The New Zealand (NZ) are ready to be at odds with the South Africa (SA) in the 1st Test match of the South Africa Tour of New Zealand at the beautiful Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui.
New Zealand’s last test series against Bangladesh ended at 1-1 draw. So, their confidence is low as Bangladesh’s test squad was not that strong.
South Africa, on the other hand, played an one-off test against India in January 2024, which they lost by a big margin of 7 wickets.
NZ vs SA Match Details
- Match – NZ vs SA, 1st Test Match
- Format – Test
- Venue – Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui
- Date & Time – February 4, 2024 & 3:30 AM
NZ vs SA Pitch and Weather Conditions
The pitch at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui is pretty good for batters. Batting is relatively easier in the 1st innings. The temperature is expected to be mostly cloudy with no chances of rain. Temperature is expected to be around 19° Celsius.
NZ vs SA Head-to-Head Records
These two teams have played a total of 47 test matches, out of which New Zealand have won only 5 matches. South Africa, on the other hand, have won a total of 26 matches.
NZ vs SA Toss Prediction
New Zealand is expected to win the toss in NZ vs WI’s 1st Test match.
NZ vs SA Predicted Playing XI
New Zealand: Devon Conway, Will Young, Kane Williamson, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Latham (wk), Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, Mitchell Santner, Neil Wagner, Tim Southee (c), Matt Henry
South Africa: Neil Brand (c), Edward Moore, Zubayr Hamza, Keegan Petersen, David Bedingham, Khaya Zondo, Clyde Fortuin (wk), Dane Piedt, Duanne Olivier, Tshepo Moreki, Dane Paterson
NZ vs SA Probable Best Performers
Top Batter: Kane Williamson (NZ)
Kane Williamson is a kind of batter who plays test exceptionally well. He has shown his class even in high-pressure test situations and is one of the most experienced test players.
He has performed exceptionally well on this Bay Oval pitch and can be the biggest headache for South African bowlers.
Tom Latham and Devon Conway are other good batters who can perform in today’s NZ vs SA match.
Top Bowler: Tim Southee (NZ)
Tim Southee has impressed everyone with his superb bowling skills and captaincy in international cricket recently.
He is a perfect wicket-taking bowler and also bats well in the lower order. He can be an useful bowler in the powerplay overs along with Matt Henry.
Top All-Rounder: Rachin Ravindra (NZ)
With so many good all-rounder options in today’s match, choosing one is always difficult. But if one has to be chosen, then Rachin Ravindra is no doubt the best option.
He is currently one of the most important picks from the New Zealand team as he is expected to bat in the top order and also bowl a good number of overs on this pitch.
Daryl Mitchell and Mitchell Santner are other good all-rounder picks for today’s NZ vs SA match.
NZ vs SA Best Betting Odds Comparison
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NZ vs SA Who will win?
New Zealand is expected to win the 1st Test match easily since they have a better squad. South Africa’s squad for this series looks less experienced and may not be able to defeat New Zealand.