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Kiwis Eye Good Show against South Africa in Durban Test

August 19
15:00 2016

nzNew Delhi, Friday, August 19 – New Zealand are on tour of South Africa to contest in 2-match Test series, which starts today. Kingsmead in Durban is to host the first Test match and all preparations have successfully been done to host the match, which is to start in a short while.

The home team will have South African skipper Faf du Plessis, Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Stephen Cook, Quinton de Kock, Jean-Paul Duminy, Dean Elgar, Chris Morris, Kyle Abbott, Wayne Parnell, Vernon Philander, Dane Piedt, Dale Steyn, Stiaan van Zyl and Kagiso Rabada. At the same time, the players who flew for South Africa are Kane Williamson, Doug Bracewell, Mark Craig, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Luke Ronchi, Jeet Raval, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling and Trent Boult.

Captaincy of Williamson will be of huge importance and his fans will look forward to the way he leads his men. As a matter of fact, a lot has changed in Proteas cricket in the last few months. They have been not on a strong side by the time a series against England was lost. It is definite that they will now try to find a way to do well and improve further. Here is to remind that they are languishing at 7th place in the ICC Tests rankings. India are currently on the top with 112 points after Sri Lanka inflicted humiliating defeat on Australia in 3-match Test series.

On the other hand, the Kiwis hold number 5 spot with 99 points in 28 matches. The players picked on both the sides will try to do everything possible to win the two scheduled matches to rank slightly up in the ICC rankings for Tests. South Africa are full of talented players and so are the Black Caps. Skippers of both New Zealand and South Africa will look forward to win the toss and make best decision post reading the mood of the pitch. Top order, middle order and tail-ender batsmen must have to perform well if they want their teams to stay on track right from the beginning till the end.

Without any doubt, two teams are to contest with a prime motto and that is nothing else but to win in the last part. It is obvious that hosts will have to pour more than 100 percent efforts to put themselves a step ahead of the visiting squad, who lately defeated Zimbabwe in two Tests played at Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo by an innings and 117 runs and 254 runs. Williamson is once again expected to guide his boys magnificently. As a matter of fact, it is the perfect platform for them to shine and keep honing skills that will be of huge help for them to gain foothold when the contest against the heavyweight reaches in an exciting phase. A real zing will be added only at a time when South African players make the tourists feel pressure, possibility of which seems high. The biggest challenge they may face when the game is on is how to hold nerves when playing in home conditions and front of home crowd.

Restricting Latham, Taylor and Watling at low score will require Proteas to bowl in a perfect line and length. If scoring pattern at the venue is to be cited then average first inning score is 300 and average second inning score is 272. Moreover, average 3rd inning score is 261 and average fourth inning score is 198. The highest total of 658 for the loss of 9 wickets in 166.2 overs was put by South Africa vs. West Indies. The lowest total of 66 in 34.1 overs was set by India after South African bowlers did a fantastic work and compelled India to succumb under pressure. At the same time, highest chased total was 340 by South Africa in opposition to Australia, while the lowest defended was 166 by New Zealand vs. South Africa. The last statistics may be of use this time as only a little time remains for the contest to start. It will be an interesting point to notice who all will be picked in the Playing XIs to set foundation of their team’s victory.

 

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