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South Africa v New Zealand preview & live 1st ODI

After drawing the T20I series 1-1, South Africa and their New Zealand visitors start a three match ODI series on Wednesday at Supersport Park, Centurion. The Proteas won the first T20I relatively comfortably, but the Kiwis bounced back last Sunday at Centurion, to square the series.

In the past 12 months, the Proteas have had a mixed bag of results in ODIs. Having beaten Sri Lanka away from home 2-1, they then thrashed the West Indies on home soil 4-1 before departing for the World Cup in Australasia.

They progressed to the semi-final of the global tournament, where they were beaten in a thrilling encounter by their current opponents. Their most recent outing in the 50-over format, saw them surprisingly beaten in Bangladesh by 1-2, a first ever defeat to the Asian country.

The New Zealand Black Caps had a stunning World Cup tournament, where they progressed to their first ever final, before being beaten by Australia.

Since then, they have played in and lost one of the all-time great ODI series, a resurgent England team beating them by 3-2. Prior to arriving in South Africa, the Kiwis won a series in neighbouring Zimbabwe by 2-1.

The last time that the two countries met in South Africa, in early 2013, the result was a series success for the visitors by 2-1. The Proteas only victory coming in a dead third match, by just a single wicket.

The last time that faced off in a bilateral series, was in New Zealand in October last year, when South Africa recorded two comfortably wins, by 6-wickets and 72-runs, before the final game was washed out as a no result.

The Semi-Final at the recent World Cup in Auckland was eventually settled under the Duckworth/Lewis method. The Kiwis squeezing home by four wickets, with just one delivery remaining.

Rajeev mcallister
Sports Pundit staff writer

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