New Zealand is all set to face South Africa in its semi-finals battle on Tuesday in Auckland.
Let’s take a sneak-peak on the star players of these international giants making it big till now and players to watch out for as they gear up to rack against each other.
South Africa (3rd rank in ODIs)
The challenge is mounting at the right time. The team after losing to India in the league stages seems to have taken the pain seriously as the match has made the South Africans emerge as one of the strongest teams of this World Cup.
Inspirational South Africa dumped Sri Lanka out of the World Cup series after finishing second in Pool B. The match perfectly exhibited the talent existing within the team and how it is probable of thieving the storm from others.
Well, without any doubt, Captain AB De Villiers would be the most important player for South Africa tomorrow as all eyes would on him. He has scored 417 runs so far and if he runs parallel to his unbeaten score of 162 off 66 balls against West Indies, the first semi-finals would definitely be electrifying.
South Africa also boasts of players such as Faf du Plessis, David Miller and Hashim Amla who dominate the batting for the team whereas bowling will once again revolve around pacer Dale Steyn.
Also, spinner Imran Tahir is expected to use his tactics to trap the batsmen and add to his sparkling kitty of wickets.
Not to forget is spinner JP Duminy here who became the only bowler of South Africa with a World Cup hat-trick.
Players to watch out for:
AB de Villiers: Total – 7 Matches, Runs – 417 runs, One Century and Two fifties so far
David Miller: Total – 7 Matches, Runs – 275 runs, One Century
Imran Tahir: Total – 7 Matches, Wickets – 15
Morne Morkel: Total – 7 Matches, Wickets – 14
New Zealand (4th rank in ODIs)
New Zealand is the only team along with India to have remained unbeaten this World Cup. The co-host of the tournament has benefitted the most from the local conditions and shown an epic series of matches through league stages.
Martin Guptill’s 237* against West Indies in quarter-finals was one of the things to watch this World Cup season.
Marked by a big win at Wellington against West Indies, New Zealand is now gearing up strongly to play against South Africa on Tuesday at semi-finals.
The home fans, this time in Auckland will once against provide their superstars with incredible support they deserve.
On one hand, where all eyes would be stuck at Captain Brendon McCullum, Martin Guptill on the other, with his record breaking performance has ensured to grab an equal amount of attention too. He became the second highest ODI scorer. With two straight centuries this World Cup, fans certainly are waiting for a hat-trick now.
New Zealand evidently has strong bowling to defend any total. Trent Boult and Tim Southee will be seen in forefront in the Auckland’s attack tomorrow at the semi-finals. Adam Milne and Daniel Vettori too will be seen with high expectations to bowl a web.
Players to watch out for:
Martin Guptill: Total – 7 Matches, Runs – 498, smashed double-ton against West Indies in the quarter-final
Brendon McCullum: Total – 7 Matches, Runs – 269 runs from seven matches, three fifties so far
Kane Williamson: Total – 7 Matches, Runs – 216, Fifties – 1
Trent Boult: Total – 7 Matches, Wickets – 19, Best figure- 5/27