Things are getting heated up in the ODI World Cup and now in match 32, two of the top teams, New Zealand & South Africa, will meet at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune on Wednesday.
South Africa has done immensely well for themselves in the tournament and they are now at the 2nd spot in the point table with 5 wins and a net run rate of +2.032.
In the last 5 ODIs, South Africa has hit 53 sixes with the highest being 19 against Bangladesh and the lowest being 8 against Pakistan and Australia.
The betting tip is...
South Africa will hit over 8.5 sixes
The Kiwis witnessed the end of the winning streak against India and that loss took their overall performance off the track and they witnessed another loss against Australia. With two consecutive losses, New Zealand will be eying a comeback and regain their winning momentum in the upcoming fixture.
In a high-scoring affair against Australia, New Zealand’s bowling unit struggled since the beginning of the match. They were unable to scalp early wickets and control the game. Trent Boult and Glenn Phillips picked up 3 wickets each at an economy of 7.70 and 3.70 respectively. Mitchell Santner contributed with two wickets but displayed an economy of 8.
On the batting front, Devon Conway (28 off 32) and Will Young (32 off 37) failed to give the team a stable start. It was an exceptional performance from Rachin Ravindra (116 off 89) that gave a major push to the team’s overall score. Daryl Mitchell (54 off 51) and James Neesham (58 off 39) played strong innings but failed to score a win for the team.
Rachin Ravindran will be the key player for the Kiwis as he is currently the third-highest scorer of the tournament with 406 runs in 6 matches at an average of 81.20.
Trent Boult, Rachin Ravindra, and Lockie Ferguson will be the crucial players for the Kiwis.
Predicted Lineup: Devon Conway, Will Young, Rachin Ravindra, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Latham (c & wk), Glenn Phillips, Mark Chapman, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult
The Proteas are on a winning spree and they bounced back well enough after witnessing an upset against the Netherlands. A win against Pakistan was a thrilling one and that will be a major boost for the players for the upcoming fixtures.
Bowling first, Marco Jansen & Tabraiz Shamsi kept the game in control by picking up 3 & 4 wickets respectively. Gerald Coetzee contributed by scalping 2 wickets at an economy of 6. The MCA pitch is a favourable pitch for pacers and hence Marco Jansen and Lungi Ngidi will be the game changers.
On the batting front, It was a not good start as Temba Bavuma (28 off 27), Quinton de Kock (24 off 14), and Rassie van der Dussen (21 off 39 failed to give the team a good start. It was Aiden Markram (91 off 93) who saved the day for the team. The primary concern for the team management will be the consistent failure of skipper Temba Bavuma as it is hurting the team at the top order.
Quinton de Kock will be a crucial player for the team as he is the highest scorer in the tournament with 431 runs in 6 fixtures at an average of 71.83.
Tabraiz Shamsi will be making it to the playing XI again because of his exceptional performance in the last fixture.
Predicted Lineup: Quinton de Kock (wk), Reeza Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram (c), Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Marco Jansen, Gerald Coetzee, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi
Both teams are evenly matched and have some of the best players in the tournament. Kiwis and Proteas both have good batting depth with ferocious pace attacks.
The only aspect which is missing out with South Africa is their top-order problems where Temba Bavuma has been unsuccessful in making an impact.
We predict a win for New Zealand as they have a much more balanced squad with every department performing consistently.