South Africa Playing XI – Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (WK), Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis (C), Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi (IN for Beuran Hendricks), Imran Tahir.
New Zealand Playing XI (UNCHANGED) – Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (C), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (WK), Jimmy Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult.
South Africa skipper, Faf du Plessis says they would have bowled first as well as the pitch was under the cover. Says it’s been a long time since they defeated New Zealand in the World Cup and reckons the Kiwis are a good side and they need to be at their best. On the last win, he says people might say it was just Afghanistan but it was very important to get the win and it was a complete performance. Informs Lungi Ngidi is back in the playing XI and he hopes that the big fast bowler will make an impact.
New Zealand skipper, Kane Williamson says they are fielding first looking at the weather and says that the pitch won’t change much. On his team, he says they are playing the same side. On whether the break was good, Williamson says they had a few days off which is important in this long tournament. On their record against South Africa in the World Cup, he replies it is irrelevant as South Africa are a good side and they need to play well today if they want to win.
TOSS – After a delay of more than an hour, we are ready for the toss. Both the captains along with the match referee are here for it. New Zealand skipper, Kane Williamson has the coin in his hand. South Africa skipper, Faf du Plessis calls Heads but it lands in favour of New Zealand. NEW ZEALAND OPT TO BOWL FIRST.
Welcome to the coverage of Match 25 of World Cup 2019. We are finally all set to get underway after all the delay due to the wet outfield. Just for your information, this is now a 49-overs-per-side game. Unbeaten New Zealand take on South Africa. A very important clash for both the sides for different reasons. A win here for New Zealand will take them back to the top of the table. The Kiwis come into this contest after having almost a week’s rest. Kane Williamson’s side has been excellent so far this tournament but this will be the real test for them after their clash against India was abandoned due to rain. South Africa, on the other hand, finally got a win in this tournament in their last fixture against Afghanistan. They have no time to relax as they need to win all their remaining fixtures to stay in the hunt for a place in the semi-finals. Faf du Plessis will be hoping his side can build on some momentum from the last encounter and stay alive in the tournament. An intriguing clash awaits us. Stay tuned for it as the toss is not far away.