NZ v SA, Preview: Proteas look for 2015 semis revenge in a do-or-die clash
Four years later, the two sides face off once again, with the Black Caps being the runners up, and the Proteas barely managing to survive.
The 2015 semifinal win was New Zealand's fourth straight World Cup win over the Proteas, stretching back to 2003 and including the 2011 quarterfinals in Dhaka. Since the last World Cup, the two sides have played eight ODIs with South Africa winning five of them. Well, if it helps, in their last encounter in March 2017, South Africa won by six wickets.
South Africa will need their bowlers to step up to keep their World Cup hopes alive. A lot will depend on veteran spinner Imran Tahir should the Edgbaston surface offer turn. The 40-year-old took two wickets each against England and Bangladesh, before running through Afghanistan. The Proteas have mostly been done in by their batting. But they’ll be happy that openers Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock finally clicked in the previous game. The pair, alongside du Plessis, will have to navigate their way through a quality seam attack led by Trent Boult.