What you need to know about New Zealand vs Proteas

2015-03-23 11:36

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Auckland – These are the important facts ahead of tomorrow’s Cricket World Cup semifinal between New Zealand and South Africa at Eden Park, Auckland.

New Zealand

Martin Guptill has been one of the best performers for New Zealand, scoring 498 runs in the tournament so far. Picture: Anthony Au-Yeung-IDI/IDI via Getty Images

Captain: Brendon McCullum

Coach: Mike Hesson

Squad: McCullum, Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Grant Elliott, Corey Anderson, Daniel Vettori, Luke Ronchi, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Tim Southee, Adam Milne, Trent Boult, Mitchell McClenaghan

Results so far at 2015 World Cup: (played 7: won 7)

Pool matches:

Beat Sri Lanka by 98 runs: A solid batting performance from the batsmen saw New Zealand post 331-6, which the bowling attack easily defended by bundling out Sri Lanka for 233.

Beat Scotland by three wickets: New Zealand skittled Scotland for 142 but then lost seven wickets in a nervous chase to win by three wickets

Beat England by eight wickets: Southee picked up seven wickets for 33 as England were all out for 123. Brendon McCullum then blasted 77 in 25 balls as the co-hosts reached their target in 12.2 overs

Beat Australia by one wicket: New Zealand held their nerve to beat trans-Tasman rivals Australia by one wicket in a low-scoring thriller. Boult took five wickets for New Zealand while Starc did the damage for Australia with six wickets

Beat Afghanistan by six wickets: Vettori stifled Afghanistan with four wickets for just 18 runs off his 10 overs and then McCullum hit 42 off 19 balls as New Zealand chased down the 187-run target with six wickets in hand

Beat Bangladesh by three wickets: Mohammad Mahmudullah’s 128 took Bangladesh to 288-7 but it was not enough as Guptill scored 105 to help his team to victory after early hiccups

Quarterfinal:

Beat West Indies by 143 runs: Guptill scored a World Cup record 237 not out to help New Zealand reach 393-6. West Indies could only muster 250 in reply despite a rapid 61 from Chris Gayle

Top performers:

Guptill (498 runs): With two hundreds, including an unbeaten double-century, Guptill has been the ideal opening partner for the aggressive McCullum. He has carried on when the captain has departed early.

Boult (19 wickets): The left-arm paceman has been unplayable on occasions with the new ball and his partnership with Southee at the start has been very fruitful for New Zealand.

Key to beating the Proteas: If New Zealand’s batsmen make a strong start they have shown they have the firepower to make huge totals. But against Australia, they showed their middle-order is vulnerable to pressure.

AB de Villiers will need to play a key role in the Proteas semifinal against New Zealand. Picture: Matt King/Getty Images

South Africa

Captain: AB de Villiers

Coach: Russell Domingo

Squad: De Villiers, Hashim Amla, Kyle Abbott, Farhaan Behardien, Quinton de Kock, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Aaron Phangiso, Vernon Philander, Rilee Rossouw and Dale Steyn.

Results so far at 2015 World Cup (played 7: won 5, lost 2):

Pool matches:

Beat Zimbabwe by 62 runs: Miller and Duminy starred in a record 256-run fifth wicket stand to sink Zimbabwe

Lost to India by 130 runs: Could not contain India’s top order and imploded while chasing

Beat West Indies by 257 runs: De Villiers blasted a 66-ball 162 not out and they shot out West Indies in 34th over

Beat Ireland by 201 runs: Centuries by Amla and Du Plessis set the tone for another huge win

Lost to Pakistan by 29 runs on D/L method: Bowled out Pakistan in 47th over but faltered in chase

Beat UAE by 146 runs: Solid middle order batting laid foundation for easy win

Quarterfinal:

Beat Sri Lanka by nine wickets: Tahir took four wickets and Duminy a hat-trick as South Africa bowled Sri Lanka out for just 133. The chase was a formality with the Proteas reaching their target in 18 overs.

Best performances:

De Villiers (417 runs): Enhanced his 360-degree batting reputation with scintillating shot-making. Fourth in the run-getters’ list with a 144-plus strike rate.

Tahir (15 wickets): Journeyman legspinner who has excelled at the World Cup on turning wickets, taking five wickets against west Indies and four against Sri Lanka.

Key to beating New Zealand: Need to contain New Zealand’s batsmen on the small Eden Park pitch where they lost to Pakistan. Will have to control their nerves if chasing. De Villiers is the key.

New Zealand vs South Africa:

Total played: 61

New Zealand won 20, South Africa won 36, no result 5

At Eden Park:

Played 6: New Zealand won 3, South Africa won 3

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