New Zealand vs South Africa Preview Prediction – New Zealand have remained undefeated in the ICC CWC 2019 so far. They won their first three games in succession and then the game against India was rained off. So, they have 7 points out of the 4 games and look all set to get themselves into top 4 as the tournament reaches its mid-stage.
South Africa were never one of the prime contenders to win this World Cup, but nobody expected them to lose thrice to start their campaign. They, however, bounced back with an emphatic victory against Afghanistan at Sophia Gardens last Saturday and the margin of the victory was big enough to improve their net run rate as well. However, if their NRR is compared to the other teams at the top, it’s still pretty poor.
New Zealand vs South Africa Preview Prediction – Possible changes in the two teams
New Zealand have played so well so far that they don’t need to make any changes. They surprisingly preferred Matt Henry over a seasoned player like Tim Southee at the beginning. Henry has returned good figures barring the last game against Bangladesh where he was a tad expensive. It doesn’t look like the team management will lose faith in Henry after just one-off day. So, the Blackcaps are expected to go with an unchanged playing XI.
South Africa might also opt for the same playing XI they played against Afghanistan as all their players performed to perfection in that game. Beuran Hendricks, who is a new inclusion to the South African squad because of Dale Steyn’s injury, got the opportunity to bowl and looked alright. He was not mighty impressive and couldn’t get any wickets, but he didn’t bowl too many bad deliveries either and the South African team management will probably give him another go.
New Zealand vs South Africa Preview Prediction – Players to watch out for
New Zealand (Ross Taylor and Trent Boult)
Ross Taylor has been one of the most consistent batsmen going around in 50-over cricket in the last couple of years. He is not one of those flashy players who would play extravagant shots and catch people’s eyes, but he holds the innings together nicely for New Zealand in the middle overs. Since he can up the ante as well once he is set, his wicket will carry a lot of value for New Zealand.
Trent Boult, if there is any hint of swing in the air, can destroy the best of the batting line-ups in the world. His wrist position is so good and he generally gets his areas right too. So, if the sun is not shining brightly and the overhead conditions allow the ball to swing, Boult can prove to be a handful for the Kiwis.
South Africa (Faf du Plessis and Imran Tahir)
Faf du Plessis is a very skillful batsman and has this knack of finding boundaries even when the field is spread out. He has got the gift of timing and his ability to place the ball in vacant regions of the ground makes him a tough batsman to contain in the period between the 10th and the 40th over, which is an important period in the modern day ODI cricket.
Imran Tahir is in his forties now, but his skills have not faded at all. He was at the top of his game against Afghanistan as he bamboozled the Afghan batsmen with his variations and didn’t leave any escape route for them. He has got so many deliveries in his repertoire, the leg spinner, the googly, the flipper, the slider, that if he is in rhythm, he can make a match-winning impact for South Africa.
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