Lanka in January 2012.


New Zealand have played two ODI's here, losing to the Proteas by five wickets in October 2000 and beating Bangladesh by seven wickets in the 2003 ICC World Cup.


With the suspension of de Villiers will come a change to the batting order. David Miller has been called up to the squad but may have to take his place in the queue behind Farhaan Behardien. Morne Morkel, South Africa's leading ODI bowler in 2012, could also return to the side.


Jimmy Neesham and Grant Elliot bowled just five overs and made one run between them in Paarl, so Colin Munro might be considered for an ODI debut. Alternatively, New Zealand could trust their lower-order to acquit themselves again and bring either Neil Wagner or Trent Boult into the attack.


If conditions are favourable for batting then this could be 300+ wicket for 50 overs with relatively short boundaries. On what is likely to be a far better batting track, the Proteas should overpower New Zealand in this department. New Zealandís strength is definitely their bowling and on a pitch that offers little in the way of assistance, a lack of pace and aggression may count against them.




South Africa: (probable) 1 Graeme Smith, 2 Hashim Amla, 3 Colin Ingram, 4 Faf du Plessis (capt), 5 Farhaan Behardien/David Miller, 6 Quinton de Kock (wk), 7 Ryan McLaren 8 Robin Peterson, 9 Rory Kleinveldt, 10 Morne Morkel, 11 Lonwabo Tsotsobe


New Zealand: (probable) 1 Rob Nicol, 2 Martin Guptill, 3 BJ Watling, 4 Kane Williamson, 5 Brendon McCullum (capt/wk), 6 James Franklin, 7 Colin Munro, 8 Jimmy Neesham, 9 Nathan McCullum, 10 Kyle Mills, 11 Mitchell McClenaghan

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