South Africa vs New Zealand
1st ODI Match Prediction 2015
South Africa vs New Zealand 1st ODI Preview
With the T20 series ending in a tie after New Zealand’s staggering win against South Africa on Sunday, it will be an opportunity for the hosts to bounce back in the format they were beaten in the semi final of World Cup 2015.
Playing against the World Cup finalists will have an added rivalry to it this time round as they were shown the exit doors by them in a rather dramatic fashion at Auckland.
However, both the teams will be without some of their members which took part in that emotionally draining semi final. With Faf Du Plessis nursing an injury, JP Duminy and Morne Morkel out due to personal reasons and Quinton De Kock out owing to poor form there will be an opportunity for some of the youngsters to make a mark.
Having lost the ODI series against Bangladesh South Africa will look to end the aberration in the ODIs which will be well aided by the return of Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir and Vernon Philander. However, in the batting department they may have an untested middle order as Faf Du Plessis is out with an injury which will put Rilee Roussouw and Farhan Behardien under immense pressure.
New Zealand too will take the field with just five players from that world cup XI. With Brendon McCullum rested it will be Kane Williamson again who will lead the side in the ODI series. Ross Taylor’s injury compounds the problems for the Kiwis as they might give George Worker his ODI cap on Wednesday.
In the bowling department Trent Boult is still out with an injury which means Adam Milne and Mitchell McCleneghan will share the new ball. Ish Sodhi and Nathan McCullum are expected to lead on the spin front.
South Africa vs New Zealand 1st ODI Team News
South Africa will test Morne Van Wyk at the top of the order with De Kock out due to poor form. The middle order will be untested as Faf Du Plessis’ absence will have an impact on that middle order.
South Africa (probable XI): Hashim Amla, Morne Van Wyk (wicketkeeper), Rilee Rossouw, AB De Villiers (captain), Farhaan Behardien, David Miller, David Wiese, Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir, Kagiso Rabada
New Zealand on the other hand too will be without the usual players which gives new players an opportunity.
New Zealand (probable XI): Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson (captain), George Worker, Grant Elliott, James Neesham, Luke Ronchi (wicketkeeper), Colin Munro, Nathan McCullum, Adam Milne, Mitchell McClenaghan, Ish Sodhi
South Africa vs New Zealand 1st ODI Pitch Report
Match is to be played at Supersport park, Centurion and the surface here is rough according to New Zealand’s coach Mike Hesson which shouldaid bowlers like Dale Steyn and Adam Milne.
In the last five matches played here teams batting first have won three times while the teams chasing have won it two times. The match is expected to be a high scoring one and the team winning the toss should elect to bat.
South Africa vs New Zealand 1st ODI Winner Tip & Prediction
South Africa is as low as 1.40 to win the match but with an untested middle order and an untested batsman at the top the odds does not seem justified. On the other hand New Zealand too is without their regular players. We are backing South Africa to win the first ODI.