Durban ready to spark Protea ODI fire

Cricket fans are abuzz with excitement ahead of the third and final Momentum ODI between South Africa and New Zealand at the Sahara Stadium Kingsmead on Wednesday, 26 August, looking forward to the electric atmosphere that characterised the KFC T20 international clash between the same two teams earlier in the month.

That clash between the Proteas and the Blackcaps signaled the start of the 2015/16 cricket season in South Africa and also represented the ignition of a new era at KZN’s cricket headquarters.

The fresh energy and positivity that has engulfed Kingsmead – the home of the Sunfoil Dolphins – was heightened even further last Friday evening with 13 018 passionate cricket lovers experiencing the new and improved stadium features, including the ground-breaking new full colour LED scoreboard.

“I thought the Durban crowd came in full flight and got behind us,” said stand-in captain AB de Villiers after the match.

De Villiers wasn’t the only one from the Proteas camp to notice and appreciate the large, vocal crowd’s attendance on the night.

“Awesome playing at home in a packed stadium!!! Well played Durban,” Rilee Rossouw tweeted shortly after the game.

“Thanks to all who came out to support us last night in Durban! Great to play to at my home ground,” local fast bowler Kyle Abbott added on Twitter.

A mouth-watering clash is expected in Durban on Wednesday as Sunfoil Dolphins hometown heroes Morné van Wyk, David Miller, Abbott and Imran Tahir join international sensations AB de Villiers, Hashim Amla and Dale Steyn in the Castle Lager Proteas ODI squad, while the explosive Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson lead the charge for New Zealand.

Fans who have not yet purchased their tickets are urged to do so urgently via or from Sahara Stadium Kingsmead’s ticket office, which is open Monday – Thursday from 09h00-15h00 and Friday from 08h00-11h30.

Ticket prices range from R150-R320 for adults while scholars can get their piece of the action for as little as R50. Gates open at 10h30 with play set to start at 12h30.

The public are urged to note that only those with ‘Grass Area – Deck Chairs’ tickets are permitted to bring deck chairs into the ground, only small cooler boxes are permitted and no umbrellas or glass are allowed into the stadium.

No braais are allowed to be brought in, however braais will be available inside the stadium. Food and drinks are permitted if in plastic containers while refreshments will be for sale inside the stadium.