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NZ vs SA, 2nd Test | Playing 11 Prediction, Cricket Tips, Preview & Live Streaming

image-lsipr8o3Two captains of NZ & SA (X.com)

New Zealand will be aiming for a clean sweep while South Africa will be eying a last-minute fightback when both sides will come into collision in the series-deciding second Test match on February 13. With 12 WTC points on the line, the two teams will also be eying to make some rapid rise on the points table.

NZ vs SA 2024, 2nd Test: Team Previews

New Zealand

Hosts New Zealand ravaged a depleted South African side by 281 runs at the Bay Oval to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series last week. Rising star Rachin Ravindra tonked a career-best 240 while seasoned warhorse Kane Williamson whacked twin hundreds in the match. Matt Henry, Kyle Jamieson and Mitchell Santner led New Zealand’s charge with the ball across both South African innings to cap a remarkable all-round performance for the hosts.

Daryl Mitchell, who scored handy runs with the bat, has been ruled out of the Hamilton Test owing to long-standing foot injury. Captain Tim Southee, meanwhile, has hinted out the possibility of handing debut Test cap to William O’Rourke for the series-decider.

South Africa

South Africa fielded as many as six debutants in the series-opening first Test match at the Bay Oval earlier this month. Neil Brand, one of the debutants as well as the leader of the visiting side, failed to make any impact in both innings but did manage to claim eight timely wickets through his left-arm spin. Apart from David Bedingham’s 87 on Day 4, no other Proteas batter managed to register a single half-century in the match.

As of now, the South Africans are placed at number seven on the WTC points table. A win over WTC leaders will not only help the Proteas climb higher on the standings, but will also level their two-match Test rubber.

NZ vs SA 2024, 2nd Test: Match Details & Live Streaming

Date and TimeFebruary 13-17, 3:30 AM IST
VenueSeddon Park, Hamilton
Live Streaming and BroadcastAmazon Prime Video

NZ vs SA 2024, 2nd Test: Hamilton Pitch Report

The surface at Seddon Park has been providing much assistance to batters, especially in the last few years. It is imperative for seamers to make an early impact with the new-ball before batters can bide their time to settle in. The lively conditions at the venue, however, leave very little on offer for the spinners. The average first innings total here across all Tests has emerged in the range of early 310s. Chasing sides have unusually enjoyed much success here, considering the teams batting second have won 10 Test matches as opposed to nine by teams putting runs upfront.

NZ vs SA 2024, 2nd Test: Probable Playing 11

New Zealand: Tom Latham, Devon Conway, Kane Williamson, Rachin Ravindra, Tom Blundell (wk), Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee (c), William O’Rourke and Matt Henry.

South Africa: Neil Brand (c), Edward Moore, Raynard van Tonder, Zubayr Hamza, David Bedingham, Keegan Petersen, Ruan de Swardt, Clyde Fortuin (wk), Duanne Olivier, Tshepo Moreki and Dane Paterson.

NZ vs SA 2024, 2nd Test: Cricket Exchange Fantasy Tips 

WicketkeepersTom Blundell
BattersKane Williamson, David Bedingham, Glenn Phillips
All-RoundersNeil Brand, Mitchell Santner, Rachin Ravindra
BowlersKyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Matt Henry, Dane Paterson
CaptainRachin Ravindra
Vice-CaptainMatt Henry

NZ vs SA 2024, 2nd Test: Winner Prediction

New Zealand, owing to their recent form and superior track record at home, will start out as favourites to defeat an inexperienced South African unit.