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Revised Palying Conditions
- Match has beeen reduced to 43 overs per side.
- Three bowlers can bowl a maximun of 9 overs and two can bowl 2 overs.
- NZ powerplay will be 9 overs and batting power play will be 4 overs.
- Kiwis target will be adjusted according Duckworth-Lewis
Rain stops play.Its already been one hour since the play has stopped,so we are gonna lose overs from this juncture.Covers are still on at 1038hrs IST.New Zealand wont mind wash out game at this juncture.
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Its semi Final one on Tuesday between New Zealand and South Africa.South Africa played world cup for the first time in 1992.Since then they have reached Semi final on four occasions.New Zealand has reached the penultimate stage five times before.But None of the teams could make in to Apex level even for once.
In 2015 one of these teams will go on to make to final debut .One of the team is unbeaten and the other are the hot favourites of the tournament.Both teams are lead by aggressive players in terms of both leadership and batting.
South Africa’s voyage in this in tournament hasn’t been a smooth run so far.But, they were never let down and came out with all guns blazing in the following match.They had bitter Experience against India and Pakistan in their pool stage.Credit has to be given to AB de Villiers for backing his players all the time.
Quinton De kock is the only player in South Africa to make his impact and justify his skipper’s faith in him.He showed some signs of resurrection in quarters but that came under no pressure whatsoever.
Dale Steyn has a pretty ordinary tournament so far and his services are important with the new ball.Veron Philander is all set to comeback after an injury in place of Kyle Abott.One should feel sorry for kyle Abbott to sit out after an incredible performance in Quarters.But,South Africa will want to play with their best eleven to make their final début.
New Zealand are the hosts lead by Brendon Mccullum.No one would have thought that their voyage would be so smooth in this tournament.They have smashed every team with no mercy which didn’t exclude their co-hosts Australia.McCullumn hasn’t been on defensive mode till now.He is looking this as a 40 over format .He gave Trent boult new ball on every occasion and made him bowl out in first 20 overs.On every single occasion Trent obliged his skippers request.
Adam Milne was ruled out of the tournament due to heel injury.He is likely to be replaced by Matt Henry who is also express pace blower.Mitchell Mcleneghan will give a tough contention for him .
Both teams have faced in quarters in 2011 which was won by Kiwis by 49 runs.There were some controversial decisions made in the tournament.
Both teams never progressed from this stage.South Africa are Definitely favourites on paper .But going on current form ,New Zealand will definitely fancy their Chances.
Rain is on the cards according to local forecast.There is reserve day allotted if we an abandoned game tomorrow.If Reserve day also Washes out,NZ will progress to world cup final as they stood higher at the end of league stage.
“Any game you play, some get more nervous than others but the general feeling is that we can’t wait to get out there and test our skills against a very good South African team and in a crunch game. The way we dealt with the expectations of the last game should hold is us in reasonable stead.”
“It would be silly to focus too much on the cricket they’ve played. They’ve played really well but if we play to our full potential, no one is going to stop us. I need to make sure they are confident mentally and fresh physically.”
AB de Villiers
New Zealand: 1 Martin Guptill, 2 Brendon McCullum (capt), 3 Kane Williamson, 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Grant Elliott, 6 Corey Anderson, 7 Luke Ronchi (wk), 8 Daniel Vettori, 9 Tim Southee, 10 Trent Boult, 11 Mitchell McClenaghan
South Africa: 1 Quinton de Kock (wk), 2 Hashim Amla, 3 Faf du Plessis, 4 Rilee Rossouw, 5 AB de Villiers (capt), 6 David Miller, 7 JP Duminy, 8 Dale Steyn, 9 Kyle Abbott/Vernon Philander, 10 Morne Morkel, 11 Imran Tahir