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Friday, 14 December, 2018

Count on De Villiers to deliver with the willow

Proteas skipper is in excellent nick

South Africa's AB de Villiers increases his tally during the first ODI
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Third ODI
Sky Sports 4, 1am Saturday

New Zealand stopped South Africa’s ODI winning streak at 12 in Christchurch on Wednesday to level their five-match series at 1-1 and they are much more of a threat in game three at the Westpac Stadium than odds of 11-8 suggest.

The Black Caps are enjoying a decent 50-over time of it in front of their own fans, winning 13 of 16 home outings since beating the Proteas in the 2015 World Cup semi-final. At that World Cup, they won all eight on home turf, including a sensational eight-wicket success over England in Wellington effectively before the floodlights were turned on.

However, the Kiwis suffered a four-wicket loss to Australia in the capital city a year ago and while South Africa were off the pace at Hagley Oval in midweek, they looked a superior side in the rain-affected opener in Hamilton and dominated the preceding T20 in Auckland.

Proteas skipper AB de Villiers is worth a punt at 4-1 to top-score for his team. He was purring on 45 before feathering a hook on Wednesday after two other classy cameos on tour. His two previous 50-over knocks at the Westpac were 99 and 106 not out. 

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The Black Caps are enjoying a decent 50-over time of it in front of their own fans, winning 13 of 16 home outings
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