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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 - South Africa won the toss and chose to bat first

South Africa beat New Zealand by 198 runs

Host New Zealand eye a historic series win over South Africa

  • In the first Test, New Zealand registered a comprehensive win over South Africa
  • Henry Nicholls, Matt Henry and Tim Southee put in excellent performances for New Zealand in the first Test.
  • South Africa have yet to lose a Test series against New Zealand.

Therefore, the prediction is for New Zealand to win the second Test and secure the series

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

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New Zealand will face South Africa in the second Test of the two-match series at the Hagley Oval, Christchurch on Friday.

After registering a thumping win in the first Test, New Zealand will enter the contest with high confidence. The management will be extremely pleased with the performance in all departments in the series opener, that too without regular skipper Kane Williamson and star pacer Trent Boult. The coaching staff will be hoping for a similar kind of performance from the players in the second fixture as well.

After suffering a humiliating defeat in the first Test, South Africa will enter the contest with extremely low confidence. The management will be bitterly disappointed with the performance of the players in the series opener where at no point they were in the contest. The coaching staff will be hoping that the players will learn from such dismal performance and produce a better show.

The home team have a 1-0 lead after winning the first fixture by an innings and 276 runs.

 

New Zealand Preview

The home team are unlikely to make any significant changes in the starting XI which proved too good for the visitors.

Boult, who did not take part in the first Test, will not play the second match as well and it was confirmed by the team’s head coach.

In the batting department, the Kiwis will be relying on the likes of captain Tom Latham, Devon Conway, in-form Henry Nicholls, Daryl Mitchell and wicketkeeper-batter Tom Blundell to score the bulk of the runs and put the opposition under pressure.

On the bowling front, the onus will be on the likes pacers Tim Southee, left-armer Neil Wagner, Matt Henry and Kyle Jamieson to dismantle the visitors’ batting lineup.

New Zealand Predicted Playing XI:

Tom Latham (c), Will Young, Devon Conway, Henry Nicholls, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Blundell (wk), Colin de Grandhomme, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Matt Henry

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

It will be no surprise if the Proteas will make some notable changes to improve the team’s display in the second Test where pacer Lungi Ngidi and left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj might get a game in place of Glenton Stuurman and Sarel Erwee.

In the batting department, the visitors will be heavily relying on the likes of captain Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, veteran middle-order batter Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen and young Zubayr Hamza to score the bulk of the runs and give the bowlers something to bowl with.

In the bowling department, the onus will be on the likes of pacers Kagiso Rabada, Ngidi, Marco Jansen, Duanne Olivier along with the left-arm spin of Maharaj to restrict the home team to a manageable total by claiming timely breakthroughs.

South Africa Predicted Playing XI:

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

South Africa Actual Playing XI:

Rassie van der Dussen, Marco Jansen, Kyle Verreynne, Wiaan Mulder, Lutho Sipamla, Aiden Markram, Dean Elgar, Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj, Sarel Erwee, Temba Bavuma

HR
Temp
Rain
W. speed
W. direction
Clouds
00h
16
0 mm.
5.59 k/h
From: ENE
41%
03h
16
0 mm.
6.07 k/h
From: ENE
35%
06h
18
0 mm.
5.99 k/h
From: ENE
19%
09h
15
0 mm.
5.11 k/h
From: NE
8%
12h
13
0 mm.
5.04 k/h
From: NE
1%
15h
13
0 mm.
3.95 k/h
From: NE
18%
18h
13
0 mm.
1.76 k/h
From: NE
21%
21h
17
0 mm.
0.5 k/h
From: W
3%

Weather Conditions

With weather forecast expected to be fair for all days for the second Test, it will be interesting to see how much seam movement quick bowlers get from this surface.

Venue Details

The Hagley Oval in Christchurch will host the second and final game of the Test series between New Zealand and South Africa.

Toss: To Bowl

Both the sides will be looking to win the toss, bowl first and exploit the pitch conditions. The previous game was won by side batting second.

Not many would’ve predicted how New Zealand outclassed South Africa in the first Test where from the get-go, the Black Caps were a far superior team.

Ahead of the second fixture, on paper at least, Kiwis still look a more formidable side compared to the Proteas who are still in a process of finding their best playing XI.

Therefore, the prediction is for New Zealand to win the second Test and secure the series

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Author: Shoaib Z.