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NZ vs SA 2nd Test live score : Can SA Impose Dominance On Weakened Kiwis?

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After rain put paid to the NZ vs SA 1st Test Match, which saw South Africa emerging as the dominant force, the battle between the second and fourth ranked ICC test teams continues in Wellington this week in the NZ vs SA 2nd Test Match. OyeCricket.com will bring you the NZ vs SA 2nd Test Live Score to help you stay abreast with all the cricketing action from Wellington.

Having been defeated in the previous test series between the two sides back in 2016 despite losing only one match, New Zealand will be desperate to avoid a batting capitulation this time around in the New Zealand 2nd Test Match, with injuries meaning they will be relying upon an inexperienced test batting line-up against an aggressive South African bowling attack.

New Man At The Crease for the NZ vs SA 2nd Test Match

The injury to key batsman Ross Taylor has been particularly concerning, with question marks hanging over replacement Neil Broom. Whether Broom, who has never played a first-class international test match, is up to the challenge of taking on a South African attack in the NZ vs SA 2nd Test Match that had decimated him in three previous ODIs remains to be seen.

NZ vs SA 2nd Test Live Score

Neil Broom’s prior record and lack of experience aside, he has the golden opportunity to silence the doubters if he can hit the ground running. Fail to do that, though, and serious questions will be asked of coach Mike Hesson regarding his decision to pick the 33-year-old. You can check all that through the NZ vs SA 2nd Test live score at this cricket website.

Above: Kane Williamson (L) Neil wagner and Trent Boult chat during day four of the First Test match between New Zealand and South Africa at University Oval on March 11, 2017 in Dunedin, New Zealand. (Photo by Dianne Manson/Getty Images)

Despite the fact that Kane Williamson is still available for New Zealand and clearly in form after his stunning knock of 130, South Africa will be well aware that if they can remove him from the crease, they may find a soft, unprotected underbelly that they can savage, reducing New Zealand to a below-par total in the NZ vs SA 2nd Test Match.

A Blunted Attack for the Kiwis in the NZ vs SA 2nd Test Match ?

With the batting spine debilitated by the absence of Taylor, New Zealand are already up against it, but losing their joint-leading wicket taker Trent Boult from the first test in Dunedin for the second outing could be the body blow that sees South Africa handed that crucial advantage.

The Wellington pitch for the NZ vs SA 2nd Test Match is likely to suit seam bowlers, and Trent Boult is expected to step up and show precisely what he is made of, handing a stern test to Hashim Amla and Dean Elgar, who are both top batsmen on their day (with Amla currently ranked at number nine in the ICC Player Rankings).

Keeping Positive Key for NZ in NZ vs SA Wellington Test Match

Injuries to key personnel, along with their performance in the last test, have clearly resulted in a lot of negativity for New Zealand. However, the current cricket betting odds from bet365 of 12/5 for a Kiwis triumph highlights that, although they are considered to be the second-best team, they are not being entirely written off by punters.

If New Zealand win the toss and get themselves ahead in the NZ vs SA 2nd Test Match, either by putting runs on the board or reducing South Africa to a low total, then a little bit of luck and a fine debut from Neil Broom could well see New Zealand assert themselves in the driving seat. You can check out if they can actually do that by following the NZ vs SA 2nd Test Live Score. If the Kiwis can use that momentum to get the Wellington crowd firmly behind them in their battle to overtake England and reach third in the ICC Test Rankings, they could yet prove themselves capable of springing a surprise in the NZ vs SA Wellington Test Match.

Posted by on March 15, 2017. Filed under New Zealand, South Africa, South Africa Tour of New Zealand 2017. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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