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New Zealand to put South Africa to the sword? Get World Cup tips

Ben Darvill 17 Jun 2019
Ross Taylor of New Zealand (credit:Simon Cooper/PA Wire/PA Images)

Can New Zealand rise back to the top of the table, or will South Africa pick up only their second win of the competition? Read on for our best bets for this World Cup clash. 

New Zealand vs South Africa Predictions

New Zealand vs South Africa Betting Tips

New Zealand have been in fine form this summer as they continue to show that they are the real deal in the competition. Three wins in four and one no result has seen the side pick up seven points and they sit in second in the table with a game in hand over top side Australia who are only a point above them. A very comfortable 10 wicket win over Sri Lanka was followed by a far more hard-fought two wicket victory over Bangladesh which preceded a seven wicket triumph against Afghanistan to see the side start with three wins in a row. Their game against India was rained off and while the fans will have been disappointed not to have seen such a massive game in the competition, the Black Caps will have likely been pleased to have come away with a point from that match-up after they were hammered by India in their recent ODI series. South Africa meanwhile have not been enjoying such a good start to the tournament, with their glut of talent not coming through on their promise. Five games have come and gone with a single win coming alongside three losses and a no result, with the three points they have picked up seeing the side five short of Australia at the top of the table. A comfortable 104 run loss to England in the opening match of the World Cup was followed by defeats at the hands of Bangladesh and India before they were beaten by the rain against the West Indies. A strong nine wicket win over Afghanistan saw the side win for the first time, but it must be questioned how impressive that win is considering the disparity between the top sides and an improving Afghanistan. 

Match Winner 

New Zealand have looked every bit a team that can challenge for the World Cup trophy this year with a unit of players that look to be in great form. They have some of the best batsmen in the world currently plying their trade for the nation while their bowling unit looks superb, with Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry and James Neesham all boasting over five wickets each after three matches at the World Cup. South Africa meanwhile have struggled massively with both bat and ball as their failings in both mediums of the game has seen the side slip down the table after a start that few truly expected. Their struggles over the last few years in ODI cricket did allude to the side potentially failing this summer, and they have been awful in all of their losses and we think they will once again taste defeat against a New Zealand side that look very strong this year. 

To Score A Fifty 

There are a number of very talented batsmen on show in this one as some of the most experienced players in the game come together. For South Africa, the pressure will be on Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla, while captain Faf du Plessis will surely have a huge role to play. For New Zealand, captain Kane Williamson will lead Colin Munro and Martin Guptill in, but the man we have been most impressed with so far is the ever-consistent Ross Taylor. To date, Taylor has clocked scores of 82 and 48 in two innings and, with an average of 65.00, he looks in great touch. What is most important in this bet is for the openers and Williamson to get New Zealand off to a good start but not to stay in for too long, while it is also important for the trio to build a good base for Taylor to come out and play his natural game, rather than leave him 10 overs at the end of the game where he is just expected to swing the bat, or if he comes in after five overs with New Zealand teetering after a mini-collapse. If Taylor is able to come in and play the way he does so well then we have no doubt that he can knock yet another fifty, with his ability to score runs something that is huge for the side. 

New Zealand vs South Africa Match Winner Betting Odds

New Zealand to win: 8/11 @ Coral 

South Africa to win: 11/10 @ Coral 

New Zealand vs South Africa Last 3 ODI Results

4/3/2017 - South Africa (150/4) beat New Zealand (149) by 6 wickets 

1/3/2017 - New Zealand (280/3) beat South Africa (279/8) by 7 wickets 

25/2/2017 - South Africa (271/8) beat New Zealand (112) by 159 runs 

New Zealand vs South Africa Predictions

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