New Zealand take on South Africa in Chittagong on Monday as both teams play their second Group 1 contests of the Super 10s in this 2014 International Cricket Council World Twenty20 (T20).
However, after contrasting results in their opening fixtures of the tournament on Saturday, when the Proteas lost to Sri Lanka and the Black Caps beat England, this game now takes on huge significance for the men from Southern Africa.
What: New Zealand vs. South Africa
Where: Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong
When: Monday, March. 24, 09:30 a.m. GMT/ 03:30 p.m. local time
Live Stream/TV info: Sky Sports 2, live 9-1 p.m., highlights 8-10 p.m.
New Zealand: BB McCullum*, CJ Anderson, TA Boult, AP Devcich, MJ Guptill, RM Hira, MJ McClenaghan, NL McCullum, KD Mills, C Munro, JDS Neesham, L Ronchi†, TG Southee, LRPL Taylor, KS Williamson
South Africa: F du Plessis*, HM Amla, F Behardien, Q de Kock†, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, BE Hendricks, Imran Tahir, DA Miller, JA Morkel, M Morkel, WD Parnell, AM Phangiso, DW Steyn, LL Tsotsobe
New Zealand: While the Black Caps may have lost their two midweek practice matches, that did not seem to affect them when the competition proper got under way with a win against England on the weekend, meaning another victory on Monday will see them with one foot in the semis.
South Africa: The Proteas may have won their two warm-up fixtures last week, however, when it came to the real thing in their Super 10 opener with Sri Lanka on Saturday, AB de Villiers’ men came up just short, making this second Group 1 fixture a must-win affair.
Brendon McCullum: As befits the batsman with the most runs, sixes, fours, centuries and half-centuries in international T20 cricket, the Kiwi skipper will be his side’s danger man in Chittagong, as the 32-year-old also was in making his match-winning cameo against England on Saturday.
England were five ahead of NZ on D/L after 4.2 overs, then - thanks to Brendon McCullum - nine behind only six balls later. Clever batting.— Lawrence Booth (@the_topspin) March 22, 2014
Dale Steyn: While the pitches in Bangladesh are likely to favour the spinners more than the pacemen, as the world’s No. 1 ranked Test bowler discovered to his cost against Sri Lanka on Saturday, the 30-year-old still remains the chief threat to the Black Caps’ hopes of victory on Monday.
Who will win the World T20 encounter between New Zealand and South Africa?
Weather: We are expecting a low of 21 degrees Celsius and a high of 29 degrees Celsius, with a fair chance of rain again, for this Super 10 contest.
Pitch: This being the first match to be played in Chittagong on Monday, as on the weekend with Sri Lanka, it may be a case of winning the toss, batting and aiming to post a total in excess of 160 on a surface that initially should play relatively slow and low.