Their first game rain-interrupted but now the good news is all five days at supersport park centurion are sunny and good for cricket. South Africa’s position in the first match was too good because Dale Willem Steyn took two early wickets of New Zealand’s cricket team batsmen first MJ Guptill and second TWM Latham at 15 runs.
South Africa 263 runs target was looking an easy task but Dale Willem Steyn changed the atmosphere of ground. Now with good bowling performance, SA got a lot of confidence and their batsmen will perform more good than previous matches.
New Zealand won the toss and elected to field
Watch Online New Zealand tour of South Africa 2016 2nd Test Day 1 Full HD Highlights Today at Centurion Between NZ v SA, August 27th, 2016.
South Africa team: SC Cook, Q de Kock†, HM Amla, F du Plessis*, JP Duminy, T Bavuma, S van Zyl, VD Philander, K Rabada, DW Steyn, DL Piedt.
New Zealand team: MJ Guptill, TWM Latham, KS Williamson*, LRPL Taylor, HM Nicholls, BJ Watling†, MJ Santner, DAJ Bracewell, TG Southee, N Wagner, TA Boult.
Match Timings: 10:00 local time (08:00 GMT)
If you are nervous about the chances of play after what happened in Durban, you can exhale. Although SuperSport Park’s outfield, like Kingsmead’s, was relaid, the work in Centurion took place in April, more than two months before it did in Durban. In the days leading up to the match, the outfield appeared lush, with its new winter grass coating promising to help the ball to the boundary.
All the focus on the outfield has taken eyes off the pitch, which is likely to be less lively than a traditional Centurion strip, although du Plessis said he spotted some moisture. Beautiful days are forecast for all five days, with temperatures in the high 20s and cloudless skies.
New Zealand, on the other hand, is likely to go in with the same team from the Durban Test. South Africa is considering some changes based on conditions, which du Plessis summed up as soft and moist.
They are toying with the idea of playing an extra seamer or an allrounder, which could bring Wayne Parnell into the team, ahead of either Dane Piedt or JP Duminy. Should Duminy miss out, it would leave South Africa a batsman short; there may not be enough room for Stiaan van Zyl – the only reserve batsman in the squad.
Test no. 2220 | 2016 season
Played at SuperSport Park, Centurion
27,28,29,30,31 August 2016 (5-day match)
Umpires – IJ Gould and PR Reiffel
TV umpire – RK Illingworth
Match referee – AJ Pycroft
Reserve umpire – BP Jele