Pitch and weather: Pune is unusually hot and dry for this time of the year, but the surfaces have been good for batting, with even bounce and excellent carry. In the two games so far, dew hasn’t had too big an effect, but it should be humid. The toss might not be too big a factor if the dew stays away.
South Africa vs New Zealand Highlights 2023, ICC CWC 2023 32nd Match, Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune, Wednesday 1-11-2023.
Latham says it looks a reasonably good surface and expects there to be dew which can work in their favour. One change: Southee in for Ferguson. Says they’ve been on the wrong side of the results but they’ve done a lot of things right. With a quick turnaround, they’re trying to focus on the positives. Confidence still high in the group. SA isn’t a team we play often but we played a warm-up. They’ve been playing fantastic cricket. Should be a great game today.
Bavuma says they were looking to bat, that’s what suits them. Wicket looks to be on the drier side, will skid on in the evening. Hope to put a big score and put NZ under pressure. One change: Rabada comes in for Shamsi. Running with the momentum is key. Will take a lot of confidence from the last game in terms of finding a way to get over the line.
Wasn’t a clinical display, but from a character POV, they found it within themselves to find the right result. Hopes for more of the same. (On not playing against NZ in a long while) You rely on experience. Guys like QDK, David shared their experience having played them in the past. He’s never played against NZ which is new. They’ve seen NZ play and have a good sense. They’ll have to make sure they show up in all aspects of the game.
Toss: New Zealand chose to field.
South Africa team: Quinton †, Bavuma (c), Rassie, Markram, Klaasen, Miller, Jansen, Coetzee, Maharaj, Rabada, Ngidi.
New Zealand team: Conway, Young, Rachin, Mitchell, Latham (c)†, Phillips, Neesham, Santner, Henry, Southee, Boult.
Head to Head In ODI’s: 71
South Africa Won: 41
New Zealand Won: 25
South Africa ODI Rankings: 4th
New Zealand ODI Rankings: 5th
(last five completed ODI’s, most recent first)
South Africa WWWLW
New Zealand LLWWW
Match Timings: 8:30 AM GMT | 2:00 AM Local
Umpires – Ahsan Raza, Kumar Dharmasena
TV Umpire – Sharfuddoula
Match Referee – Richie Richardson
Reserve Umpire – Paul Wilson
Match number – ODI no. 4689
Post Match Presentation
Not our best performance. We were put under massive pressure by QDK and Rassie. To be five down early was disappointing with the way it panned out. I don’t think I’d bat first had there been another chance. It was a decent surface. If we’d restricted them to 330-340 it’d have been better. We weren’t able to capitalise with bat either. Injuries are adversities, gotta see how they shape up. Small turnaround, so we gotta reflect now and move on to Bangalore.
Clinical display with bat. Handled the challenge with the ball nipping around. We applied pressure with the ball. We tried to pounce on bad balls, Quinny started slowly, hung in there and cashed in at the end. More than the score, we were trying to stay in till 30 and go big later on. We were always looking to dominate with the new ball and middle overs. Knew they’d come hard at us and we’d get opportunities. Gotta hear the permutations about making the semi. After tomorrow, it’s back to business, gotta prepare for the next game.
Rassie van der Dussen, POTM:
They bowled well upfront. Run rate was hovering at 4 an over. We had to work hard Quinny played brilliantly and guided me. We batted together nicely, and we went big as the ball went softer. Wicket was one where if bowlers hit a length, there was something in it for them. Test match lengths were tough to manufacture shots to, we communicated that to the bowlers and, with bat, tried to push through. Quinny was reminding me to keep my shape, respect good balls. It’s tough to hit through the line right away. Miller and Co made it look easy. We were thinking about 300-320 as a score but sky is the limit with our middle order. Very pleased to win by a big marging, was an out-and-out team performance which was great.