In the Monday double-header of World Twenty20, South Africa take on New Zealand in an almost must-win match. South Africa lost their opening game against Sri Lanka by a narrow five runs while New Zealand were lucky to slip in a win against England through D/L method.
The absence of their regular skipper Faf du Plessis is hurting South Africa and ahead of the match he has to undergo a fitness test. A fit Dale Steyn augurs positive vibes in the Proteas' camp, but the fast bowler went for runs in the last match against Sri Lanka.
Moreover, AB de Villiers and T20 specialist David Miller failed to impress and South Africa would like both of them to bounce back. In order to deepen their batting, South Africa might be prompted to bring in allrounder Wayne Parnell in place of Lonwabo Tsotsobe.
A fit Dale Steyn augurs positive vibes in the Proteas' camp, but the fast bowler went for runs in the last match against Sri Lanka. (Getty Images)
On the other hand, New Zealand didn't get a chance to test the batting in their last rain-marred game. However, the Kiwi bowling lacked teeth as they allowed England to put up 172 in 20 overs. Apart from Mitchell McClenaghan no other bowler looked in rhythm, but Brendon McCullum and Kane Williamson looked in good touch with the bat before rain interrupted to stop play at 5.2 overs.
South Africa have an edge over New Zealand as they have won eight matches in total of 11 matches played between both the teams.
New Zealand: 1 Martin Guptill, 2 Kane Williamson, 3 Brendon McCullum, 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Colin Munro, 6 Corey Anderson, 7 Luki Ronchi, 8 Nathan McCullum, 9 Tim Southee, 10 Kyle Mills, 11 Mitchell McClenaghan
South Africa: 1 Quinton de Kock, 2 Hashim Amla, 3 JP Duminy, 4 AB de Villiers, 5 David Miller, 6 Albie Morkel, 7 Farhaan Behardien/Faf du Plessis, 8 Dale Steyn, 9 Morne Morkel, 10 Imran Tahir, 11 Lonwabo Tsotsobe/Wayne Parnell