T20 World Cup 2022: NZ vs SA Match Prediction – Who will win today’s T20 WC Warm-Up match between New Zealand vs South Africa?
New Zealand and South Africa clash in their first warm-up game of the T20 World Cup on the 17th of October in Brisbane.
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The 10th Warm-up fixture of the 2022 T20 World Cup will see last year's runners-up New Zealand square off against dark horses South Africa at the Allan Border Field in Brisbane on Monday, October 17. The Kiwis led by Kane Williamson head into the fixture after a narrow defeat against Pakistan in the final of the recently concluded tri-series.
Meanwhile, South Africa are coming off a damaging ODI series defeat against a second-string Indian side in an underwhelming tour of the subcontinent nation. Temba Bavuma's side are struggling for consistency in the shortest format of the game, with the skipper struggling for runs himself.
New Zealand will fine tune their playing eleven before taking on India in their final warm-up match of the ICC event in hopes of going all the way this time around.
Venue: Allan Border Field, Brisbane
Date and Time: October 17, 9:30 AM IST
Telecast & Live Streaming: Star Sports Network
Named after Australia's former World Cup-winning skipper, The surface at the Allan Border Stadium offers bounce and carry for the new ball bowlers. But the batters, if given time at the start of the innings, can score pretty swiftly at this venue. With rain expected around the corner, the team winning the toss would likely opt to bat first in the match.
New Zealand vs South Africa Squads
Kane Williamson (c), Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Mitchell Santner, Glenn Phillips, Jimmy Neesham, Daryl Mitchell, Adam Milne, Martin Guptill, Lockie Ferguson, Devon Conway, Mark Chapman, Michael Bracewell, Trent Boult, Finn Allen
Temba Bavuma (c), Quinton de Kock, Heinrich Klaasen, Reeza Hendricks, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Wayne Parnell, Kagiso Rabada, Rillee Rossouw, Tabraiz Shamsi, Tristan Stubbs, Marco Jansen. Standby Players: Bjorn Fortuin, Andile Phehlukwayo, Lizaad Williams.
Probable Top Performers
Probable best batter
South Africa's experienced campaigner has been in tremendous form in the shortest format of the game for the last couple of years. The southpaw registered a glittering century against India in the three-match T20I series to highlight his importance in the Protean side.
Probable best bowler
The veteran Kiwi is showing no signs of slowing as he has scalped 17 wickets in his last 10 outings for New Zealand in white-ball cricket. Southee is now the joint leading wicket-taker in T20Is, along with Shakib Al Hasan, with 122 dismissals each, to their name. His phenomenal exploits with the new ball will be key for the Blackcaps in Australian conditions.
Today’s Match Prediction: South Africa win the match.
Disclaimer: This prediction is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While making your prediction, consider the points mentioned, and make your own decision.