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NEW ZEALAND VS SOUTH AFRICA – 3RD ODI – FANTASY CRICKET PREVIEW

After that 6 runs win in Christchurch, New Zealand has leveled the series 1-1 and it is all about which team going to take an advantage in the series by winning the third ODI on Saturday. South Africa’s ODI winning streak was broken down in last game and they would look to another streak from Saturday. The 3rd ODI between New Zealand vs South Africa will be played at Westpac Stadium, Wellington and it scheduled to start at 2 PM Local | 6:30 AM IST on Saturday, 25th February 2017.

 

NEW ZEALAND :

The home team tasted the win finally on the tour after losing T20 match and first ODI on last weekend. Brilliant hundred by Ross Taylor and half-centuries by captain Kane Williamson and James Neesham lifted New Zealand to win a game on Wednesday. Wicket Keeper and an opener Tom Latham’s recent form is the most worrying thing for Blackcaps, now. He got out for 0 in first ODI and scored only 2 in the 2nd. As he proved his talents throughout this season, New Zealand might give him an another chance in 3rd ODI. His opening partner Dean Brownlie has started well in both matches and scored 30 odd runs. But, he did not convert the good start into big scores. Hopefully, he will do it on Saturday. Skipper Kane Williamson is in very good form as he always do and scored back-to-back half-centuries in the series. He scored 59 and 69 respectively. Some big hundred is expected from him on Saturday. Ross Taylor, who omitted in T20 squad, scored just 1 runs in 1st match. Then, he came with outstanding knock on Wednesday and scored his 17th ODI century. If he continues the good show at Wellington, he would win an another game for his team. Neil Broom was in brilliant form against Bangladesh in recent series. But, he failed to score runs in both occasions in this series and scored 2 runs in each innings. He is expected to keep his place safe on Saturday, in case Blackcaps wants to rest him, Luke Ronchi – the wicket keeper would comes in the XI.

That was a brilliant knock from James Neesham’s bat on Wednesday. The all rounder scored very useful 29 runs in 1st ODI and scored 71 off 57 balls in Christchurch. He is in good touch, if it continues he would play an another impressive knock on Saturday. Bowling all rounder Mitchell Santner bowled well in the last game. He picked 2 for 46 in 10 overs, he also picked a wicket in 7 overs spell in first ODI. Santner would be play a crucial role with his spin bowling. Another all rounder Colin de Grandhomme is also in the XI, who offers with both bat and bowl. He impressed with score of 34 off 19 in first match and then he picked a wicket for 10 runs in the second. Leading strike bowlers in the side Tim Southee and Trent Boult are ready to brings a wickets for his team. Southee picked 3 wickets in 2 innings, meanwhile Boult picked 4 in those 2 innings. But, Boult bowled at above 6 RPO in both occasions. Much better performances are expected from both these pacers on Saturday. Spinner Ish Sodhi bowled at above 6 RPO on Wednesday, he is expected to replaces by Lockie Ferguson or Matt Henry. A win from here would give a massive advantage for the home team, for that a clinical performances are needed from this Blackcaps side.

 

SOUTH AFRICA :

12-matches winning streak have been broken in last game when South Africa lost to New Zealand by 6 runs. As the winning streak is over, now South Africa would look to build an another winning streak ahead of Champions Trophy. As the series is leveled now, the win from here would give an advantage to the visitors. When comparing the performances of last two matches, the man in form Faf du Plessis was failed in both occasions and scored 14 and 11 respectively. South Africa wants him to back in form quickly which bolster the batting surely. Experienced Hashim Amla scored 35 in first and 10 in second. He needs to bat throughout the innings, which would assures a big total on the board. Opener and wicket keeper batsman Quinton de Kock is in good form throughout the season, he keeps to do well in this on-going series too. He scored two back-to-back half centuries in first two ODIs (69 and 57 respectively). The man in form of his career could bring much better knock on Saturday. Skipper AB de Villiers is also in a position to score more runs, he scored 37 and 45 respectively in the series. The champion batsman might come with an ODI hundred on Saturday. All rounder JP Duminy did not play big knocks in recent times, but he used to play handy knocks in almost every matches. He could come with big century at any time, so he is also a dangerous player in the side.

David Miller, who was injured his finger after scoring a century against Sri Lanka few weeks ago, is back to fitness and scored 28 runs in last match. As he is return to XI, Farhaan Behardien would be sidelined again. All Rounder Dwaine Pretorius was a performer of the day for South Africa on Wednesday. First he picked 2 for 40 in 10 overs and then scored an half-century in just 27 balls. He needs to deliver once again with both bat and bowl to cement his place in the team. All rounder Chris Morris picked 4 crucial wickets in first game, remained wicket-less in the second. As he could offer with both bat and bowl at any time the team needs, Morris is one of major player in the South African bowling attack. Andile Phehlukwayo was done it well with bat in both matches, but he bowled expensive spells in both occasions. He needs to do well with bowling too. Kagiso Rabada who was rested on Wednesday due to niggle, is back for selection and he could replaces Wayne Parnell in the line-up. No. 1 spinner in the world in the limited overs cricket right now, Imran Tahir would manage spinners duty.

 

KEY PLAYERS :

NEW ZEALAND :

Batsmen :

  • Dean Brownlie
  • Kane Williamson
  • Ross Taylor
  • Tom Latham
  • Neil Broom

All Rounders :

  • Colin de Grandhomme
  • James Neesham
  • Mitchell Santner

Bowlers :

  • Tim Southee
  • Trent Boult
  • Matt Henry
  • Lockie Ferguson
  • Ish Sodhi

 

POSSIBLE LINE-UPS :

1. Dean Brownlie, 2. Tom Latham, 3. Kane Williamson, 4. Ross Taylor, 5. Neil Broom / Luke Ronchi, 6. James Neesham, 7. Colin de Grandhomme, 8. Mitchell Santner, 9. Lockie Ferguson / Ish Sodhi, 10. Tim Southee, 11. Trent Boult.

 

KEY PLAYERS :

SOUTH AFRICA :

Batsmen :

  • Quinton de Kock
  • AB de Villiers
  • Hashim Amla
  • Faf du Plessis
  • David Miller

All Rounders :

  • Chris Morris
  • JP Duminy
  • Dwaine Pretorius
  • Wayne Parnell

Bowlers :

  • Imran Tahir
  • Kagiso Rabada
  • Andile Phehlukwayo
  • Tabraiz Shamsi

 

POSSIBLE LINE-UPS :

1. Quinton de Kock, 2. Hashim Amla, 3. Faf du Plessis, 4. AB de Villiers, 5. JP Duminy, 6. David Miller, 7. Dwaine Pretorius, 8. Chris Morris, 9. Andile Phehlukwayo / Wayne Parnell, 10. Kagiso Rabada, 11. Imran Tahir.

 

TOP PICKS :

  • Kane Williamson, Tom Latham, James Neesham and Trent Boult -> New Zealand
  • Faf du Plessis, Quinton de Kock, AB de Villiers and Chris Morris -> South Africa

 

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