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South Africa vs New Zealand 2015, 3rd ODI at Durban, Preview: Close contest expected in series decider

The series is currently level at 1-1.

South Africa vs New Zealand 2015, 3rd ODI at Durban, Preview: Close contest expected in series decider
Updated: August 25, 2015 8:57 AM IST | Edited By: Pramod Ananth

South Africa and New Zealand will go all guns blazing to win the final ODI at Durban © Getty Images South Africa and New Zealand will go all guns blazing to win the final ODI at Durban © Getty Images

South Africa take on New Zealand in the third and final One-Day International (ODI) at Durban. New Zealand have the momentum going into the series decider after their convincing eight-wicket win in the second ODI at Potchefstroom. South Africa on the other hand will be disappointed with the loss after a convincing 20-run win in the first ODI. South Africa's top-order let them down in the second game with openers Hashim Amla and Morne Van Wyk dismissed cheaply. Despite a recovery effort from Rilee Rossouw and skipper AB de Villiers, South Africa managed to get just over 200, courtesy of a 70 from Farhaan behardien. Poll: Who will win 3rd ODI between South Africa and New Zealand at Durban?

New Zealand will be proud of the way they bounced back in the second game, especially after conceding over 300 in the first match. The inclusion of Ben Wheeler in place of Mitchell McClenaghan was an excellent one as the former did  not leak as many runs. Martin Guptill's form is encouraging for New Zealand and he will be key once again in the third match. The team that has eventually won the match on both occasions has been the team, which has been totally in command throughout the match. It was South Africa in the first ODI and New Zealand in the second one. READ: SA vs NZ 2015: Tests would have done more justice than ODIs, T20Is

South Africa will hope that the top order fires. De Villiers has been short of runs in this series so far and he is due a big score. This game might be just the one where he decided to return to form. Opener Van Wyk too is short of runs and will look to make his opportunity count in this match. With Faf du Plessis not playing this series due to injury, the pressure of scoring runs has fallen on the rest of the players. Although they have done relatively well covering for his absence, they will have to do more to ensure that they have a match-winning score. READ: It is time Kane Williamson converts good starts into match-winning knocks!

The final game is set to be a close contest. Both teams know each other well now and will look to outplay each other yet again. Everything will depend on the kind of start the teams get. A team that gets off to a bright start, might just go on to win the game as well. READ: New Zealand’s ability to learn quickly from their mistakes will make them a stronger team

Squads:

South Africa: AB de Villiers (c), Hashim Amla, Morne van Wyk (wk), Rilee Rossouw, David Miller, Farhaan Behardien, David Wiese, Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir, Kagiso Rabada, Aaron Phangiso, Kyle Abbott.

New Zealand: Kane Williamson(c), Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Colin Munro, Grant Elliott, James Neesham, Luke Ronchi(wk), Nathan McCullum, Adam Milne, Ish Sodhi, Mitchell McClenaghan, Matt Henry, Ben Wheeler, Doug Bracewell, George Worker

Time: 12:30 local | 10:30 GMT | 16:00 IST

(Pramod Ananth is a reporter at CricketCountry. He has represented Karnataka table tennis under-15, and is a hardcore supporter of Liverpool FC. His Twitter handle is @pramz)

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