22 Feb 2017

Black Caps confident of levelling series

6:42 am on 22 February 2017

Despite their narrow first up loss to South Africa, the New Zealand cricketers are in a confident frame of mind ahead of game two in the five match one day series in Christchurch.

The Proteas won the rain affected ODI by four wickets and a ball to spare in Hamilton, while it appeared tight on paper, South Africa appeared in control of the match.

Dean Brownlie

Dean Brownlie Photo: Photosport

South Africa have won their last 12 straight games and victory today will set a record for the Proteas.

The Black Caps batting lineup struggled against pace bowler Chris Morris and need runs from the top and middle order - Tom Latham, Ross Taylor and Neil Broom in particular.

"They're world number ones for a reason and we have to be at our best to compete with them," said opener Dean Browlie.

"We didn't nail how we wanted to play in the first game, we got off to a solid start and when I got out we lost our way a little bit."

The Christchurch match is the only day game in the series - the others are all day/night matches and it's likely to be a relatively high scoring affair at Hagley Oval with five of the past nine first totals at the ground having been in excess of 300.