South Africa and New Zealand face each other in the 25th ODI of the ICC World Cup. Proteas will look to take revenge on the semi-final loss against the Blackcaps. New Zealand on the other hand, will look to regain their number one spot on the points table, which was taken over by Australia.
It’s been a tough World Cup for South Africa. They lost their ace pacer, Dale Steyn, to a shoulder injury and have only won a single game against Afghanistan from the 5 they have played so far. They are at the seventh position on the table, just above Afghanistan with only 3 points. They will heavily rely on their bowlers, especially Imran Tahir.
In contrast, New Zealand hasn’t lost a single game so far in the tournament. Their individual performances are peaking at the right time for the team and they will definitely love to continue their streak of wins against South Africa, who have a very poor form right now. To counter South Africa’s bowling prowess, New Zealand has a solid batting unit, led by skipper Kane Williamson.
Competition – ICC Cricket World Cup 2019
Venue – Edgbaston, Birmingham
Date & Time – 19th June, 03:00 PM IST
Where to watch: Star Sports & Hotstar
Average 1st innings score: 227
Average 2nd innings score: 179
Highest Total: 408/9, Lowest Total: 70/10
Highest Chased: 280/4, Lowest Defended: 129/7
With over 58 matches played on this field, the statistics are pretty equal with 52% of the teams winning while batting second and 46% batting first. There have been over 6 300+ scores and 1 400+. The RPO of this pitch is close to 4.6 with a wicket taken every 28.34 runs.
New Zealand and South Africa have had 70 ODI encounters. South Africa has been dominant so far, winning 41 (58%) of them with New Zealand at 24 wins (32%) and 5 No Results (7%). In the last series, South Africa won 3-2.
New Zealand’s recent ODI run (latest first):
South Africa’s recent ODI run (latest first):
New Zealand have won the toss and will bowl first
NZ are playing with the same squad
Lungi Ngidi replaces Beuran Hendricks in SA
New Zealand Playing XI (probable):
Ross Taylor, Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson (c), Colin de Grandhomme, Colin Munro, Trent Boult, Tom Latham (wk), James Neesham, Matt Henry, Mitchell Santner, Lockie Ferguson
Bench: Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Henry Nicholls, Tom Blundell
South Africa Playing XI (probable):
Hashim Amla, David Miller, Imran Tahir, Faf du Plessis (c), Chris Morris, Quinton de Kock (wk), Lungi Ngidi, Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, Kagiso Rabada, Andile Phehlukwayo,
Bench: Jean-Paul Duminy, Dwaine Pretorius, Beuran Hendricks, Tabraiz Shamsi
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