Centurion All Set to Host First ODI between Proteas and Kiwis

August 18 22:43 2015

1saNew Delhi, Wednesday, August 19 – The 3-match ODI Series between South Africa and New Zealand is to start at SuperSport Park, Centurion today in a little while. Preparations are all done. Confidence is going to be a major factor for their success in the ongoing tournament. If that is up, anything is possible.

Logging victories on the opponents in the 50-50 over match is full of thrill and not that easy at all. Not to forget that Proteas when on the tour of Bangladesh earned success at Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka against the host, beating them by 8 wickets but lost the next two and losing the series by 2-1.

Despite the fact that they were left in sheer shock after being sent on the back foot at the hand of rising star of cricket, it is not simple to close eyes to the talent housed by South African cricketers. Even though they ended the lately concluded T20 series with a draw as Kiwis won the 2nd one, the men in green caps have the potential to change the game at any point of time. But if a real picture is to be painted according to previous or latest performances, New Zealand hold a spot above South Africa.

Recently they were also on tour to the overseas to play Zimbabwe on their soil where they registered victories in both 50-50 over matches and only T20. New Zealand’s recent win of 80 runs over Zimbabwe is humongous for more than a few reasons. When they landed in South African soil to contest in T20 along with 3-match One-Day Internationals, motto was to repeat what they did against Zimbabwe in the recent past. Both Kiwis and Proteas faced each other in 2015 World Cup semifinals. After almost five months, they are going to contest in 50 over matches. Here is to mention that Kiwis logged a memorable win on South Africa at Eden Park, Auckland.

Rain once more was no less than a villain for South Africa who were then defeated by 4 wickets. The game finished on a surprising note. Viewers witnessed how a match’s outcome oscillates between two teams. Although New Zealand won the game but over this, they won million hearts as the batsmen on the crease at that moment chose consoling shattered South African cricketers first instead of celebrating such a massive victory, which took them into the finals of cricket carnival. This increased their stature as the sportspersons and a team as well.

If truth be told then it was one of the best mega battles between bat and ball that will be remembered for generations to come. When players finish a match on such a healthy note, there remains no leeway of rivalry. But when playing XIs meet each other in further tournaments, the question that matters is about winning the competition with great efforts. Paying no heed to that fact that both South Africa and New Zealand are capable of being at leading spot is not possible. Despite being under huge phase of transition and sometimes left with no alternatives but to try out new combinations due to players’ injury or poor form, the time spend in net practice by young experienced boys seems to give desired result in today’s show.

It is interesting to notice which team holds the fort and who are the players that shine, giving their skipper a view that they can change the game if given chance to perform. The clash between bat and ball during ODI series is anticipated to observe good crowd, compelling viewers to turn up in the stadium. 14-man South Africa ODI squad against New Zealand comprise big names like Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, who has the capability to hit shots in each delivery he faces, Kyle Abbott, Farhaan Behardien, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, David Miller, Aaron Phangiso, Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada, Rilee Rossouw, Dale Steyn, Morne van Wyk and David Wiese. Audience eye superb performance of the host as losing on the familiar turf is something that they can’t accept.

Both mental and physical fitness of the players will of higher importance. With just few hours left for the contest to begin, all eyes are struck on the toss, which gives the power to one of the captains to make a decision, which sometimes turns big when sincerely utilized. A robust start is what Proteas and the tourists eye. The strength to hit biggies and give timely breakthroughs will be capitalized as the objective is to win today’s match and take lead, sending other into do or die situation. It will be clear after sometime who wins and who loses in the competition, which is probable to let everyone stop for a while and enjoy watching it.