New Zealand cruised to the semi-finals of the World Cup with an easy win against West Indies thanks to an explosive double century by opener Martin Guptill. Brendon McCullum has set the World Cup on fire with his explosive batting but it was the turn of the other opener to showcase his talent against a hapless West Indies bowling line up. Guptill registered the highest score in a World Cup match, only days after Chris Gayle’s double century. New Zealand will face much better opposition in the form of South Africa who has bowlers such as Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel and Philander at their disposal.
Interestingly, Guptill was the first centurion for New Zealand in this World Cup even though the team has put up big scores in different matches. New Zealand plays their seventh semi-final even though they have not won a single semi-final so far. A lot will depend on the duo of Southee and Boult as they have been getting the wickets for New Zealand on a consistent basis throughout the tournament. Boult has been better than even the more experience Southee, but lacks the experience of playing such a big pressure game. Daniel Vettori is the key figure in the bowling department as he has the experience of playing in semi-finals before. It will definitely be his last semi-final so he could turn out to be the best bowler in the match.
South Africa has blown hot and cold in this tournament and same the same fortune as New Zealand in semi-finals. They are yet to win a semi-final while they only just registered their first ever win in a knockout game in World Cup Cricket, against Sri Lanka. The bowling is definitely their strength with Imran Tahir taking the bulk of the wickets against Sri Lankan batsmen, who are known to be good players of spin. However, the wicket at Auckland may not aid spinners too much. The work of the fast bowlers increases even more.
Duminy has been the weak link in the batting while Amla and Miller have been good in patches. AB De Villiers is the best batsmen in limited overs format at this stage and will be the key player for South Africa. South Africa can be weak while chasing a score so the toss will certainly play a role. New Zealand will be without one of the key bowlers, Adam Milne, out due to injury. South Africa should look to attack the incoming bowler, Mitchell McClenaghan, to get an advantage while batting. South Africa can put up a big score if they bat first so they will be favorites if they bat first.
South Africa – 1.80 @ Bet365