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New Zealand vs South Africa, NZ vs RSA, Today Match Prediction

Hagley Oval, Christchurch, New Zealand

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Toss Winner - New Zealand won the toss and chose to bowl first

New Zealand beat South Africa by 276 runs

Peterson-less South Africa face stern Test against in-form New Zealand

  • Devon Conway and Kyle Jamieson have been consistent performer for New Zealand in the five-day format.
  • Temba Bavuma, Kagiso Rabada and Duanne Olivier have done well for South Africa in recent times.
  • in the recent times, South Africa managed to beat India in the three-match series played at home

Expect New Zealand to register a comfortable win over South Africa.

Tournament: South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2022 | Format: TEST | Venue: Hagley Oval, Christchurch, New Zealand | Toss: To Bat

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Host New Zealand will certainly have to raise their game when they will face South Africa in the two-match Test series, starting from February 17 in Christchurch

Host New Zealand have included uncapped Cam Fletcher and pacer Blair Tickner for the two-match Test series. Captain Tom Latham will be hoping that the side can continue their winning streak at home.

The Proteas’s cricket have suffered a setback as batsman Keagan Petersen have been ruled out of the opening Test against New Zealand. Opener Dean Elgar will lead the side for the two-match Test series

New Zealand Preview

The home side will be looking to field the best XI for their opening game against South Africa.

In the batting department, the home side will be relying on the likes of Devon Conway, Henry Nicholls, Will Young and Tom Latham to deliver the bulk of the runs.

Since February 2021, opener Devon Conway has shown excellent form for New Zealand and topped the batting charts in Test cricket. Left-hander has accumulated 623 runs in fve Test matches at an average of 69.22, with three centuries and two half-centuries to his name.Henry Nicholls, Tom Blundell and Daryl Mitchell will make the middle-order for New Zealand.

In the bowling department, the side will be relying on four-pronged pace attack of Matt Henry, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner and Kylie Jamieson to make crucial breakthroughs.

Since February 2021, Tim Southee has topped the bowling charts for New Zealand in Test cricket. He has claimed 27 wickets in six Test matches at an average of 23.22 with two five-wicket hauls to his name.

Besides Southee, Jamieson  has 24 wickets, whereas Neil Wagner has picked up 16 wickets during this period.

New Zealand Predicted Playing XI:

Tom Latham (captain), Will Young, Tom Latham, Tom Blundell(wk), Cam Fletcher,Henry Nicholls, Daryl Mitchell, Kylie Jamieson, Tim Southee, Matt Henry, Trent Boult and Neil Wagner

New Zealand Actual Playing XI:

Tom Latham, Devon Conway, Daryl Mitchell, Neil Wagner, Henry Nicholls, Matt Henry, Colin de Grandhomme, Will Young, Tom Blundell, TG Southee, Kyle Jamieson

South Africa Preview

On the other hand, the visitors will be looking to adjust to the conditions and deliver a decent show with bat and ball

Without Keagan Petersen, the side might bring in Zubayr Hamza as a replacement batsman, while Cam Fletcher might make his debut for Proteas in this opening Test.

Therefore, the team management will be hoping that the side can put in a decent show after losing in-form batsman Keagan Petersen

In the batting department, the onus will be on the likes of captain Dean Elgar, Rassie van der Dussen and Temba Bavuma to produce notable scores in this contest.

Opener Temba Bavuma has certainly been a consistent performer for the side at the top of the innings. Since February 2021, Bavuma has accumulated 322 runs in five Test matches at an average of 40.25 with three half centuries to his name.

Kyle Verreynne, Zubayr Hamza and Wiann Mulder will make up the middle-order for South Africa for this opening contest.

In the bowling department, the side will be depending on the pace trio of Mohammad Abbas, Naseem Shah and Shaheen Shah Afridi to deliver crucial breakthroughs. Leg-spinner Yasir Shah will be lone slow option for Pakistan for this fixture.

South Africa Predicted Playing XI:

Temba Bavuma (captain), Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, Zubayr Hamza, Sarel Erwee, Kyle Verreynne, Wiann Mulder, Marco Jansen, Kagiso Rabada, Duanne Olivier, Lungi Ngidi

South Africa Actual Playing XI:

Zubayr Hamza, Rassie van der Dussen, Marco Jansen, Kyle Verreynne, Glenton Stuurman, Aiden Markram, Dean Elgar, Kagiso Rabada, Sarel Erwee, Duanne Olivier, Temba Bavuma

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Temp
Rain
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W. direction
Clouds
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6.44 k/h
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7%
03h
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7.34 k/h
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2%
06h
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6.5 k/h
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3%
09h
17
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5.52 k/h
From: ENE
59%
12h
15
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3.92 k/h
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51%
15h
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1.79 k/h
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8%
18h
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1.19 k/h
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8%
21h
18
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1.92 k/h
From: NW
1%

Weather Conditions

Traditionally, the pitch at Hagley Oval is expected to provide an interesting contest between bat and ball. The weather forecast for Thursday is expected to be bright and sunny.

Venue Details

The Hagley Oval, Christchurch will host the opening Test between New Zealand and South Africa

Host New Zealand will take heart from the fact that they have won their previous Test three matches played at this venue.

Toss: To Bat

The side that wins the toss, would be keen to bat first and post a score in excess of 300 runs.

Based on performances in red-ball cricket, New Zealand will start as clear favorites to win this opening game against South Africa.

With the likes of Tom Latham, Devon Conway, Kyle Jamieson, Henry Nicholls delivering consistently good performances for New Zealand in the past 12 months, New Zealand will be keen to continue their winning ways in home conditions.

The big issue for Proteas will be their batting and how well they can adjust to the conditions.

Expect New Zealand to register a comfortable win over South Africa.

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Author: Shoaib Z.