Today, the current runner-up New Zealand will face South Africa in the 32nd match of the ODI World Cup. The match will be held at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune from 2.00 pm.
Most of the matches in the current World Cup have been one-sided but if two close matches were to be picked, it was South Africa’s one-wicket win over Pakistan in Chennai and the thrilling match between New Zealand and Australia in which they chased down a mammoth target of 388 runs. The New Zealand team was 5 runs behind. Both the teams are contenders to enter the semi-finals, but if the batsmen continue, this match will be exciting. New Zealand has 8 points in 6 matches. After four consecutive wins, the results in Dharamsala did not go in his favor. In such a case, a defeat can open the way for Afghanistan (6 points) and Pakistan (4 points).
On the other hand, if South Africa wins, it will become 12 points and it will reach the semi-finals with India. This competition among batsmen is also about experience. South Africa’s Quinton De Kock, who is playing his last World Cup, has scored 431 runs with three centuries, and on the other hand, young Rachin Ravindra has scored 406 runs for New Zealand.
If South Africa have power hitter Henrik Klaasen, New Zealand have Jimmy Neesham. David Miller is the X factor for South Africa while Daryl Mitchell anchors New Zealand’s batting. Aiden Markram can be compared to Glenn Phillips as both are good spinners in addition to being great batsmen.
New Zealand: Devon Conway, Will Young, Rachin Ravindra, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Latham (capt), Glenn Phillips, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson.
South Africa: Temba Bavuma (capt), Quinton de Kock, Rassie van der Dusen, Aidan Markram, Henrik Klaasen, David Miller, Marco Jansen, Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj, Gerald Coetzee, Lungi Ngidi