South Africa, New Zealand Gear Up for 2-match T20 International Series to Start Soon

August 11 01:01 2015

saNew Delhi, Tuesday, August 11 – Confidence of both South Africa, New Zealand is up as they are back from tour post registering victories on the opponents in the shortest format. Here is to mention that Proteas were on the tour of Bangladesh lately where they earned success at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka, against the host, beating them by 52 and 31 runs, respectively.

Though they were left in sheer shock after the rising star of cricket thrashed them in ODI series by 2-1, talent housed by South African cricketers can’t be calculated any less. But certainly, New Zealand hold a spot above them as far as they latest performance is kept in mind. They were on tour of Zimbabwe where they logged wins against the men in red shirts in both 50-50 and 20-20 over matches. The recent win of 80 runs is humongous in several regards. Now when they have landed in South African soil to contest in T20 as well as 3-match One-Day Internationals, motto would be to repeat what they in recent times did against Zimbabwe.

Kingsmead, Durban, will host the first match between the two teams who faced each other in 2015 World Cup semifinals. Not to forget that Kiwis logged a memorable win on Proteas and rain once again played role of a villain for South Africa. But the way tournament was ended by New Zealand at Eden Park, Auckland, on March 24, their stature in the world of cricket increased as the batsmen on the crease that time preferred consoling shattered South African cricketers first rather than celebrating triumph in crucial stage. It was one of the best mega face-offs that will be remembered for generations to come. When someone finishes a game on such a healthy note, there remains no possibility of rivalry. But yes, when playing XIs meet, the question that matter is about winning the competition.

Both South Africa and New Zealand are capable of being at leading spot. They aren’t under huge phase of transition but probability of trying out new combinations remains on the cards. As the first match is to be played on Friday, August 14, they are expected to spend time in net practice, which will help them hone their skills and work on the aspects that need improvement. Young boys need to hold the fort and give their skipper a view that they can change the game whenever chance is given to play.

Fight between bat and ball during ODI series is supposed to witness good crowd and compel viewers get glued to TV screens. 14-man South Africa ODI squad against New Zealand include big names like AB de Villiers, Kyle Abbott, Hashim Amla, 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. Viewers eye superb performance of the home side as losing on the familiar turf is something that one can’t accept. Physical and mental strength will be important for both two teams. Let us wait and watch who wins and who loses in ‘soon to start’ contest.