Match Preview – New Zealand vs South Africa, ICC Cricket World Cup 2023/24, thirty second Match

Massive image – Not a must-win, however a win-for-momentum

It began with a World Cup quarter-final that was a correct scrap in Mirpur in 2011. It marked the arrival of a cricket rivalry that is not talked about so much, however typically provides us video games that ain’t good for the center – identical to the rugby World Cup last from a couple of nights in the past.

Auckland 2015 and Birmingham 2019, the 2 most up-to-date males’s ODI World Cup fixtures because the rivalry sprung to life, have been each thrillers of various varieties. One a semi-final with all the things on the road, and the opposite a league fixture, like Wednesday’s shall be. This one will dictate how the highest half of the factors desk shapes up heading into the final little bit of the league stage.

All instructed, for 3 straight males’s World Cups in a row, the New Zealand video games have been must-wins for South Africa; the truth is, South Africa have misplaced 5 World Cup video games in a row to New Zealand. In Pune on Wednesday, the stakes aren’t as excessive, given each groups are nonetheless fairly comfortably positioned for the semi-finals, however it’s one each side will need to win for momentum’s sake on the very least.

New Zealand endured back-to-back losses to India and Australia as their easy sail of a marketing campaign – that they had began with 4 wins on the trot – hit a tough patch amid a rising checklist of niggles. South Africa have been gung-ho, proving their solely loss – to Netherlands – was an aberration, their batting depth trying more and more menacing and bowling efficient sufficient, as they have been anticipated to be.

Their one-wicket win over Pakistan in Chennai the opposite night time saved them from that dreaded phrase that had begun doing the rounds whilst their decrease order collapsed, earlier than Keshav Maharaj and Tabraiz Shamsi noticed them house. A beneficial end in Pune will additional underpin their standing as one of many dominant groups at this World Cup. That they are not nice chasers, although, is a suggestion they have not been in a position to dispel.

Outcomes and all that apart, the match guarantees an explosive cocktail of firepower with the bat, and thrill with the ball. There’s aesthetics within the type of Devon Conway, Rachin Ravindra and Rassie van der Dussen, big-hitting from Henrich Klaasen, David Miller and Glenn Phillips, and the genius of Quinton de Kock besides.

With the ball, there’s tempo royalty within the type of Kagiso Rabada, the swing of Trent Boult, the hustle of Gerald Coetzee, and the bounce of Marco Jansen – every of them brings a novel flavour that makes quick bowling thrilling. If all of them play, it will really mark a spectacle.

Now for a superb pitch and nice climate to make all of it come collectively.

Kind information

New Zealand LLWWW (Final 5 accomplished ODIs, most up-to-date first)
South Africa WWWLW

Within the highlight – Temba Bavuma and Rachin Ravindra

In a prime order that has principally been in prime gear, Temba Bavuma appears some form of a weak hyperlink in the mean time for South Africa. He has had begins in three of his 4 innings, however hasn’t been in a position to prime 35. As such, Bavuma is an accumulator, however has appeared anxious at totally different occasions to interrupt out of that mould. It hasn’t labored but. Whereas there isn’t a risk to his captaincy, he’ll desire a huge rating to really feel a bit extra comfortable.

Will he? Will not he? Kane Williamson has walked round with extra questions on his health and participation throughout this marketing campaign than he has at some other level in his profession. Williamson is just not match but, however in his absence, Rachin Ravindra has made the No. 3 spot his personal. Williamson’s presence as a part of the management group has lent a whole lot of calm and tactical nous, however he could be itching to return and make an impression. As for Ravindra, he’s already making loads of it.

Workforce information

Kagiso Rabada missed the earlier sport due to a niggle, however is known to be match and is anticipated to return to the XI. That’ll imply South Africa shall be left with a tough name on whom to go away out. Gerald Coetzee and Tabraiz Shamsi each had vital roles to play of their win over Pakistan in Chennai, however one in every of them will most likely need to make approach, relying on the pitch.

South Africa (possible): 1 Temba Bavuma (capt), 2 Quinton de Kock (wk), 3 Rassie van der Dussen, 4 Aiden Markram, 5 Heinrich Klaasen, 6 David Miller, 7 Marco Jansen, 8 Keshav Maharaj, 9 Kagiso Rabada, 10 Gerald Coetzee/Tabraiz Shamsi, 11 Lungi Ngidi

New Zealand have an harm checklist that is slowly rising. Lockie Ferguson bowled all of three overs earlier than strolling off with a heel harm towards Australia. Mark Chapman is recovering from a minor calf pressure. Tim Southee was on the mend for a damaged finger, however may be able to return. Williamson has resumed coaching, however he has been dominated out of the sport towards South Africa, whereas Ferguson will take a health take a look at earlier than the toss.

New Zealand (possible): 1 Will Younger, 2 Devon Conway, 3 Rachin Ravindra, 4 Tom Latham (capt, wk), 5 Daryl Mitchell, 6 Glenn Phillips, 7 Mitchell Santner, 8 Jimmy Neesham, 9 Matt Henry, 10 Trent Boult, 11 Tim Southee/Lockie Ferguson

Pitch and circumstances

Pune is unusually sizzling and dry for this time of the yr, however the surfaces have been good for batting, with even bounce and glorious carry. Within the two video games up to now, dew hasn’t had too huge an impact, however it ought to be humid. The toss may not be too huge an element if the dew stays away.

Stats and trivia

  • Conway has been dismissed twice in six video games by left-arm spin at this World Cup. South Africa have Maharaj within the combine. In all, Conway has hit 17 runs off the 21 balls from bowlers of this selection. It is solely a small pattern measurement however value looking for nonetheless, particularly provided that he loves the sweep shot, and Pune has comparatively larger squares.
  • Ravindra’s tally of 406 runs is already essentially the most by a New Zealander in his maiden World Cup. The standout side has been his sport towards spin – he has scored 210 towards them at a strike fee of 109. His eight sixes are the most towards spinners within the event up to now.
  • South Africa’s seven 300-plus totals in a row batting first in ODIs – together with 4 this World Cup – is the longest streak within the sport. They’ve hit essentially the most sixes and fours, and have essentially the most a whole bunch (six) within the event.
  • South Africa’s tempo pack has taken 44 wickets at a mean and a strike fee of 23.3 and 23.5, respectively. Their wickets tally and their bowling strike fee are the very best for a workforce on this World Cup.
  • Quotes

    “We have a couple of guys to get by way of a couple of health assessments, and I suppose as soon as we practice, we’ll have a clearer concept of what the XI appears to be like like. So fingers crossed all these guys can get by way of a bit of labor at this time at coaching and be able to go tomorrow.”
    Accidents have been a serious concern for Tom Latham

    “It looks like that query may have been requested a couple of days in the past as properly – as regards to Pakistan. So no, no chat actually about that. I imply, that is all up to now. We do not actually carry any of that with us.”
    Rassie van der Dussen is not excited about South Africa’s 5 ODI World Cup losses in a row to New Zealand

    Shashank Kishore is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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