New Zealand vs South Africa

New Zealand and South Africa will face each other in the semi-finals of the World Cup. Most of the matches in the ongoing World Cup have been one-sided, but if two close matches are considered, it was South Africa’s one-wicket win over Pakistan in Chennai and the thrilling match between New Zealand and Australia in which New Zealand set a mammoth target of 388 runs. While chasing, they lost by five runs.

Both teams are in the race for a place in the semi-finals and if the batsmen carry on, it will be an exciting game. New Zealand has eight points from six matches. After four consecutive wins, the result in Dharamsala did not live up to their expectations. So a defeat could open the way for Afghanistan (six points) and Pakistan (four points) On the other hand, South Africa (10 points from six matches) will finish with 12 points and join India in the semi-finals.

The spinners have got a lot of help on this ground of Maharashtra Cricket Association and on the basis of this, Afghanistan won against Sri Lanka by seven wickets. It is also a competition of experience and youthful enthusiasm among the batsmen. South Africa’s Quinton de Kock, playing his last World Cup, has scored 431 runs with the help of three centuries. On the other hand, young Rachin Ravindra, who has scored 406 runs for New Zealand, has the edge of Sachin Tendulkar and the tenacity of Rahul Dravid. His aerial shots are worth watching. Apart from that, he is a complete package as he is a good spinner.

South Africa has Heinrich Klaasen and New Zealand has Jimmy Neesham. David Miller is the X-factor for South Africa while Daryl Mitchell provides depth to New Zealand’s batting. Aiden Markram can be compared with Glenn Phillips as both are excellent batsmen as well as excellent spinners.

Both captains Temba Bavuma and Tom Latham have the ability to dismantle the opposition attack. On the bowling front, South Africa will be hoping for a fit Kagiso Rabada, who did not play against Pakistan. Rabada’s presence is enough to scare the opposition. His presence will boost the confidence of youngsters like Gerald Coetzee and Marco Jensen.

South Africa has left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj and left-arm wrist spinner Tabraiz Shamsi. Shamsi was the player of the match against Pakistan. However, New Zealand played Kuldeep Yadav well, so there is nothing to worry about.

Teams –

South Africa: Virat Kohli (captain), Murali Vijay, Gautam Gambhir, Karun Nair, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha (wicketkeeper), Ravichandran Ashwin, Amit Mishra, Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Jayant Yadav, Hardik Pandya.

New Zealand: Tom Latham, Tom Blundell, Kane Williamson (captain), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling (wicketkeeper), Daryl Mitchell/Mitchell Santner, Trent Boult, Kyle Jamieson, Neil Wagner, Tim Southee.

Time: 2 pm.