Napier: With the ghosts of the 2011 World Cup quarter-final nearly exorcised, JP Duminy has described South Africa's position as "comfortable", ahead of what could be the series-deciding ODI in Napier. South Africa won the preceding three-match Twenty20 series, pulling off a spectacular win in the third game in Auckland, and hold a 1-0 lead in the ODI rubber.
The two previous wins on tour have been wrested from difficult, high pressure situations, situations in which South Africa have historically shown a tendency to crumble. On this trip, so far, they have proved themselves capable of overcoming. "There were a few nervy moments but we got through it, which is a good thing," Duminy said of the first ODI. "The situation called for a bit of pressure to be absorbed and [for us to] express ourselves at the end, which we did nicely."
After keeping New Zealand to 253 for 9, South Africa stumbled to 35 for 3, needing cool heads and a partnership to return to solid ground. Duminy subsequently shared in a 90-run stand with AB de Villiers, to put the team in a winning position.