South Africa and New Zealand are going to meet in the first semi-final match of ICC world cup 2015 today at Auckland. This knockout match will be relying on several individual battles that can decide the winner of match and make it through final for the first time. New Zealand and South Africa haven’t appeared in a cricket world cup final.
Let’s have a look at the top five key battles for South Africa vs New Zealand semifinal game.
McCullum vs Steyn
This is going to be one of the key battles in today’s semifinal as both Brendon McCullum and Dale Steyn are aggressive in nature. One is used to bowl first whereas other one believes to hit the ball as fast as he can. Steyn hasn’t been in so great form these days but he showed in last match against Sri-Lanka that he was pumping up for big challenges.
Brendon McCullum will be a tough challenge for Proteas bowling and Steyn. If McCullum survives then South Africans will get big trouble and may get fail to stop Blackcaps for putting big runs on the scoreboard.
Amla vs Boult
Hashim Amla is in good form and he is the key batsman for Proteas team in today’s semi-final as he has been scoring runs and playing good cricket. On the other hand Trent Boult is the leading wicket taker in the tournament and he’ll have to bowl solid Amla who can put pressure on Boult with his aggressive and stable game.
Williamson vs Morkel
New Zealand’s rising third number batsman Kane Williamson will be crucial player to decide final’s fate for Kiwis. He hasn’t shown his class and impressive batting in this world cup so far but he is a champion player and score big runs on big occasions. Morne Morkel will be giving tough challenge to Williamson to score runs today as Proteas bowler bowls really well with his height and bounce. Will be interesting to watch out this clash today.
De Villiers vs Vettori
One of the most destructive batsmen in current world AB De Villiers will be the vital part for his team in 1st semi-final. He has played some excellent match winning innings in this tournament so far to achieve world cup win dream. Now if he is looking to win world cup, he needs to play Kiwi champion bowler Daniel Vettori.
Everyone knows that de Villiers feels a bit uncomfortable against spinners in the starting phase of his inning. Hence New Zealand management also focused on it and South African Captain can find Vettori to bowl as he arrives on crease. So will be interesting to see how he plays Daniel.
Du Plessis vs Southee
Faf Du Plessis is the backbone of Proteas batting line-up and Tim Southee is the crucial bowler for Blackcaps in semifinal today. With Boult, Southee has bowled really well in different situations to get wickets and stop runs. On the other hand Du Plessis has played brilliant knocks to give strengthen to South Africa. It will be interesting how Faf tackles pacey bowling from Southee.
Which battle are you waiting to watch, What do you say about these 5 battles?