South Africa Take On New Zealand As The Battle for Top 4 Intensifies

Following the carnage last night which saw England thrash Afghanistan for an easy win,  the currently two top-ranked teams, New Zealand and South Africa will take on each other in Birmingham.

Two crucial points are at stake as the Proteas will look to end the Black Caps’ undefeated World Cup campaign. Even the Pakistani camp and fans will have their eyes on this contest, because how it goes may well have a bearing on the national team’s chances to qualify to the top 4.

Here are the important match details:

Match Details

  • Match Time: 2:30 pm PST
  • Venue: Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Birmingham
  • Weather: Rain is likely to play a role in today’s match
  • Toss: To be decided

Team Updates

Lungi Ngidi has been declared fit which comes as great news for South Africa and the fans. New Zealand, on the other hand, will have to see whether they can field another spinner Ish Sodhi in place of Colin de Grandhomme.

Probable Playing XIs

New Zealand

Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (C), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (WK), James Neesham, Ish Sodhi, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult

South Africa

Quinton de Kock (WK), Hashim Amla, Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis (C), Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir

Players to Watch Out For

New Zealand

Trent Boult hasn’t had the wickets to show for his brilliant bowling in this World Cup, however, he will be a huge threat to South Africa’s top order in overcast conditions.

South Africa

The fast bowling duo of Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi makes South Africa’s bowling look formidable. They will have to be at their absolute best to rattle New Zealand batters.


In the last 5 matches, South Africa has won three while the Kiwis came on top two times. Their previous World Cup meeting was the big semi-final clash where New Zealand trumped AB de Villiers’ men to book their place in the grand final.

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