South Africa take on New Zealand in the only T20I at Eden Park on Friday. Both the teams would like to start off the tour on a winning note. New Zealand are coming into this match on the back of series victories over Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Australia. Now, they face another quality and perhaps their toughest competition in the form of South Africa.
This is Kane Williamson's toughest test on home ground as he will be tested by a South African side which just thrashed Sri Lanka 5-0 in the ODI series. Both the teams haven't won silverware in the recent past and South Africa won't have good memories when they walk into the Eden Park having lost a closely contested semi-final against New Zealand in the 2015 Cricket World Cup.
South Africa Team News
South Africa lost a T20 series against Sri Lanka recently but it should not be seen as a guide to their form given that the majority of their top players were rested for the series. South Africa have gone with a full-strength side which is power packed with the likes of Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis and Hashim Amla. Dane Peterson will be given another chance to showcase his talent.
New Zealand Team News
Kane Williamson's men are the black horses of modern day cricket and they've been on a roll for quite a while now. Of the last 10 T20Is played by New Zealand, they've suffered defeat only once – against England in the 2016 T20 World Cup. New Zealand's squad looks to have the arsenal to crush South Africa but the young side must play cautiously if they have any intentions of winning against the Proteas.
New Zealand vs South Africa Key Players
Colin Munro, who saw his name omitted for the ODI series against Australia will be raring to prove himself. The southpaw scored a magnificent century against Bangladesh which powered New Zealand to a big victory. Though he didn't prosper in the Big Bash League, South Africa will be wary of his big-hitting prowess.
Quinton de Kock, who is in the form of his life at the moment, will test the New Zealand bowlers' skills. Another southpaw, the young wicket-keeper batsman is slowly making a name for himselfin the big stage and his versatility will take him places.
New Zealand vs South Africa Schedule, Venue, and Timing
Time : 19:00 hours Local (11.30 am IST)
Venue : Eden Park, Auckland.
New Zealand Probable XI
Kane Williamson (capt), Glenn Phillips, Colin Munro, Tom Bruce, Corey Anderson, Colin de Grandhomme, Luke Ronchi (wk), Mitchell Santner, Ben Wheeler, Tim Southee, Trent Boult
South Africa Probable XI
Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (wk), AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis (capt), JP Duminy, Farhaan Behardien, Chris Morris, Wayne Parnell, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir