South Africa are currently leading the series 1-0    Getty Images
South Africa are currently leading the series 1-0 Getty Images

The third Test and final clash of the series between New Zealand and South Africa will be played at Seddon Park, Hamilton. South Africa lead the series 1-0, after winning the second Test by 8 wickets. In order to draw the series, this becomes a do-or-die match for New Zealand. As far as record are concerned, hosts New Zealand have never been able to win a home Test series against South Africa and are on the verge of continuing the trend. However, South Africa have won five out of eight series against New Zealand in their backyard. Ahead of the big clash, let us have a look at the key clashes that may light up Hamilton:

Kane Williamson vs South African pacers: Williamson, who is captain of New Zealand side, has been often seen struggling against the South African seamers. In last two Tests, Kagiso Rabada picked his wicket twice, while Morne Morkel got him once. Besides these two pacers, there is Vernon Philander who has been dominating against the Kiwi skipper. Philander has dismissed Williamson four times so far. He, however, is yet to get his wicket in this series, as Williamson faced him only once. It was during his 130-run knock in the first Test that he faced Philander, but struggled against him to score runs at will. Williamson faced 59 deliveries off Philander, scoring only 17 at the strike-rate of 28.81.

Hashim Amla vs Neil Wagner: Wagner is the only Kiwi bowler to have been able to dominate Amla. Out of the three innings Amla has batted in this series, Wagner got his wicket twice. Overall, Wagner has dismissed Amla thrice out of five encounters, the most by any Kiwi bowler against Amla.

In addition, Amla has faced Wagner only 52 deliveries in this series and scored 27. Amla often got start in this series, but has not been able to convert it in to a big score.

Keshav Maharaj vs Jimmy Neesham: The Kiwi all-rounder is yet to touch 20-run mark in this series. In both the innings of last Test, he was dismissed by the South African spinner Maharaj. Neesham’s struggle against spin began from New Zealand’s tour of India earlier this season and Maharaj managed to get the better of him.

Neesham faced only 11 deliveries from Maharaj so far and scored only 4. Maharaj will once again eye to dominate Neesham, while the latter one will try his best to get some good score in this series.

Quinton de Kock vs Jeetan Patel: It was Patel who dismissed de Kock in both innings of the first Test, and did not let him go past 10. But de Kock showed good application by making his comeback in the second Test. He scored a brilliant 91. He not only played impressively but also dominated Patel in the second Test by scoring most of his runs against him. He scored 37 from 43 deliveries he faced from Patel in the second Test. He will be looking to carry the same approach. On the other hand, Patel will eye a comeback and look to dominate the aggressive batsman.