Phillips debuts as New Zealand bowl

The Black Caps are now ranked number one in T20Is while South Africa occupy fourth position in what has been a topsy-turvy year of worldwide T20s with the West Indies form in the format dipping dramatically after their win in the World T20 in India last year.

On the other hand, the South African team will decide later after evaluating the fitness status of David Miller who sustained injuries in his finger against Sri Lanka. Both the teams have been in a terrific form and this series promises exciting cricket between the two countries. The game was played on February 22, 2012, which South Africa won by three runs while defending their total of 165.

South Africa embark on their important tour of New Zealand with a T20 match that is being touted as little more than a warm-up match for what's to come in Auckland. New Zealand are very strong in their backyard, but South Africa have been equally good since the second half of the year 2016.

On a long tour like this one, a T20 series of three matches in duration would have been considered normal, however time constraints have seen it brought back to one.

The game may not go down as one where both sides do all the basics well but it is nearly certain to prove incredibly entertaining. Big names, Hashim Amla, skipper du Plessis, Quinton de Kock and JP Duminy also return to the T20 fold for tomorrow's match. There is Kane Williamson as captain and the rest is more or less the same team. 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.

New Zealand were a flawless 12-from-12 on home soil this summer, having won both tests against Pakistan, three ODIs, three T20s and two tests against Bangladesh and two ODIs against Australia to reclaim the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy. A cracking contest awaits us in the one-off T20I but the wet-weather conditions in Auckland might play spoilsport.

He is being replaced by uncapped 20-year-old Glenn Phillips for Friday's T20I, while Dean Brownlie will cover up for Guptill in the two ODIs.



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