The South African team is set to lock horns with New Zealand in the ongoing World Cup 2023 clash at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune. Both of these teams have had a wholesome tournament so far as the proteas side have sealed victorious in 5 games out of 6 matches. The New Zealand on the other side, have lost 2 games out of their 6 matches so far. As per the points table rankings, New Zealand are standing at the 3rd spot with 4 wins and 2 losses from their 6 matches while South Africa are placed at the 2nd spot with 5 wins and one loss from their 6 matches.
If the Kiwis are looking to lift the trophy, they have to win close matches. Going by the history, the two teams have faced each other in 71 ODIs so far. The Proteas have come victorious in 41 of those games while New Zealand have won 25.
In a total of eight World Cup games, the Blackcaps have sealed victory in 6 games while the Proteas 2. Citing to DLS method, the Kiwis won two games in 2003 and 2015 while South Africans won thrice in 1992, 2007, and 2019.
Talking about the pitch condition, the wicket of Pune has always been known to help batters. However, it might offer a bit of help to the seamers but then it will not be easy. As of now, a total of nine ODIs have been played at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune where only four matches have been won by teams batting first.
New Zealand squad: Kane Williamson (c), Trent Boult, Mark Chapman, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, Mitch Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Will Young.
South Africa squad: Temba Bavuma (c), Gerald Coetzee, Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Marco Jansen, Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen, Lizaad Williams.