NZ vs SA Today Match Prediction, 1st Test, Cricket Betting Tips, 17th February 2022

NZ vs SA Today Match Prediction
  • Match- New Zealand vs South Africa
  • Date- 17th February 2022
  • Match Format- Test
  • Venue- Hagley Oval, Christchurch
  • Time- 3:30 AM IST
  • Weather Forecast- Mostly Sunny, 16-19 ° C

NZ vs SA General Online Betting Odds

New Zealand- 1.72

Draw- 4.75

South Africa- 3.75

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NZ vs SA Today Match Prediction, 1st Test, 17th February 2022

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New Zealand

New Zealand will lock horns with South Africa in the first of the two-Test match series. Hagley Oval in Christchurch will host this fixture on Thursday, February 17. New Zealand managed to draw their previous Test series 1-1 against Bangladesh after losing the opening Test. They are the champions of the inaugural World Test Championship, however, Kane Williamson will miss the series as he is still recovering from the elbow injury. Ross Taylor will also be missed after his retirement.

The Blackcaps will need to be much-improved in this series against an impressive South Africa outfit, especially as they have won just four of 45 Tests against their opponents, and in their attempts to improve on that record, they will be without Trent Boult who is on paternity leave. Tom Latham will be the newly appointed skipper for New Zealand.

Top Batsmen for New Zealand

  • Tom Latham– 674 Runs in 10 Matches, 42.13 Average
  • Henry Nicholls– 639 Runs in 10 Matches, 42.60 Average

Top Bowlers for New Zealand

  • Kyle Jamieson– 47 Wickets in 9 Matches, 2.49 Economy
  • Tim Southee– 40 Wickets in 9 Matches, 2.59 Economy

South Africa

South Africa have recently beaten a top Indian side at their home ground by a margin of 2-1. Plenty of heroes emerged out of their campaign against India including the likes of Keegan Petersen and Marco Jansen.

Out of the last 5 Test matches played, South Africa have lost only one and are currently in great form. Captain Dean Elgar also seems to have hit the purple patch with the bat and it’s a great sign for the Proteas.

Keegan Petersen will be unavailable for the first test against New Zealand and is likely to be replaced by Sarel Erwee in the squad. Kagiso Rabada will spearhead the pace attack and Keshav Maharaj will be leading the spin attack. South Africa’s record against Kiwis in the past is phenomenal and they would like to exert dominance in the upcoming Test series.

Top Batsmen for South Africa

  • Dean Elgar- 744 Runs in 10 Matches, 46.50 Average
  • Rassie van der Dussen- 551 Runs in 10 Matches, 36.73 Average

Top Batsman for South Africa

  • Kagiso Rabada- 36 Wickets in 7 Matches, 2.84 Economy
  • Lungi Ngidi- 32 Wickets in 8 Matches, 2.95 Economy

Weather Report

The weather will remain mostly sunny throughout the first day. It is expected to remain the same on Day 2. The temperature will hover around 16-19 °C. There are fewer chances of a downpour.

  • Precipitation: 10%
  • Humidity: 75%
  • Wind: 29 km/h

Venue Stats


Total matches9
Matches won batting first3
Matches won bowling first5
Average 1st Inns scores308
Average 2nd Inns scores288
Average 3rd Inns scores290
Average 4th Inns scores164
Highest total recorded659/6 (158.5 Ov) by NZ vs PAK
Lowest total recorded104/10 (41 Ov) by SL vs NZ

Pitch Report

The pitch at Hagley Oval in Christchurch is a balanced track. The bowlers will get some extra zip off the surface with the new ball and we might see some lateral movement off the surface. The surface is expected to stay the same throughout the course of the match.

NZ vs SA Probable Playing 11

New Zealand Playing 11

Tom Latham, Will Young, Devon Conway, Daryll Mitchell, Henry Nicholls, Tom Blundell, Colin de Grandhomme, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Matt Henry, Neil Wagner

WK- Tom Blundell

BAT- Tom Latham, Will Young, Devon Conway, Henry Nicholls

AR- Daryll Mitchell, Colin de Grandhomme

BOW- Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Matt Henry, Neil Wagner

South Africa Playing 11

Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Sarel Erwee/Zubayr Hamza, Rassie van der Dussen, Temba Bavuma, Kyle Verreynne, Marco Jansen, Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj, Duanne Olivier, Lungi Ngidi

WK- Kyle Verreynne

BAT- Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, Tembe Bavuma, Sarel Erwee/Zubayr Hamza

AR- Marco Jansen

BOW- Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj, Duanne Olivier, Lungi Ngidi

NZ vs SA, Who will win the match, Today Match Prediction

South Africa is expected to win against New Zealand.

South Africa’s record against Kiwis in the past is phenomenal and they would like to exert dominance in the upcoming Test series. Though they are not likely favorites to win this contest, we would still root for their well-balanced squad.

On the other hand, the recent form of the World Test champions has not been too great. They have won only 2 out of the last 5 completed Test matches. The blackcaps will be playing without their regular captain Kane Williamson. They also have a strong unit with a good balance. Matt Henry has been included in place of Trent Boult and the conditions at Hagley Oval may suit his bowling.

Top Batsman for New Zealand- Tom Latham

Latham is a fantastic opening batsman and a responsible player for his team which can keep him confident making him our prime choice for this crucial encounter. So far he has amassed 674 runs in 10 Matches. His performance was exceptional against India in the first Test. Even though he failed to score big in the Ford Trophy he will play a key role here.

Top Batsman for South Africa- Temba Bavuma

Temba Bavuma is also in good form recently. He played good Test cricket against India and then went to lead the South African to victory in the ODI series. He has gathered 2318 runs in 42 Test matches. All this should allow him to maintain his contributions as an important opening batsman in this contest.

Top Bowler for New Zealand- Kyle Jamieson 

Kyle Jamieson has picked 60 wickets in his last 12 Test matches with greater potential to provide decent batting contributions that can play a vital role in this match making him a potential game-changer. His performance against Bangladesh was on top as he bagged 8 scalps in two tests.

Top Bowler for South Africa- Lungi Ngidi

Lungi Ngidi was brilliant in his series against India which highlights his current form that earned him 15 wickets in his last 3 test matches which can be channeled into improved performance in this encounter. So far he has amassed 47 wickets in 13 matches including the best figure of 6/39.