Published: Wed, June 19, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Ish Sodhi congratulated by Black Caps teammates ahead of World Cup debut

Ish Sodhi congratulated by Black Caps teammates ahead of World Cup debut

They sit at second place on the World Cup leaderboard, with seven points. South Africa will have to win this match and the remaining matches to stay in the World Cup.

The last time South Africa and New Zealand had met in the World Cup, it had left the two teams with entirely different emotions.

South Africa lost their opening three games and had their match against the West Indies washed out by rain, denting their chances of a top-four finish.

So far this World Cup has yet to fire and a large reason for that is a lack of close games.

New Zealand went on to lose to the 2015 final to Australia, but that semi-final win in Auckland remains one of the proudest moments in the country's cricketing history.

Trent Boult only has three wickets in the Cricket World Cup so far but says he's not anxious about his form.

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The South Africans, and their fans back home, will be hoping that the inclement weather does not come to pass much in the same manner it sounded a warning ahead of their win over Afghanistan.

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.

"I think before our first game that we played against England, we were in a pretty good space also then, mentally and with our preparation", he said. "It's a must win in their tournament", said Boult. While both the teams are definitely two of the biggest powerhouses of the game, they are going through a contrasting phase at the moment.

Leg-spinner Imran Tahir, who yet again produced a match-winning spell by claiming four wickets against Afghanistan, will be in focus against New Zealand.

Play on Thursday starts at 11:30 (SA time). That they've played against weaker opposition is also a factor but you still need to get the job done.

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