There is great history between New Zealand and South in the World Cup tournaments. New Zealand knocked South Africa out of the World Cup 2015 after pulling off one of the most incredible chases in the World Cup semifinals.
It has been four years now, and South Africa will face New Zealand again but this time in the league stage match.
Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham
Total Matches played: 58
Matches won batting first: 24
Matches won batting second: 27
Abandoned/No result: 6
Average scores in both innings
Average 1st innings score: 258
Average 2nd innings score: 242
The Edgbaston track is usually flat and perfect for batting. Plenty of runs are there for batsmen.
Reports suggest that weather will be cloudy with heavy rains at times and delayed start is on the cards. The temperature will be nearly about 16 °C and humidity will be on the higher side, near about 80 percent.
Due to the possibility of overcast conditions, both New Zealand and South Africa will be eager to bowl first to get some advantage.
New Zealand, along with India, has yet not lost any match in this tournament. New Zealand started their World Cup Campaign with an emphatic ten wickets victory over Sri Lanka. In their second and third match, the Blackcaps defeated Bangladesh and Afghanistan. But rain washed out their fourth match against India.
The Kiwis will be looking to keep their winning streak alive against the Proteas.
No injury issues are revolving over the New Zealand squad, so no alterations are expected in the playing XI. Kane Williamson led New Zealand might play with the same playing XI that played against Afghanistan.
Probable playing XI: Kane Williamson(C), Tom Latham(wk), Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Ross Taylor, James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult
South African team got off to a horrible start in (the) World Cup 2019. The team lost back to back three matches in the starting. Their fourth game against West Indies was called off due to rain. They have only defeated Afghanistan in the World Cup 2019 till now.
South African pacer, Lungi Ngidi, who suffered a hamstring injury has been declared fit for this match, so he is expected to replace Beuran Hendricks. Other than this, no changes are expected in the playing XI.
Probable playing XI: Faf du Plessis(C), Quinton de Kock(wk), Hashim Amla, Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Chris Morris, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir
New Zealand: Ross Taylor, James Neesham, Lockie Ferguson
South Africa: Quinton de Kock, Chris Morris, Imran Tahir
Head to Head in World Cup
Total matches played– 7
New Zealand win-5
South Africa win– 2
With the type of cricket, New Zealand has played in this tournament till now; they are clear favorites to win this match. But, even after a poor start to the World Cup, South Africa have some star players in their squad which can rise on occasion. Let’s see what happens.
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