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A win in Napier will see South Africa add the ODI trophy to their victory in the Twenty20s in New Zealand. Gary Kirsten, head coach, has made plain that South Africa’s goals are to win every series they play, whether at home or away, and a triumph on his first visit abroad with the team will serve as a strong indication of what the team can offer in future. So far, almost everything South Africa have tried has worked. They should not experiment too much in their quest to close out the series with a match to spare, but will likely continue to leave the No. 4 position flexible and use the part-time spinners to keep the opposition batsmen guessing. What has been most impressive about South Africa’s performances in New Zealand has been the apparent progress they have made in the mental side of the game. JP Duminy alluded to it after the first ODI when he spoke about how he, AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis negotiated the tough period after the loss of three early wickets. South Africa have embraced pressure on the tour so far and will want to do so again, as proof of their ability to deal with it.
Kane Williamson’s ODI hundreds have come against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe but his next highest score, 55, came against South Africa in the first match in Wellington. Often overshadowed by the openers, Brendon McCullum and Jesse Ryder, Williamson has not had too much opportunity to display his talent and will hope he gets a chance in this match. He has shown himself to be both classy and courageous with bat in hand and spoke of his admiration for AB de Villiers’ “clinical” innings in Wellington, one he would like to mirror.
Jacques Kallis has played in both previous ODI series South Africa have contested in New Zealand. He scored a century in his first ODI innings in the country, in 1999 in Dunedin. In Napier, however, he has scored 4 and 0 in his two innings. With South Africa’s current tour being headlined by the young guns, Kallis will want to show that the old hands still have it. He has been in sublime form in ODIs in the last six months with three half-centuries in his last five games. With his ambitions to play in the next World Cup, Kallis will want to get big scores in New Zealand, who are co-hosts for the 2015 tournament.
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New Zealand vs South Africa, 2nd One Day International
February 29, 2012, South Africa Tour of New Zealand 2011-12, McLean Park, Napier (D/N)
Umpires: A Dar (PAK) and G Baxter (NZ) Third Umpire: R Illingworth (ENG)
Match Referee: R Mahanama (SL)
Match Result: South Africa won by 6 wickets | Man of the Match: Morne Morkel
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