South Africa v New Zealand, 2nd ODI, Kimberley January 21, 2013

New Zealand eye another upset


Match facts

January 22, 2013
Start time 2.30pm (1230 GMT)

Big Picture

"Beware of the kiwi" may not sound like the most threatening of warning signs but New Zealand once again showed that their bite is often a lot worse than their bark in winning the first match of the ODI series by one wicket in Paarl. Even during a largely dismal run over the last year or so, New Zealand have managed Test upsets in Hobart and Colombo, while an eight-wicket T20 win in East London before Christmas came just a couple of days after a defeat of the same magnitude. Though they won the decider and then cruised in the Tests, South Africa should have taken note.

Victory in the opening ODI gave New Zealand only their third such win in South Africa but it has left them eyeing an unexpected - and unprecedented - series success in the country. For South Africa, a failure to take three tail-end wickets with more than 100 runs still required invited a reprise of questions about their temperament that will perhaps be of more concern than the defeat itself.

With a light Test schedule in 2013, South Africa will have plenty of time to focus on their perceived shortcomings in limited-overs cricket. But the planning process for the Champions Trophy in June, as well as the 2015 World Cup, has already been disrupted by the suspension of captain, AB de Villiers, for the rest of the series. With Jacques Kallis and JP Duminy missing from the squad, de Villiers' ban will also put further pressure on a batting order that was tested by Mitchell McClenaghan's left-arm seam and swing.

Faf du Plessis, who led with the bat in Paarl, will now take over the captaincy, rather than the vice-captain Hashim Amla, and will hope he can rally the team to victory as he did in the T20s. The No. 1 ODI ranking is out of South Africa's reach, for the time being, but there are places to play for and pride to be restored. Having been viewed as a punch bag walking into the one-dayers, however, New Zealand will fancy landing a few more shots of their own.

Form guide

(most recent first, completed matches only)
South Africa: LWLLW
New Zealand: WLLLL

In the spotlight

A star of last year's Under-19 World Cup, Quinton de Kock has been quickly elevated to the position of South Africa's limited-overs gloveman in order to reduce the demands on de Villiers. While there has not yet been much opportunity to judge his batting, there was criticism of his failure to react quickly enough to a crucial chance as New Zealand closed in on victory on Saturday and, with a disciplinary hearing due this week and the the possibility of suspension for the final ODI, de Kock will want to assert his credentials.

There is often confusion about James Franklin's role in the New Zealand set-up, having progressed from a new-ball bowler and tailender to middle-order bits-and-pieces man. The merits of such a strategy can be debated elsewhere but Franklin's experience showed through in his management of the New Zealand chase from such a dire position, particularly as he attacked to winning effect at the end. In these times of flux for New Zealand cricket, a steady, responsible presence with bat and ball might be just what they need.

Team news

With the suspension of de Villiers will come a change to the batting order. David Miller has been called up to the squad but may have to take his place in the queue behind Farhaan Behardien. Morne Morkel, South Africa's leading ODI bowler in 2012, could also return to the side.

South Africa: (probable) 1 Graeme Smith, 2 Hashim Amla, 3 Colin Ingram, 4 Faf du Plessis (capt), 5 Farhaan Behardien/David Miller, 6 Quinton de Kock (wk), 7 Ryan McLaren 8 Robin Peterson, 9 Rory Kleinveldt, 10 Morne Morkel, 11 Lonwabo Tsotsobe

Jimmy Neesham and Grant Elliot bowled just five overs and made one run between them in Paarl, so Colin Munro might be considered for an ODI debut. Alternatively, New Zealand could trust their lower-order to acquit themselves again and bring either Neil Wagner or Trent Boult into the attack.

New Zealand: (probable) 1 Rob Nicol, 2 Martin Guptill, 3 BJ Watling, 4 Kane Williamson, 5 Brendon McCullum (capt/wk), 6 James Franklin, 7 Colin Munro, 8 Jimmy Neesham, 9 Nathan McCullum, 10 Kyle Mills, 11 Mitchell McClenaghan

Pitch and conditions

The Kimberley pitch has a reputation for being flat and, with the temperature expected to stay in the 30Cs on Tuesday, batsmen are the more likely to prosper. South Africa failed to defend 299 against Sri Lanka on the ground almost exactly a year ago and, although Kimberley has been used infrequently, only twice has the chasing side failed to reach their target - Namibia and Kenya losing heavily to Full Members during the 2003 World Cup.

Stats and Trivia

  • New Zealand have played twice before at Kimberley, losing to South Africa in 2000 and beating Bangladesh in the 2003 World Cup.
  • Graeme Smith needs 94 runs to overtake Gary Kirsten and move third on South Africa's leading ODI scorers list.
  • Mitchell McClenaghan's 4 for 20 were the best figures for a New Zealand bowler on debut and the 11th best overall.
  • If South Africa lose all three ODIs, they could slip as low as joint-fifth in the rankings.


