Hosts Hold Edge, South Africa Pin Hopes on Top Order

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After denying South Africa their 13th win on the trot, New Zealand would look to go a step further by taking a lead in the five-match series which is currently poised at 1-1. South Africa would expect one of their batsmen from the top seven to play a dominant innings, something which they missed in the first two ODIs.

South Africa’s lower order contribution is one positive that the visitors can take home from the first two ODIs. Both Phehlukwayo and Pretorius have contributed with the bat which has pushed South Africa to file a six-batsmen playing XI.

South Africa have played three ODIs at Westpac and have won two of those matches. In both those matches, AB de Villiers ended up being the Man of The Match for his scores of 106* and 99 respectively.

On the Radar

Neil Broom

Neil Broom came into this series after scoring three half centuries in his last four matches. However this series has been forgettable so far for Broom, he has managed only a paltry four from his first two matches. With few matches to go before the Champions trophy, Broom needs to step up in order to find his name in the squad that would be travelling to England.

South African batsmen on the other hand would look to do what Ross Taylor did for New Zealand in the second ODI. The top-seven batsmen from South Africa have gone past the 30-run mark seven times in the first two ODIs, but none of them went past the seventy run-mark.

Cricket-21’s likely XI

Although Tom Latham’s form is a concern, he could be given another opportunity even though he averages just 5.8 in his last six. His presence in the playing XI gives New Zealand the leisure to play Neesham and Grandhomme in the team. So it is unlikely that New Zealand will tinker too much with their team, they would likely go in with two pacers, two all-rounders and two spinners.

New Zealand likely Playing XI: 1 Dean Brownlie, 2 Tom Latham(W/K), 3 Kane Williamson(C) 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Neil Broom, 6 James Neesham, 7 Colin De Grandhomme, 8 Mitchell Santner, 9 IshSodhi, 10 Tim Southee, 11 Trent Boult

Kagiso Rabada is available after being declared match fit. He is likely to take the place of Wayne Parnell from South Africa’s previous playing XI.

South Africa’s likely Playing XI:1 Hashim Amla, 2 Quinton de Kock, 3 Faf du Plessis, 4 JP Duminy, 5 AB de Villiers, 6 David Miller, 7 Dwaine Pretorius, 8 Chris Morris, 9 AndilePhehlukwayo, 10 Kagiso Rabada, 11 Imran Tahir



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