On Wednesday, the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 second placed team, New Zealand will face South Africa. Both come into the match on the back of wins and abandoned games for the both teams. However, the Kiwis have never lost a single game, while the Proteas have won one game out of a potential 4. South Africa are desperate to get another win as they have been in very poor form.
The two teams have met on 7 occasions and the Kiwis have won five of them, with the Proteas sealing victory in the other two. South Africa lead in the highest score score tally with a score of 306 to New Zealand’s’ 299. However, the Blackcaps lead in the lowest score tally, with 177 compared to 172.
Predicted Playing 11
New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Colin Grandhomme, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult.
South Africa: Quinton de Kock, Hashim Amla, Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Lungi Ngidi, Kagiso Rabada Imran Tahir
Weather and pitch report
The match takes place at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham. On this pitch, spinners could flourish, though it could also be a batsman’s paradise. Sadly, as has been the case ever so often, the rain could play spoilsport, especially in the first half of the day. However, if it clears in the latter half, it could benefit the seamers.
Prediction for match result
The pressure is on the Proteas to rise up the table and somehow sneak into the top 4. So far, they have endured a miserable campaign at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Out of four potential matches, they lost 3 and won one match, against Afghanistan.
New Zealand, on the other hand, have yet to lose a single match. They only missed out on playing against India when that match was washed out.
In conclusion, this South Africa vs New Zealand ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 game should go in the Kiwis’ favour. South Africa, are largely considered the underdogs due to their poor form.