Napier: New Zealand face a tough task against a high-on-confidence South Africa in the second ODI here on Wednesday.
The South Africans won the first one-dayer by six wickets at Wellington on Saturday and another win here will give them an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
In the last match, the Kiwis were on the money for the most part of the match; first scoring 253 for nine and then reducing the South Africans to 35 for three, but AB de Villiers (106 not out) played a captain's knock to fashion the win for his team along with all-rounder Faf du Plessis, who made 66 not out.
Another win will give the South Africans an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
The bowling has been an issue for the Black Caps, and Tim Southee and Doug Bracewell will have to do well if the hosts are to pose any threat.
The South Africans, on the other hand, have been nearly perfect in all departments. Though batting is a slight issue for them as their top-order that comprises Hashim Amla, Graeme Smith and Jacques Kallis did not look convincing in the first match. But they all are top-players and can't be quieted down for long.
Looking at the strength of both sides, it has to be admitted that the Kiwis will have to play out of their skin to beat the visitors at McLean Park that has a pitch favouring batsmen.
South Africa: Hashim Amla, Graeme Smith, Jacques Kallis, JP Duminy, AB de Villers (captain and wicketkeeper), Albie Morkel, Robin Peterson, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Lonwabo Tsotsobe
New Zealand: Rob Nicol, Martin Guptill, Brendon McCullum (captain and wicketkeeper), Kane Williamson, Jesse Ryder, James Franklin, Andrew Ellis, Nathan McCullum, Doug Bracewell, Kyle Mills, Tim Southee