Phillips debuts as New Zealand bowl


If he is fit to play it would likely mean Farhaan Behardien, who captained South Africa in their previous series, missing out.

Notably, New Zealand have only lost one game in their last 10 T20Is with their last defeat coming at the ICC World T20 in India previous year. Overall, this tour promises to be a thriller.

New Zealand won the toss and sent South Africa in to bat in the one-off Twenty20 at Eden Park in Auckland on Friday. Apart from this, New Zealand grounds are also smaller in size.

1050 hrs IST: New Zealand will be opening with Phillips who has been hailed as the next McCullum for them. South Africa may have lost the T20 series against Sri Lanka but each match went close. New Zealand never won a series against South Africa at home as well as in South Africa since 1931/1932.

Between these two Southern Hemispheres teams, South Africa have always enjoyed upper hand over New Zealand in all three formats.

New Zealand in a reasonably comfortable victory. These two teams play the game on regular basis.

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There have been lot of changes in both the sides since then.

Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis (capt), JP Duminy, Farhaan Behardien, Chris Morris, Wayne Parnell, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dane Paterson, Imran Tahir. So this time, with a strong team, they will not spare the South Africans.

Kane Williamson will miss the services of injured Martin Guptill for the T20I match but return of Colin Munro, who impressed with his stint at the recently-concluded Big Bash League in Australia, and wicketkeeper-batsman Luke Ronchi should give the skipper enough confidence. Despite what history and numbers suggests between both these teams, it is a fact that New Zealand are much improved team in T20Is and have an impressive bowling line-up.

The series starts with a one-off T20I at Eden Park, Auckland on Friday.

New Zealand named 20-year-old Glenn Phillips to make his global debut as an opening batsman to partner captain Kane Williamson.

Unlike hundred, this venue has witnessed a bowler taking five-wicket haul in a match.