The third quarter-final of the World Cup sees New Zealand clashing with South Africa. The venue is the Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, where Pakistan thumped West Indies two days ago.
The third quarter-final of the World Cup sees New Zealand clashing with South Africa. The venue is the Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, where Pakistan thumped West Indies two days ago.

 

By Dileep V

 

The third quarter-final of the World Cup sees New Zealand clashing with South Africa. The venue is the Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, where Pakistan thumped West Indies two days ago.

 

Losing to England was the only blot in their World Cup campaign for South Africa, while New Zealand’s win against Pakistan was their only success story. 

 

Head to head

 

South Africa have won 30 of the 51 matches played between the sides. They also have an upper hand when playing in neutral venues with a 12-6 win-loss record.  New Zealand can take heart from the fact that they have a better record in the World Cups against the South Africans.

 

 

Matches

NZ win

SA win

No Result

Overall

51

17

30

4

Neutral Venues

18

6

12

0

In World Cup

5

3

2

0

 

Top order in fine nick

 

Ross Taylor has been in awesome form in this tournament with 245 runs in four Innings. His assault against Pakistan was of high class and anything on the leg stump was slogged out of the park. Brendon McCullum and Martin Guptill, too, have chipped in and New Zealand need all the three to fire if they have to oust South Africa. Barring the three, none of the New Zealand batsmen have crossed 100 runs in the tournament and that should be a huge concern.

 

New Zealand batsmen in this World Cup

 

Player

Inns

Runs

Avg

SR

HS

100s/50s

R Taylor

4

245

81.66

100.0

131

1/1

B McCullum

6

239

59.75

94.84

101

1/1

M Guptill

6

222

55.50

73.26

86*

0/2

 

Hashim Amla has been solid at the top order; the same can’t be said about his partner captain Graeme Smith. Though AB de Villiers has two hundreds, one of them has come against an Associate Nation. If New Zealand can get Amla and de Villiers early then they would expose the untested South African middle order.

 

South Africa batsmen in this World Cup

 

Player

Inns

Runs

Avg

SR

HS

100s/50s

AB de Villiers

4

318

106.00

111.18

134

2/1

H Amla

6

299

49.83

86.91

113

1/2

J Duminy

4

221

44.20

101.84

99

0/1

J Kallis

6

178

29.66

76.06

69

0/2

G Smith

5

155

25.83

58.27

45

0/0

 

Spin for South Africa; Pace for New Zealand

 

The spinning duo of Robin Peterson and Imran Tahir have exploited the conditions well and have a bagful of wickets to their credit. Peterson has 14 wickets in six matches at 13.50, while Tahir has bagged 12 in just four games at an outstanding average of 9.83

 

Dale Steyn, with 10 wickets, is the only South African to pick a five wicket haul in this World Cup. Morne Morkel and Jacques Kallis have been a supporting act picking six and five wickets each.

 

If spin was the tune for South Africa, then pace has been the main weapon for New Zealand. Tim Southee leads the chart with 14 wickets, followed by Jacob Oram with eight wickets. Hamish Bennett and Kyle Mills have six wickets each, with the former being slightly expensive and the latter having the best average among the New Zealand bowlers. 

 

The Venue

 

The Shere Bangla Stadium has hosted 47 matches out of which 29 times team chasing has won the match. Pakistan have a good record on this ground winning three of the four matches, while New Zealand have won only once here in six matches.

 

The average score on this ground is 232, but under floodlights it rises up to 265. In World Cups the average score is 237 and 228 in knock-out matches.

 

Win the toss and chase is the mantra on this ground.

 

(Dileep.V is a Scouser fan, Sports freak, Movie buff, Laggard Quizzer and dreams of setting foot on Anfield one day)