New Zealand Vs South Africa Third ODI at Wellington
Question in detailSnapping out of desperate losses to South Africa last week, New Zealand put up a rather daredevil show to level the score 1-1 in the second ODI at Christchurch. Now Ahead of New Zealand Vs South Africa third ODI at Westpac, the hosts look a bit more confident hallooing to take a 2-1 lead in the series. This home summer has seen New Zealand in an outstanding form. They beat Pakistan 2-0 in the Test series, blanked Bangladesh in all the formats and defeated their arch rivals Australia 3-0 in ODI series. But, South Africa on the ongoing tour has made Kiwis toil hard for win. They kept the home side aloof from win in the one-off T20 and the first ODI. Finally, the hosts regained the lost home form in the second ODI against South Africa. The series is level 1-1 now with three matches remaining, and the hosts will eye to become winner of NZ Vs SA 3rd ODI.
For the first time in the series, the touring side came unstuck eventually conceding a 6-run defeat. Both the hosts and the visitors will move on to Wellington for the third ODI of the five-match series. As score is now locked up at 1-1, the series has reached on an interesting twirl now. One who becomes the winner of NZ Vs SA 3rd ODI will take a 2-1 hike in the series.
In the last ODI played at Hagley Ovals, New Zealand outplayed the visitors South Africa eventually ending their 12-match winning streak. Backed by Ross Taylor's derring-do (110-ball 102), Kiwis managed to get a sizeable total of 289/4. Williamson and Neesham too came good with an impressive half-century each. Williamson played a steady 69-run knock, while Neesham had his stormy 71-run contribution to Kiwis' only win in the series.
Having staked enough total, Kiwis picked some early wickets but it was when they dislodged Miller and de Villiars in quick succession, the momentum started shifting to their side. The game was yet not over; Phehlukwayo's late counterattack kept the hopes alive for the visitors. Boult, in the end, made all his efforts to steal the deal from the visitors. It was the comeback New Zealand needed to move positively in the series, and yes they got it in the last encounter! The last win must have boosted the hosts' confident, not just for New Zealand Vs South Africa third ODI but for all the three games.
Who will win New Zealand Vs South Africa third ODI in Wellington?