The New Zealand cricket team is all set to take on South Africa in an exciting clash of the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 on Wednesday, November 1 at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune. The two teams have had a good tournament so far and will be keen to win the upcoming game to boost their chances of qualifying for the knockouts.
New Zealand is third on the table with four wins from six matches. However, they have lost their last two games, against India and Australia. They will be keen to make a comeback in the tournament. On the other hand, South Africa is second on the table with five wins from six matches. Their only loss so far has come against the Netherlands in Dharamsala. In this article, we take a look at the key player battles for the New Zealand vs South Africa match in the ICC ODI World Cup 2023.
ICC Cricket World Cup 2023: Key Player Battles for SA vs NZ
Quinton de Kock vs Trent Boult
New Zealand will be hoping to dismiss Quinton de Kock early as the opener has been in terrific form. He is the leading run-scorer so far in the tournament. He has scored 431 runs in six matches at an average of 71.83, including three centuries. New Zealand will rely on Trent Boult to dismiss Quinton de Kock. The pacer has a great record against the South African opener. He has dismissed him five times conceding 68 runs at a strike rate of 81. Boult has taken nine wickets so far in the tournament in six matches.
David Miller vs Mitchell Santner
The contest between David Miller and Mitchell Santner will definitely be the one to watch out for. In five matches, Santner has dismissed Miller two times and has just conceded 14 runs. The South Africa batter has struggled to get going against the spinner. He will be hoping to get the better of him in the upcoming match. Santner has 14 wickets so far in the tournament, while Miller has scored 167 runs.
Rachin Ravindra vs Marco Jansen
Rachin Ravindra is New Zealand’s leading run-scorer in the ICC ODI World Cup 2023. He has scored 406 runs in six matches at an average of 81.20, including two centuries and two fifties. He will be keen to continue his form against South Africa. However, he needs to be wary of Marco Jansen who has also been in good form. Jansen has taken 13 wickets so far in six matches. He will be raring to go against New Zealand and make an impact once again for his team.