After an unexpected victory over the Proteas, New Zealand face South Africa, once again in the 2nd ODI of the 3 match series, to be played at Kimberley.
South Africa had an extremely slow overrate in the previous match, and hence, a two match ban was handed out to their captain, AB de Villiers. Moreover, all the other players were fined 100% of the match fee.
With a hollow in the captaincy department, Faf du Plessis, has been named the acting skipper for the rest of the series.
South African batsmen were not upto the mark in the previous match, managing a below par total of less than 210. However, their bowlers took up the challenge, until Kiwi tail with James Franklin managed to score more than 100 runs and confirm New Zealand victory.
The Proteas would have reassessed their strategy, and will be hoping for a more solid performance from the top order.
In place of De Villiers, Farhaan Behardien and David Miller, are the top contenders, but Berhardien is the strong candidate to replace De Villiers, since he was already part of the squad, unlike Miller.
In the bowling department, Morne Morkel, is likely to make his way into the playing XI. No other immediate changes are expected for the Proteas in tomorrow’s encounter.
On the other side, the Kiwis have again achieved the unexpected, which has been associated with them during their dismal past one year.
However, they will be looking for a slightly consistent performance, which can earn them a very precious ODI series victory away from home.
Only change is expected in the all-rounder spot, so Colin Munro might make his debut in the upcoming game. Otherwise, the winning formula will be the way to go for the Kiwis.
The South Africans will be trying their level best to remain alive in the series, and level the series at one all. While, New Zealand, would be eyeing a series triumph to boost their confidence for the coming home season.