ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

Tanya Simon
June 19, 2019

Anything but a victory will nearly certainly mean that they do not qualify for the semi-finals of the 2019 World Cup.

South Africa is under pressure to beat New Zealand as the teams continue their combined 88-year quest for a Cricket World Cup title when they meet at Edgbaston on Wednesday.

"There have always been exciting games between New Zealand and South Africa over the past World Cups", Boult added.

They will enter Wednesday's clash as favourites, but Boult has played against South Africa enough times to know that they will always pose a unsafe threat.

Sodhi, 26, appears to be in the frame for his World Cup debut, as the Black Caps weigh up playing two spinners to face the Proteas.

Among all the teams, New Zealand's bowling unit have the best strike-rate and this means that they pick wickets at such frequency that the opponents don't have the breathing space to recover and rebuild.

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South Africa had been forced to field a depleted pace attack with legendary fast bowler Dale Steyn ruled out of the entire tournament, while Ngidi sat out of three matches. "It's a must win in their tournament", said Boult.

New Zealand, meanwhile, will go top of the group table if they win, having seen off Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan in a gentle start to the competition, and picked up a point after their match against India in Nottingham was rained off.

"I remember hoping like heck that I don't have to bat", he said at Edgbaston on Tuesday. The game will be live on Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD. "We have to win all the games, not just focus on tomorrow", De Kock told reporters in Birmingham.

"Tomorrow (Wednesday NZT) is a quarterfinal, I guess you could say it, but if we do win it, it's another big game again", de Kock said.

"I know them pretty well, a lot of the players". While both the teams are definitely two of the biggest powerhouses of the game, they are going through a contrasting phase at the moment.

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