NZ wins toss, bowls in 2nd ODI vs. South Africa
MOUNT MAUNGANUI, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum won the toss and chose to bowl Friday in the second one-day cricket international against South Africa at the Bay Oval.
In doing so, McCullum sought to follow the winning formula revealed by South Africa, which won the first match of the three-match series by six wickets at the same venue on Tuesday. The Proteas won the toss, sent New Zealand in and dismissed them for 230, then reached their target with four wickets down and 11 balls to spare.
New Zealand made two changes to its lineup for the match. Fast bowling spearhead Tim Southee returns after missing the first match with a shoulder injury and displacing Kyle Mills. The home side also chose to name an extra seamer, picking Mitchell McClenaghan ahead of spinner Nathan McCullum.
South Africa made one change, naming David Miller in place of Ryan McLaren.
“We just thought the other day it slowed up considerably for the bowlers and actually got a bit easier to bat,” McCullum said. “We thought if there’s going to be anything in it for the bowlers it’s going to be in the first 50 overs.”
McCullum said the inclusion of an extra seamer favored the decision to bowl.
“I think we’ve got great options and in any situation it allows us to determine the option we want to go for,” he said. “That’s the beauty of having a well-balanced lineup.”
outh Africa strolled to victory in the first match, frustrated only by a 74-run last wicket partnership for New Zealand by Luke Ronchi and Trent Boult. Captain A.B. de Villiers said the Proteas are focusing on several areas of improvement.
“We’ve got a good idea of what to expect batting first here,” de Villiers said. “After the last game it’s up to us to apply the basics now and get some runs up front to allow the middle order to go big.
“I don’t think we had a perfect game at all, by no means. Lots of areas we can improve. We were under pressure with both ball and bat so we’d like to play a game with a little bit less pressure.”
The final game is in Hamilton on Monday.
New Zealand: Brendon McCullum (captain), Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Dean Brownlie, Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Mitchell McClenaghan, James Neesham, Luke Ronchi, Tim Southee, Daniel Vettori.
South Africa: A.B. de Villiers (captain), Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, J.P. Duminy, Faf du Plessis, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Vernon Philander, Rilee Rossouw, Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir.
Umpires: Steve Davis, Australia, and Derek Walker, New Zealand.
Television umpire: Rod Tucker, Australia. Match referee: Roshan Mahanama, Sri Lanka.