The Big Match Day in Pune
On November 1, cricket enthusiasts will witness a thrilling showdown between New Zealand and South Africa in Pune. The Kiwis are desperate to avoid a hat-trick of losses, while the Proteas aim to reclaim the top position on the points table.
A Clash of Titans
This encounter at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune is a true clash of Titans. New Zealand and South Africa, both top teams in the ICC World Cup 2023, have been impressive throughout the tournament.
South Africa has won five out of their six matches, with their sole loss against the Netherlands. New Zealand, on the other hand, has faced two defeats out of their six matches, losing narrowly to India and Australia. The match against Australia was decided on the last delivery, highlighting the Kiwis’ need to win close contests if they aspire to lift the trophy.
In their 71 ODIs against each other, South Africa has won 41, New Zealand 25, and five matches ended without a result. However, when it comes to World Cup encounters, New Zealand has dominated, having not lost to South Africa in the past 24 years. In the eight World Cup matches played so far, New Zealand has won six and South Africa two.
Fantasy Team Lineup
Expect an exciting contest with fantasy team stars including Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock, Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, Will Young, Devon Conway, Rachin Ravindra, Marco Jansen, Kagiso Rabada, Trent Boult, and Matt Henry.
The Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune typically offers favorable conditions for batsmen. Fast bowlers might find some early swing and seam movement, but precision in line and length is crucial. The toss-winning team often opts to bowl first, with only four out of nine ODIs won by the team batting first.
The match will start with temperatures as high as 32 degrees, gradually cooling down. The humidity is expected to be relatively low at 43%, and there is no forecast of rain, according to Weather.com.
Google’s win probability gives South Africa a 56% chance of winning the match. CricTracker expects South Africa to secure their sixth win, regardless of who bats first, although they anticipate a close contest. MyKhel predicts a New Zealand win, especially if they bat first, highlighting the importance of this match for the Black Caps’ semifinal aspirations. South Africa’s chasing skills have been less impressive in the tournament.