New Zealand are going to host South Africa in 2015 cricket world cup semi-final match on 24 March at Eden Park in Auckland. Winner of this match will make it through final of 11th ICC world cup final which is scheduled to play on 29 March. Neither South Africa nor New Zealand have reached to the final of cricket world cup in past 10 tournaments.
The way Proteas defeated Sri Lanka in the quarter-final match it seemed that they are in great touch and ready to win world cup for the first time but they have to beat home team New Zealand to get into finals. South Africa never played a cricket world cup final and will be desperate to reach this time. SA played 1992, 1999 and 2007 cricket world cup semi-finals but failed to qualify in the finals.
For South Africa it seemed that they have got pattern to reach in semis after 1992 as in previous three semi-finals they skipped 1-1 cricket world cup tournament to reach in the semi-final. This time history repeated as well as they didn’t play 2011 world cup semi-final and now appearing in 2015 semifinal. In 2011 ICC world cup South Africa met New Zealand in quarter-final at Dhaka where Kiwis beat them. So Proteas side will be eager to take revenge of that knocked out defeat.
New Zealand team has been unbeaten in the tournament so far and they beat Australia, Sri Lanka, England and West Indies teams to get here in the semifinal. On the other hand South Africa managed to beat West Indies and Sri Lanka in this year’s world cup. Their defeat against India and Pakistan were unexpected.
Bad news for Blackcaps is that their key fast bowler Adam Milne has been ruled out from world cup due to heel injury. Hence Captain Brendon McCullum has to make at least one change from winning XI of last match in tomorrow’s semifinal clash. Matt Henry is included in Kiwi team and for tomorrow’s knockout game we can expect that Kyle Miles or Henry may play Tuesday’s semi-final.
South Africa has got good news as Vernon Philander is now fully fit to be a part of tomorrow’s semifinal battle. Captain Ab De Villers has to take decision whether he wants to go with inform Kyle Abbott or all-rounder Philander. Let’s see who plays semi-final tomorrow. Let’s have a look at the probable playing XIs for South Africa and New Zealand.
Expected Playing 11s
|New Zealand||South Africa|
|Brendon McCullum (Captain)||AB de Villiers (Captain)|
|Daniel Vettori||Quinton de Kock|
|Martin Guptill||Hashim Amla|
|Kane Williamson||Rilee Rossouw|
|Ross Taylor||Faf du Plessis|
|Corey Anderson||JP Duminy|
|Grant Elliott||David Miller|
|Luke Ronchi||Vernon Philander|
|Trent Boult||Imran Tahir|
|Tim Southee||Morne Morkel|
|Kyle Mills||Dale Steyn|
Well it’s really hard to predict one team from these two sides as both are in great form and can beat each other on any occasion. But we have to predict one team for tomorrow’s semi-final. As per Sports Mirchi predictions New Zealand has a little margin over Proteas and they have 51% chances to win.
Whom you’ll support tomorrow, South Africa or New Zealand?