South Africa takes on New Zealand for the first time at Hagley Oval in the second ODI of the five match series. The Proteas would be looking to become the second team in ODI cricket to win 13 consecutive matches and thereby take a 2-0 lead in the series.
However, the visitors would be up against a formidable New Zealand side who have a good record at Hagley Oval.
Streak v Streak
While South Africa try to record a 13 match winning streak, New Zealand on the other hand will try to extend their winning spree at Hagley Oval. Since the host’s debut at Hagley Oval in ODIs, they have never lost a single match at that venue.
On the Radar
Tom Latham off-late has been going through a rough patch. His scores in his last five innings are: 0,0,7,4 and 22. But his average of 62.33 at Hagley Oval in 4 games might change his fortunes. Hagley Oval has been a high scoring venue, over 300 has been scored by New Zealand twice while batting first.
Tahir went wicket less in the 1st ODI after a 5 wicket haul in the one off T20 match. This was the first time that he has gone wicket less in a match since June 2016. Being the world No.1 bowler, Tahir will look to get back to his rhythm in the 2nd ODI.
Cricket-21’s likely XI
New Zealand believe in the rotation policy and with Matt Henry and Lockie Ferguson in the squad, New Zealand are likely to bring changes in the pace department. The third pace option for them will be provided by Grandhomme as he adds depth in the batting department. Bigger dimentions of the ground will favour Sodhi and Santner to hold their place in the playing XI.
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 Ish Sodhi, 10 Tim Southee 11 Trent Boult/Lockie Ferguson/Matt Henry
David Miller is uncertain to start in the playing XI following his finger injury. South Africa are likely to retain Tabraiz Shamsi in place of all-rounder Parnell or Pretorius.
South Africa likely Playing XI: 1 Quinton De Kock (W/K), 2 Hashim Amla, 3 Faf Du Plessis, 4 AB de Villiers, 5 JP Duminy, 6 Farhaan Behardien, 7 Chris Morris, 8 Andile Phehlukwayo, 9 T Shamsi, 10 Kagiso Rabada, 11 Imran Tahir