New Zealand and South Africa drew first Test at Dunedin    Getty Images
New Zealand and South Africa drew first Test at Dunedin Getty Images

Rain deprived fans all around the world of a great day of cricket when it decided to wreck havoc in Dunedin on the fifth and final day of the first Test between New Zealand and South Africa. The game was heading towards an exciting finish on Day Five with both teams having equal chances of winning the game. South Africa, in particular, were expected to take a 1-0 lead given they had runs on the board, and the Kiwis staring down the injury barrel with as many as two key players out cold. The second match of the three-Test series will take place at Basin Reserve, Wellington. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD, New Zealand vs South Africa, 2nd Test at Basin Reserve, Wellington

Wellington offers the most pace and bounce of all the New Zealand grounds. New Zealand, heading into the Test, have a few glaring issues on hand, the most significant of which is the injury concern to Trent Boult. Boult, currently nursing a sore hip from the first Test, did not participate in the training session on Monday. Tim Southee could get a look in the playing XI if Boult does not recover till the eve of the Test. Another change that the home side is forced to make is to replace Ross Taylor with Neil Broom. Broom brings in 15 years worth of experience in First-Class cricket. While that cannot substitute Taylor’s international experience, but it does provide Broom credibility.

South Africa, on their part, may opt to play the same set of players at Basin Reserve. They have called in Dane Piedt, but in all likelihood he will miss out at Wellington. The only concern for South Africa will be the form of Temba Bavuma, who made a valiant fifty in at Dunedin. His innings was neither fluent nor was it an indication of return to form. However, with Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander raring to fire at Wellington, New Zealand better be prepared for some heavy bombardment of fierce bowling.

New Zealand have a decent record at Wellington. In the 59 Tests played at Basin Reserve they have won 17 and lost 19. South Africa on the other hand, have not lost a Test at the Basin Reserve in the 6 matches they have featured in, winning 4 and drawing 2.

Coming to the most important aspect of any Test, the pitch: the current conditions at Wellington have made it difficult for the curators to prepare the ground to their liking. The pitch is covered with a thick layer of grass, which exponentially increases chances of an out-an-out pace attack for both sides. Rain has made its presence felt in the series as usual, and continues to be an over arching threat all along. If the match is played without much interruption, the fast, bouncy, greenish track will make this a Test in paradise for both sides.

Squads:

New Zealand: Kane Williamson (c), BJ Watling (wk), Jeet Raval, Tom Latham, Neil Broom, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Colin de Grandhomme, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult, James Neesham, Jeetan Patel.

South Africa: Faf du Plessis (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Stephen Cook, Dean Elgar, Hashim Amla, JP Duminy, Duanne Olivier, Temba Bavuma, Kagiso Rabada, Vernon Philander, Morne Morkel, Chris Morris, Wayne Parnell, Keshav Maharaj, Heinrich Klaasen, Theunis de Bruyn.

TIME: 11:00 local |3.30 IST| 22:00 GMT