South Africa look for their series win when they set on the field on Sunday against New Zealand. Having won their first T20 of the series rather easily, as New Zealand succumbed after having a great start, they would like to replicate their performance.
New Zealand on the other hand will be disappointed as they were on top after the powerplay overs (56 for no loss). Kane Williamason, known as innings builder, was phenomenal in his sublime hitting as he ended with 42 off just 21 balls. But unfortunately for New Zealand no one could capitalise on this great start and they were reduced to 151 runs in their 20 overs when at one stage they were looking good for 170-180 runs.
Their strategy of making Tom Latham, an opener, to bat at number seven seem to be futile as he is not a big hitter and in the later part of the innings team needs a player who can score quickly. In the bowling department Adam Milne and Doug Bracewell bowled well but all others were on the expensive side.
South Africa looked rusty in the beginning when Kane Williamson and Martin Guptill were hitting their way out but came back beautifully in the match and after that never gave New Zealand the chance. While Faf Du Plessis missed out due to a knee injury, AB Devillliers captained their side to victory.
David Wiese and Aaron Phangiso were impressive bowlers as they took two wickets each. However, Morne Morkel was expensive as he shelled out 37 runs in the four overs.
Biggest question for the hosts will be the availability of their regular captain Faf Du Plessis as he is nursing knee injury. AB Devilliers was optimistic of his return to the XI in the second T20. If the captain returns Morne van Wyk is expected to make way for the captain.
South Africa (probable XI): Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers, Hashim Amla, Rilee Rossouw, David Miller, Farhaan Behardien, David Wiese, Kyle Abbott, Kagiso Rabada, Aaron Phangiso
Given the futility of Tom Latham at number seven James Neesham is expected to replace him. Apart from that the team is expected to be unchanged.
New Zealand (probable XI): Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson (c), George Worker, Colin Munro, Grant Elliott, Luke Ronchi (wk), James Neesham, Nathan McCullum, Doug Bracewell, Adam Milne, Mitchell McClenaghan.
Match is to be played at Super Sport park Ceturion. Till now four matches have been played here and South Africa have won two while they have lost two. However, in their last two encounters at this ground they lost to Pakistan and Australia.
In the four matches played the scores while batting first were 156-241-195-128. While the teams batting first won on three occasions the team batting second won while chasing 128.
South Africa is very short in odds at 1.44 to win the match. Given the nature of T20 the odds are very short and New Zealand team is no push over we will be backing New Zealand at these odds.