New Zealand (@1.36) vs South Africa (@3.3)
24-08-2019

Our Prediction:

New Zealand will win

New Zealand – South Africa Match Prediction | 24-08-2019 05:45

Quinton de Kock, Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis and Rassie van der Dussen are South Africa's biggest hopes as far as batting is concerned. Faf du Plessis is among the top ten ODI batsmen in the world and has scored 100 runs in his previous two innings. de Kock has been their most impressive batsman so far in this World Cup with 186 runs in five matches which includes a couple of half-centuries.

South Africa, for that matter, has had a rather sad start in this edition of the World Cup. Theyve always been a decent team; however, theyre in a lot better form and have been playing consistently well. However, they did manage to mark their first win in the ICC World Cup 2019 against Afghanistan. New Zealand has been playing exceptionally well this time around.

He notched a four-wicket haul against Afghanistan and (if played) will look to follow that up with another stellar performance. Trent Boult has managed to pick up only three wickets so far but his ability to swing the ball both ways makes him the danger man with the new ball. Ferguson has been their most successful bowler so far with eight wickets in three games at a very impressive economy of 3.88. Trent Boult, Matt Henry and Lockie Ferguson hold the key to New Zealand's bowling.

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However, they have been facing relatively weaker teams until now and South Africa will be a much stiffer challenge for them. New Zealand, on the other hand, are high on confidence and have the momentum on their side. With Lungi Ngidi back, South Africa now look a stronger bowling unit and we feel that the scales are tipped slightly more in their favor. The Proteas have the upper hand in terms of the recent head-to-head count in ODIs with four wins in the last six encounters. South Africa are under a lot of pressure and they know it very well that one more defeat could throw them out of contention for the race to semi-finals.

It is not going to be easy. We are not sure if Lungi Ngidi is going to be available for this match but the likelihood of him missing out is more. Forget the fact that South Africa has not done well in must-win matches in the past, injuries to their leading fast bowlers have put them in a difficult place.

Quinton de Kock needs to start converting his fifties into centuries and Faf du Plessis must accept the fact that he is South Africas best batsman. Hashim Amla has been making the same mistakes over and over, which for a player of his class and experience is just inexcusable. South Africas senior players must step up and take responsibility.

Rabada with his express pace will always be threatening with the new ball in these conditions while the returnee Lungi Ngidi will shoulder the responsibility of providing the early breakthroughs. Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi and Imran Tahir will pose the biggest threat to the New Zealand batsmen when it comes to bowling. Tahir, with eight wickets at an economy of 5.54, is currently the leading wicket-taker for South Africa in the tournament.

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Kagiso Rabada and Beuran Hendricks are the other two bowlers we have picked for our Dream11 team. Bowlers: Matt Henry and Lockie Ferguson have been very good with the ball and are picking up wickets regularly. Leaving Imran Tahir is a big decision and we may include him after the toss if South Africa bat's first. Henry starts with the new ball while Ferguson takes charge during the end overs.

Pace bowlers Matt Henry and Trent Boult will probably take the new balls. They have not felt the need to make any changes to their side since their opening game against Sri Lanka. But given South Africas weakness against wrist spin, the Black Caps may be tempted to bring in Ish Sodhi. If they do make the change, they would have to leave out one of Lockie Ferguson or Matt Henry. Martin Guptill and Colin Munro will be opening the batting while Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor will be taking up their usual number three and four positions respectively. Mitchell Santner is the lone spinner in the side. New Zealand have no injury worries ahead of their clash against South Africa.

On the other hand, South Africa struggled badly at the start of the World Cup, losing their first three matches before beating Afghanistan. New Zealand have been in phenomenal form throughout the tournament as they have recorded victories in all their matches so far. The 25th match of the ICC World Cup 2019 will see New Zealand and South Africa take on each other at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham.

They have come out on top against the likes of Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka while their match against India was washed out. Meanwhile, New Zealand have shown championship pedigree in their matches. First up is South Africa and New Zealand have nothing to worry with regards to injuries. Now the Kiwis will face much tougher opposition during the business end of the tournament.

Our Match Prediction

South Africa may have struggled to get off the mark in the World Cup but the Proteas clinched a dominant win over Afghanistan in their previous World Cup 2019 match on Saturday in Cardiff. Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla showed glimpses of a return to form as South Africa won by 9 wickets (DLS) wicket. Imran Tahir stole the show with the ball, picking up 4 wickets as Afghanistan were bowled out for 125.

We had seen the batting order of the South Africa team underperform. He remained not out after scoring 41 runs. They chased the target of 126 runs in 28.4 overs. They failed to play good cricket in their opening three matches but in their last match against Afghanistan, they played well. Quinton de Kock was the highest run scorer from their side who scored 68 runs. Hashim Amla also performed well with the bat after a long time.