Birmingham, June 19, Wednesday at 03:00 PM IST
While Edgbaston makes its ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 debut on Wednesday, South Africa will square off against New Zealand in a must-win game to stay alive.
Today’s defeat will close all doors for Proteas for the semi-final birth as they are sitting third from the bottom with just 3 points in 5 games. They secured their first win of the tournament by 9 wickets against Afghanistan and need to keep winning all their fixture to resurrect their campaign.
New Zealand, on the contrary, are unbeaten in the tournament so far and will look to continue their fashion. In 4 games, Kiwis have secured three wins while the game against India ended in no result due to rain.
Interestingly, since the 2015 World Cup Semi-final at Eden Park, Proteas have won more matches than New Zealand they’ve lost (5-3) in head to head ODI clashes. So, can they make it once more and bring some change in their fortune?
The clash begins at 03:00 PM IST.
Edgbaston in Birmingham is usually a good batting surface. The average first innings score at the venue is 227. There have been showers in the past couple of days and some showers are also expected in the noon. However, there’s nothing to be worried of as a full is still on course. The wicket is expected to hold some moisture
Average 1st Inns scores – 227
Average 2nd Inns scores – 179
Highest total recorded – 408/9 (50 Ov) by ENG vs NZ
Lowest total recorded – 70/10 (25.2 Ov) by AUS vs ENG
New Zealand won the toss and will bowl first
No change for Kiwis
Lungi Ngidi replaces Beuran Hendricks in South Africa
Mitchell Santner, Martin Guptill, Tom Latham (wk), Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Trent Boult
David Miller, Quinton de Kock (wk), Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Hashim Amla, Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis (c), Rassie van der Dussen, Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Imran Tahir
Ish Sodhi, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee (VC), Matt Henry, Kane Williamson (c), Colin de Grandhomme, Tom Blundell (wk), Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Tom Latham (wk), Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Ross Taylor
Quinton de Kock (wicket-keeper), Faf du Plessis (captain), Lungi Ngidi, Aiden Markram, K Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Hashim Amla, David Miller, Chris Morris, Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir, JP Duminy, Rassie van der Dussen
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