"It's a nice pressure that we have, to win both games. Maybe we were a little bit relaxed in that first game, now we know we have to play very close to our full potential to beat them. It's a nice little challenge for us."
Faf du Plessis says losing the first ODI was a reality check for South Africa

"It was pleasing to get the win when not playing up to our full potential. Hopefully this is a turning of the corner for us."
Nathan McCullum knows there is room for improvement from New Zealand

Alan Gardner is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • David on January 21, 2013, 22:53 GMT

    Neesham has done little to deserve a call up. Nathan McCullum is a massively under-rated batsman in the one day game he should be at 6 or 7 as can play highly agressively or a longer innings. Doing this would balance the side better. Also, Brendan should open with Guptill allowed to get in or play as he sees it. Boult is a wicket taker and NZ should happily take 5 runs an over for the potential he has to take top order wickets. Munro makes the team only as a 5th bowler to get through 5-10 overs and bat lower order. Williamson needs to be utilised for more overs with the boundary riders out. EIther Watling or BMc to wk, doesn't matter. Elliot has had enough chances. Squad for England needs more specialist batsman or bating allrounders (Styris unretire please!)

    My team based on the current squad, which is batsman light, would be:

    1: Brendan McCullum 2: Guptill 3: Watling 4: Williamson 5: Franklin 6: Nathan McCullum 7: Munro 8: Hira 9: Mills 10: Boult 11: McClenaghan

  • Peter on January 21, 2013, 21:52 GMT

    agree with zombie zom.. why on earth is McCullum opening in tests and not in the shorter formats when the field is up early on. Talk about removing strengths from a team. Boult should play ahead of Munro. Franklin moves up one spot, McCullum opens and Guptill doesnt get run out first ball. 4 improvements right there.

  • Tim on January 21, 2013, 20:39 GMT

    I think C.A-SA1987 and a few others have nailed it when they say the proteas look to have focussed on their Test team at as a consequence the ODI side has suffered. Naturally I have no problem with that and will take it Mace and all anyday! It just hurts to see us loose. Particularly getting pipped at the post in Paarl.

  • Aariz on January 21, 2013, 19:04 GMT

    I believe that maybe after NZ have won the first match (yippie) he series is now in the balance. But Being a kiwi supporter I'll be wanting another "upset" I think that NZ needs to tinker with it's batting order. Kane doesn't look all to comfortable with the new ball hence he should drop down to number 5. Drop elliot he doesn't seem to be good enough at the domestic circuit of NW ZEALAND (having an avg of 29) bring in colin munro. Stick with mills the bowling is already too in-experienced and we can't aford to drop him as well he also provides variety in an attack dominated by left handers. Trent boult/ Neil Wagner should come in for Jimmy neesham

  • Corey on January 21, 2013, 18:55 GMT

    I would like to know what Neesham has done to deserve a spot, hes hardly bowled in the T20s or in the first ODI and by the looks he doesnt score much runs. And McCullum down the order is a no no, he wants to bat there to strenghten the middle so hes expecting wickets to fall and come in at 3/40 why not open and get us off to a good start, team should be 1.McCullum 2.Guptill 3.Watling 4.Williamson 5.Elliot 6.Franklin 7.Munro 8.McCullum 9.Mills 10.Boult 11. McClenaghan

  • Mohammed on January 21, 2013, 17:15 GMT

    Sorry to dissapoint - Upset doest occur every single day!!

  • Birsha on January 21, 2013, 16:30 GMT

    McCullum opening in tests and batting in the middle order in limited overs is exactly the opposite of what he should be doing.

  • Greg on January 21, 2013, 15:25 GMT

    The possibility of NZ beating SA in ODI's is much higher that what the headlines and post mortems of the first game would have us believe. People saying things like "for NZ to beat the #1 side in the world is amazing" - but they are not the #1 ODI side in the world ... not by a long way! We could slip to 5th after this series. That's hardly world beaters. The shorter formats naturally allow for upsets. NZ have always been dark horses in this format. I am not putting SA down and I do think that they have the potential and players to be world beaters, i am just pointing out that right now they are average, just a better average than NZ, but not an unbeatable one.

  • Prbath on January 21, 2013, 14:14 GMT

    What is This Head Line? "New Zealand eye another upset" are you kidding Mr? SA ODI team is overrated, they are not good as you think, they only have 2 World class ODI players (Amla and AB), others are just ordinary,

  • Prinesh on January 21, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    @Posted by Kirstenfan on (January 21 2013, 12:51 PM GMT):

    I have a very similar feeling. AB appears to wear his heart on his sleeve, and his emotions on his face. Nothing wrong with at all, but it certainly makes me appreciate the steeliness of Graeme Smith so much more.

    I definitely think Faf could be a better captain than AB. I have no evidence to support this, other than a hunch i suppose.

    Ja, it just appears as though AB could learn one or two things from Faf about composure and keeping calm. Then again, this is what I see from my lounge chair, so I could be completely wrong.

    Also agree that our ODI strategy appears to have been placed on the back burner in an attempt to solidify our place at the top of the test rankings.

    Catch 22 i suppose.

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