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19 June, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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South Africa look to keep semi-final hopes alive

Proteas take on NZ today
ICC-Cricket, London

South Africa, who registered their first win of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup by defeating Afghanistan by nine wickets, will face a much stiffer challenge when they take on New Zealand at Edgbaston today.

It was Grant Elliot’s famous “hit into the grandstand” in an enthralling climax which ended South Africa’s World Cup campaign in 2015 and powered New Zealand to their first ever appearance at the finals. While stakes might not be as high for New Zealand when they take the field on Wednesday, for South Africa, the result would determine their contention for the race to the semi-finals.

New Zealand started their World Cup campaign with three consecutive wins before their fixture against India ended in a wash-out at Trent Bridge. The bowlers have been in prime form, having restricted the opposition to a below-par total on each occasion, making things easier for the batsmen. The middle-order, which failed considerably against Bangladesh before Mitchell Santner finished the job, will be put to a stiff test against South Africa.

South Africa, destabilized after three consecutive defeats, put on a complete performance to register a nine-wicket win over Afghanistan in their last game. While Imran Tahir produced another match-winning spell as he picked up four wickets, the century-stand put on by the openers was probably the greatest positive for the Proteas. The top-order will have to shoulder responsibility yet again, as they will be up against an in-form New Zealand bowling unit.

South Africa seamer Lungi Ngidi has confirmed he is “100 per cent” fit for his side’s must-win clash against New Zealand at Edgbaston on Wednesday.

The Proteas’ campaign got off to a slow start, with three defeats in their opening three games and a slew of injuries hampering their progress. Ngidi played just the opening two games, impressing with three wickets against England before suffering a hamstring injury.

“It's been tough. Injuries are never nice, but with the support staff that I've had around me it's been pretty good and I’ve been alright,” Ngidi said. “It's just been frustrating not being able to play.

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