NZ vs RSA Match Preview

It turned out to be a heartbreaking defeat for New Zealand in the last match against Australia. They ended up short by a margin of 5 runs in a terrific attempt at chasing a big target. They nearly pulled off a miracle but now with back-to-back losses they have dipped in the points table. The stand-by skipper Tom Latham would be keen to get his wards to forget about those defeats and win this match to take them a step closer to the semifinals. Their openers Will Young and Devon Conway are providing good starts to their teams.

In the last game, Rachin Ravindra hit his second hundred of the competition. He will be keen to develop partnerships with the likes of Glenn Phillips and the skipper Latham. James Neesham also played a terrific inning in their last match and will be keen to deliver the goods again with Matt Henry and Mitchell Santner. Their bowling attack is a source of worry for New Zealand. Both Matt Henry and Trent Boult did get early breakthroughs in their last match. Other bowlers such as Santner and Lockie Ferguson will be looking to keep their scoring rate in check.

The South African team is being led by Temba Bavuma. They picked up a one-wicket victory over Pakistan in their last outing. It was a nerve-racking encounter but the South African tailenders managed to hold on to their nerves to take their team to a win. Another win here will ensure a place in the semis for South Africa. Their premier batter Quinton de Kock is the leading run-getter for South Africa. They also have a dangerous middle order and will be looking to get contributions from Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, Marco Jansen, and David Miller.

The South African bowling attack has displayed a lot of passion in the competition. They will be keen to provide yet another good showing in this match, especially with the new ball. Bowlers such as Marco Jansen, Lungi Ngidi, and Kagiso Rabada will be looking to trouble the batters with their pace. There are some other players on the SA team bowling ranks that can trouble the batters such as Tabraiz Shamsi, Markram, and Keshav Maharaj. They can use these conditions well and will be keen to inflict some damage on their opposition.

Weather Report

The weather forecast during this game is that of dry conditions. There are no chances of getting a shower during the match. You can expect a full game of cricket on the match day. The temperature and humidity levels during the game will be on the higher side.

Pitch Report

We have seen as many as 9 ODI games played at this venue Maharashtra Cricket Stadium in Pune. The team batting first has won 4 of these encounters while the team batting second has won 5. So, it appears as if it is advantageous for the teams to bat first here. The reason for this is the spinners will get some assistance from the track later on in the second innings. That apart, this is a good batting surface and you expect big scores from both these teams.

Notable stats

Mitchell Santner has had a great economy rate in recent games for New Zealand.

Santner has not only picked up wickets for New Zealand in recent games but has also bowled economically with an economy rate of 4.91.

Quinton de Kock has a great average-to-strike rate combination for South Africa.

De Kock has scored 630 runs from his last 10 games with a strike rate of 108.99 and an average of 63.

Team News

The New Zealander skipper Kane Williamson will miss this game due to an injury. The rest of the teams will be available for selection on the match day tomorrow.

NZ vs RSA Probable 11

NZ Playing 11

  • Tom Latham (C)
  • Devon Conway
  • Will Young
  • Rachin Ravindra
  • Daryl Mitchell
  • Glenn Phillips
  • James Neesham
  • Mitchell Santner
  • Matt Henry
  • Lockie Ferguson
  • Trent Boult

RSA Playing 11

  • Temba Bavuma (C)
  • Quinton de Kock (Wk)
  • Rassie van der Dussen
  • Aiden Markram
  • Heinrich Klaasen
  • David Miller
  • Marco Jansen
  • Kagiso Rabada
  • Keshav Maharaj
  • Tabraiz Shamsi
  • Lungi Ngidi
This is not the official playing 11 for the match. This is a prediction of the expected playing 11 for each team based on the writers analysis.

Dream11 Prediction

Both these teams have played well in the competition except for the last couple of games which they ended up losing. The Kiwi bowling attack is letting them down a bit. They need to bowl well in this contest to try and prevent South Africans rolling all over them. South Africans have all their top players in devastating form. This apart both these teams are in good form. The fact that South Africans have won their last 3 contests, gives them an edge in this encounter.

Top Picks

Quinton de Kock: De Kock has scored 630 runs from his last 10 games for South Africa with an average of 63 and a strike rate of 108.99.

Aiden Markram: Markram has put together 562 runs from 10 games with an average of 62.44 and a strike rate of 115.4.

Marco Jansen: Marco Jansen has picked up 20 wickets from his last 10 matches with a strike rate of 21.9.

Mitchell Santner: Santner has picked up 14 wickets from 6 games with an excellent economy rate of 4.91 and a strike rate of 24.71.

NZ vs RSA Dream11 Team 1

Keeper: Q de Kock (C)

Batters: D Conway, H Klaasen, R van der Dussen, A Markram, D Mitchell

All-rounders: M Santner, R Ravindra (VC), M Jansen

Bowlers: T Boult, M Henry

NZ vs RSA Dream11 Prediction - OCB Team Prediction