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World Cup 2019, Match25- NZ Vs SA, Preview: Proteas Aim To Script An Act Of Perfect Revenge

It is often said that the scars of big defeats take a lot of time to get healed up properly and something similar happened with South Africa when they suffered a heartening loss at the hands of New Zealand in the semi-finals of the 2015 World Cup. The Kiwis managed to get over the line with one ball remaining to leave the South African players in tears. In the 25th match of the ICC World Cup 2019 extravaganza, the two teams will once again meet at Edgbaston in Birmingham on June 19, Wednesday.

Along with India, New Zealand is the only team, that hasn’t lost a match thus far in the 2019 edition of the World Cup. But the Kiwis haven’t played cricket over the last 10 days as their last match against India at the Trent Bridge in Nottingham got washed off due to rain. With three resounding victories under their belt, the Black Caps have an incredible Net Run Rate of +2.163, the highest among all the teams.

On the other hand, South Africa won their first game of the mega event against Afghanistan by nine wickets (DLS Method). The Faf du Plessis-led team is yet to bring out their A-game and it’s high time that they do so as a defeat in the next game could put their campaign in the doldrums.

Head to Head Battle

Matches

New Zealand

South Africa

No Result

Overall (65)

22

38

5

In World Cup (7)

5

2

 

New Zealand’s likely Playing XI

The Black Caps won’t want to change their winning combination from the previous match. Colin Munro and Martin Guptill started with a couple of half-centuries. Both succumbed to low scores in the last two encounters. Kane Williamson has scored runs at an average of 119 but needs to work on his strike-rate, which is currently at 69.59. Ross Taylor has been their most fluent batsman with a strike-rate of 90.90.

Tom Latham hasn’t got going yet. In the bowling department, the experienced Trent Boult is yet to come into his own. Lockie Ferguson has bowled with pace and venom. Neesham also got his maiden five-wicket haul versus the Afghans. Colin de Grandhomme and Mitchell Santner are the other all-rounders in the lineup along with Neesham. Matt Henry has also been amongst the wickets.

Probable XI: Colin Munro, Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wk), James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult.

South Africa’s likely Playing XI

The Proteas are likely to bring in Lungi Ngidi, who has recovered from the hamstring injury he sustained during the match versus Bangladesh. The speedster may replace left-armer Beuran Hendricks, who replaced Dale Steyn in the squad. Their batting is yet to get in flow. After three failures, Hashim Amla got an unbeaten 41 in the previous match, but he took 83 balls to score those runs.

Quinton de Kock has arguably been their best batsmen with 186 runs at an average of 46.50. Their bowling has been reasonable. Imran Tahir is the leading wicket-taker with eight scalps. Andile Phehlukwayo and Chris Morris have made breakthroughs. The concern lies with Kagiso Rabada, who is yet to find his rhythm, though the youngster has picked up five wickets.

Probable XI: Quinton de Kock (wk), Hashim Amla, Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis (c), Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir, Lungi Ngidi.

Match Timings- 3:00 pm IST and 10:30 local

Broadcast Details- Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD.

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