New Zealand bowl first in T20 decider ‎

New Zealand won the toss and elected to field first in the third and deciding Twenty20 international against South Africa at Eden Park in Auckland on Wednesday.

New Zealand have made two changes with all-rounders Jesse Ryder and Michael Bates replacing an ill Kyle Mills and Colin de Grandhomme.

South Africa have made just one change with left-arm spinner Robin Peterson replacing seamer Lonwabo Tsotsobe.

“Wasn’t too sure about what to do, so happy to lose the toss,” South Africa captain A.B. de Villiers said.

“It makes it slightly tricky for the bowling team, hopefully we can bat and put up a score.”

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum said, “When there’s a bit of rain about, the Duckworth-Lewis system comes into play so it’s often better to be chasing.”

New Zealand won the first match by six wickets before South Africa fought back to level the series with a comprehensive eight-wicket win in Wellington.

New Zealand: Brendon McCullum (captain), Martin Guptill, Rob Nicol, Kane Williamson, James Franklin, Jesse Ryder, Nathan McCullum, Doug Bracewell, Kyle Mills, Ronnie Hira, Tim Southee.

South Africa: A.B. de Villiers (captain), Richard Levi, Hashim Amla, Wayne Parnell, J.P. Duminy, Justin Ontong, Albie Morkel, Johan Botha, Marchant de Lange, Morne Morkel, Robin Peterson.

Umpires: Chris Gaffaney and Gary Baxter, New Zealand.

TV Umpire: Barry Frost, New Zealand.

Match referee: Roshan Mahanama, Sri Lanka.

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