New Zealand vs. South Africa
|Date & Time||Wednesday June 19, 2019, 5:30 AM (EDT)|
South Africa +120 / India -150
New Zealand and South Africa are set to play each other at Edgbaston in Birmingham. New Zealand eliminated South Africa in the semifinals in 2014 so this will be a good chance for the two teams to reignite the rivalry.
South Africa finally managed to win a game as the team defeated Afghanistan in their last outing. The Proteas have 3 points after 5 games and while things look bleak, they still have a chance of qualifying for the semifinals. It was a big win for South Africa as they bowled out Afghanistan for 125 runs before chasing down the total within 29 overs. Imran Tahir was the star performer for South Africa as the leg spinner took 4 wickets at an economy rate of 4.1. Chris Morris also showed his skills by taking 3 wickets. The strength of South Africa’s bowling has been evident throughout this tournament but they managed to fire as a unit and that delivered a strong result. South Africa’s batting also showed some promise as Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla finally got some runs. De Kock was dominant as he scored 68 runs which Amla complimented by scoring an unbeaten 41. South Africa still have the ability to revive their campaign but they must win this match.
New Zealand didn’t play their previous match following rain in Nottingham which resulted in them splitting the points with India. While New Zealand remain unbeaten, the team is yet to be tested by a major opposition and there are still big questions around the ability of this team. Matt Henry and Lockie Ferguson have both been very dangerous for New Zealand but neither player has proven their ability against top batting units. The New Zealand batting has looked shaky at times with a heavy reliance of Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor. The Kiwis are in a good position with 7 points but they will know that they must beat teams like South Africa if they wish to properly challenge for the title.
Edgbaston has always been a good batting pitch. With the likes of Taylor, Williamson, Du Plessis and Amla playing in this match, both South Africa and New Zealand will expect a high scoring contest.
New Zealand remain unbeaten and they have beaten all 3 weaker teams in the competition. It is fair to say that this team hasn’t been tested properly but with a wash-out against India, the Kiwis should qualify for the semifinals. That being said, I see them struggling in this match. South Africa seem to have found their winning momentum against Afghanistan and this team is very dangerous when they are in good form. New Zealand have struggled against spin in recent times and I see the Kiwis getting undone by an inform Imran Tahir. South Africa have the players to beat New Zealand and with a win under their belt, I see them ending New Zealand’s unbeaten run.