South Africa vs New Zealand: The first T20I of the five-match series between South Africa and New Zealand will take place at Buffalo Park in East London on Friday, October 6. Both the teams recently played a three-match ODI series that concluded on October 1, with South Africa emerging victorious 2-1 as well. However, New Zealand won the third ODI by six wickets as well.
Notably, the match was reduced to 45 overs due to rain, and New Zealand opted to bowl after having won the toss. South Africa had an early struggle, managing just 31 runs in the first powerplay and losing four wickets by the 18th over as well. Then, Marizanne Kapp and Chloe Tryon’s partnership of 58 runs for the fifth wicket helped them steady the ship, pushing their total to 209 runs. Kapp scored 72 off 73 deliveries. New Zealand’s Lea Tahuhu and Sophie Devine took three wickets each, while Amelia Kerr, Fran Jonas, and Hannah Rowe claimed one wicket apiece as well.
On the other hand, New Zealand had a similar start and lost their first wicket inside the first power play. However, Amelia Kerr and Sophie Devine steadied the ship, adding 64 runs for the second wicket. Although New Zealand lost two quick wickets in between, Kerr’s unbeaten century and an 83-run partnership for the fifth wicket with Brooke Halliday helped them reach the target in 43.2 overs as well.
South Africa vs New Zealand, 1st T20I: Match Details, Live Streaming, When and Where to Watch
Date & Time: October 6, 2023, Thursday; 9:30 pm IST
Venue: Buffalo Park, East London
Live Streaming: Fancode
South Africa vs New Zealand, 1st T20I: Pitch Report, Weather Forecast
Buffalo Park in East London has helped the batters and chasing is not a good option here as well. The team winning the toss might choose to bat and put up a decent total on the board. Spinners might play an important role in this game.
Meanwhile, cloudy skies throughout the game can be expected with a possibility of rain during the game. The temperature will be around the 19-degree Celsius mark as well.
South Africa vs New Zealand, 1st T20I: Probable Playing XI
South Africa: Laura Woolvardt (C), Tazmin Brits, Lara Goodall, Sune Luus, Marizanne Kapp, Nadine de Klerk, Chloe Lesleigh Tryon, Sinaldo Jafta (WK), Ayabonga Khaka, Masabata Klaas, Nonkululeko Mlaba
New Zealand: Suzie Bates, Amelia Kerr, Sophie Devine (C), Maddy Green, Georgia Plimmer, Brooke Halliday, Hannah Rowe, Isabella Gaze (WK), Lea Tahuhu, Jess Kerr, Eden Carson
South Africa vs New Zealand, 1st T20I: Squad
South Africa: Laura Wolvaardt(c), Tazmin Brits, Lara Goodall, Sune Luus, Marizanne Kapp, Nadine de Klerk, Chloe Tryon, Sinalo Jafta(w), Ayabonga Khaka, Masabata Klaas, Nonkululeko Mlaba, Delmi Tucker, Anneke Bosch, Tumi Sekhukhune, Mieke de Ridder, Nondumiso Shangase
New Zealand: Suzie Bates, Amelia Kerr, Sophie Devine(c), Maddy Green, Georgia Plimmer, Brooke Halliday, Hannah Rowe, Isabella Gaze(w), Lea Tahuhu, Jess Kerr, Eden Carson, Bernadine Bezuidenhout, Fran Jonas, Kate Anderson, Molly Penfold
South Africa vs New Zealand, 1st T20I: Dream11 Prediction
Wicketkeeper: Isabella Gaze
Batters: Suzie Bates, Laura Woolvardt, Brooke Halliday
All-rounders: Chloe Tryon, Marizanne Kapp, Amelia Kerr, Nadine de Klerk
Bowlers: Hannah Rowe, Masabata Klaas, Jess Kerr