Dhaka, June 19 (UNB) — New Zealand won the toss and opted to bowl first on Wednesday at Edgbaston, Birmingham, against South Africa in their fifth game of the ongoing ICC Men’s World Cup.
The toss was pushed back by an hour to 4:40pm (BdST) due to rain. The match was reduced to 49-over per side.
Before today’s game, New Zealand played four matches and won three of them. Their match against India was washed out due to rain.
South Africa, on the other hand, passed the toughest time among the top-ranked teams as they lost three of their five matches. They registered only a win while another match was washed out due to rain.
While New Zealand are at number three in the points table, South Africa are at number eight, ahead of Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Losing today’s match will make South Africa’s road to semi-finals more difficult.
South Africa (Playing XI): Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock(w), Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis(c), Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir
New Zealand (Playing XI): Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham(w), James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult