|New Zealand v South Africa 2014|
| New Zealand
||vs|| South Africa
ScheduleFriday, 24 October 2014 at 21:30 GMT / 22:30 UK / 03:00 IST
VenueBay Oval, Mount Maunganui
A more balanced side almost in each and every department of the game, South Africa, won the opening One Day International against New Zealand quite comfortably. The visiting bowlers ripped through the entire batting line up of the hosts who managed 230 after 45.1 overs and their batsmen chased the target by plundering 4-236 with 11 deliveries to spare. The composed Proteas will enter the second match with great determination while the Black Caps would fight hard to come back in the three game series.
The top, middle and lower order batting of the Kiwis collapsed against the lethal bowling of the tourists except Luke Ronchi who demonstrated a courageous knock off 99. Mrtin Guptill, James Neesham, Brendon McCullum and Tom Latham must give a positive batting response in the coming match. Trent Boult, Kyle Mills, Corey Anderson and Daniel Vettori are capable of stopping the flow of runs. The left arm medium fast bowler, Mitchell McClenaghan, can be inducted in the next match to strengthen the home bowling.
The skipper of South Africa, AB de Villiers and Jean-Paul Duminy associated an unbroken 139 runs partnership while the duo remained unbeaten on 89 and 58. Hashim Amla scored 38 whereas Quinton de Kock and Faf du Plessis can get back their form anytime. The strong bowling unit of Vernon Philander, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir and Ryan McLaren shared two wickets each.
Friday, October 24, 2014 @ 21:30 GMT, 10:30 local at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui.
The match might be disturbed by rain and overs can be cut off with the temperatures around 12-18ᵒC.
The winner will opt to field first.
The surface proved dangerous for the home batsmen but a little more concentration can give them sizeable score.
New Zealand – Brendon McCullum (C), Martin Guptill, James Neesham, Dean brownlie, Tom Latham, Corey Anderson, Luke Ronchi, Daniel Vettori, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Trent Boult, Mitchell McClenaghan, .
South Africa – AB de Villiers (C), Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, Rilee Rossouw, Jean-Paul Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Ryan McLaren, Morne Morkel, Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir.
South Africa is in a position to grab the encounter and the series.