South Africa would be preparing themselves for all the troubles when they come head to head against New Zealand in the 25th fixture of ICC World Cup 2019. The match is all set to be played at Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Birmingham on Wednesday.
South Africa must be looking forward to sticking to the winning momentum after showing a clinical performance with their bat and the ball and engraved their first victory of the tournament. At present, South Africa is on the 8th spot with three points in their pocket.
New Zealand, on the other hand, would be satisfied with their performance so far in the tournament so far. The major aim of the Kiwis is to not break their winning momentum. They are on the 2nd spot with 7 points in their pockets.
From Guide (last five matches):
New Zealand: NR, W, W, W, L
South Africa: W, NR, L, L, L
When and Where:
NZ vs SA, Match 24, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019
Tuesday, June 19, 2019
3:00 PM IST
Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Birmingham
Ross Taylor: He could be an X-factor for this game. Taylor is the most experienced Kiwi player with 8000 runs with 20 centuries. Taylor has always performed at the ICC tournaments. Taylor holds an average of 36.60 against South Africa with the highest score being 102 runs.
Taylor has played four ODI at this venue and has scored 137 runs at an average of 45.67.
K Rabada: This player made his impact in this IPL season. Rabada is capable of trouble any batsmen at a pitch. He could be a game-changer for South Africa and is even expected to remove the ‘Chokers’ tag off their jersey. Rabada has bagged 11 Kiwi’s wickets in just 51 overs and has an economy of 4.25.
Kane Williamson (c), Tom Blundell (wk), Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham (wk), Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee (vc), Ross Taylor
Faf du Plessis (c), Quinton de Kock (vc & wk), David Miller, JP Duminy, Hashim Amla, Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, Dwaine Pretorius, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Imran Tahir, Tabraiz Shamsi
Probable playing 11:
Kane Williamson (captain), Tom Latham (wk), Ross Taylor, Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Mitchell Santner, James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Trent Boult.
Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (wk), Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis (Captain), Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Chris Morris, Imran Tahir, Kagiso Rabada, Andile Phehlukwayo, Beuran Hendricks.
Fantasy picks from New Zealand:
Kane Williamson is coming after an unbeaten 79 runs against Afghanistan. He is in form and has an average of nearly 70. Williamson has an average of 40.29 against South Africa with highest being 145*.
Lockie Ferguson has been exceptional with the ball so far. He has bagged eight wickets in three games and has an economy of 3.88.
Trent Boult has a good record at the venue. He has bagged 5 wickets in 14 overs with best being 5/55. You can choose him as your vice-captain.
Fantasy pick from South Africa:
Hashim Amla has played two games at this venue and has scored 97 runs at an average of 48.50. You can choose him as your captain. He is a bit familiar with the pitch.
Quinton de Kock is in form these days. He has scored 186 runs in 5 innings in this world cup so far with a couple of half-centuries.
I Tahir has bagged eight wickets at an economy of 5.54. He is leading wicket-taker for South Africa and would definitely trouble the batsmen.