Time: 6:30 am IST
Date: 24th March
Venue: Eden Park, Auckland
2 wins separate four sides from claiming the most prestigious trophy in cricket history, the World Cup. Tuesday’s semi final plays host to two such sides who have never had an opportunity to compete in the finale of this prestigious event and fate gives one of them an opportunity to rewrite history.
The Black caps were firm favorites in the world cup and they have left no stone unturned in ensuring that they repay some faith. From Game 1 in the group stages to their quarter final romp against the west Indies, McCullum and his side have been the most dangerous side in the tournament so far. They now face a South African side, who will be determined to shove aside the ‘chokers’ tag and play with a point to prove. Will the Kiwis put up a similar performance Is what is left to be seen. Trent Boult is destroying the opposition with the ball whereas Guptill and McCullum have taken the same responsibility with the bat. The Kiwis have worked together as a team and have shown just why they are the favorites. They need one more win to make history and that is exactly what the home boys will look to do.
South Africa stammered in between but were solid nevertheless to book their semi final spot. Destroying the perennial semi finalists in the Sri Lankans would give them a huge boost ahead of their semi final fixture. Steyn and Tahir were once again at their usual best putting the most experienced of batting line ups to the test. De Kock, Amla and AB too have come to the party on more than one occasion contributing to the side’s success. But in a fixture as big as the semi final against a home side who are expecting full support, South Africa might just find the pressure a little too hot to handle. They do not care much about past reputations their skipper said, but will their ill reputed chokers tag continue to haunt them?
X Factor – Both sides are very similar in structure. They boast of a deep batting line up. They play with three front line seamers. They have a world class spinner each at their disposal and to top it all, they have an explosive batsman in the form of their skippers, who can single handedly change the course of the match. Even Stevens it looks and hence will be a fair competition to watch.
The ICC World Cup Match will be shown live on Star Sports 1 and Star Sports HD 1, while the live-streaming will be available on Starsports.com in the sub-continent.
Those in the UK can see it live on Sky Sports 2 which has been telecasting as Sky Sports World Cup. For live streaming, they can access Sky Go.
Live Score: www.icc-cricket.com
New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Brendon McCullum (capt), Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Grant Elliott, Corey Anderson, Luke Ronchi (wk), Daniel Vettori, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Mitchell McClenaghan/Matt Henry.
South Africa: Quinton de Kock (wk), Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis, Rilee Rossouw, AB de Villiers (capt), David Miller, JP Duminy, Dale Steyn, Kyle Abbott/Vernon Philander, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir.