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Quarter final Analysis: South Africa vs New Zealand cricket teams in 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup

South Africa vs New Zealand

World Cup win/loss record of South Africa vs New Zealand:

Total matches played: 5

  • South Africa cricket team won: 2
  • New Zealand cricket team won: 3

One day international win/loss record of South Africa cricket team against New Zealand:

Total matches played: 51

  • South Africa cricket team won: 30
  • New Zealand cricket team won: 17
  • No result: 4

The 3rd Quarter-final of 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup will played between South Africa cricket team and New Zealand cricket team at Dhaka on March 25, 2011. South Africa topped Group B with winning 4 matches and losing just 1 against England. New Zealand remained on fourth position in Group A after being defeated by Australia and Sri Lanka. Despite these defeats New Zealand managed to win against Pakistan convincingly. Following are the main strength and weakness of these teams.

Batting Strength and Weakness:

South Africa cricket team has one of the best top-order batting line-up in this world cup. Graeme Smith, Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis and AB de Villiers; they all have been performing well with the bat. But the problem for South Africa is their weak middle-order which consists of players who are new to top cricket. There are more concerns in the New Zealand squad because of their overall weak batting line up. The New Zealand cricket team’s batting mainly rely on players like Brendon McCullum, Martin Guptill and Ross Taylor, if these don’t fire then New Zealand will find itself in deep trouble. New Zealand has got pinch hitters like James Franklin and Jacob Oram who can change the course of match in few overs.

Bowling Strength and Weakness:

Bowling can be considered as the main strength of South African cricket team. This can be evaluated from the fact that in group round South Africa has bowled out its opposition in all matches. South Africa has one of the best line up of fast bowlers. Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel have been able to destroy batting line up of all major teams. In the spinner’s department, South Africa has the option of Imran Tahir, Johan Botha and Robin Peterson; all three spinners have performed well in the current world cup. Robin Peterson of South Africa cricket team is the 2nd highest wicket-taker of this tournament. On the other hand, New Zealand has an average bowling attack; Tim Southee, Kyle Mills and Daniel Vettori are the main striker bowlers for New Zealand cricket team.

Conclusion:

Both teams are highly capable, both have high talent and recourses. South Africa cricket team is famous for choking in key matches while New Zealand has also the tendency of losing knockout matches in major tournaments. So, let’ see what happens in the match.

Result: South Africa choked. New Zealand came out winner defending a low total.

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One Response to “Quarter final Analysis: South Africa vs New Zealand cricket teams in 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup”
  1. roosi says:

    every one must remember there is a year 2014, at that lucky year my loving SAs will be the WORLD CUP CHAMPS! coz v must remember sometimes our ability is nt enough to win our luck also be with us, so my dear SA cricketers arent faliures ,because they got their ability all over everything but in this year 2011 god has just checked us,now dont mind about this wc,JUST FORGET ABOUT IT,SMITH u must be the captain in 2014 also,because u r fans are looking 4 u, I think there must be a small change in the team order,I think SMITH & AB must come as the openers, KALLIS& DUMINY,INGRAM&DUPI,and the rest order is all right, however im with u all the time. LOVE U ALL SOO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!

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