MATCH ANALYSIS IN BRIEF
|Date||Wednesday 1st November, 2023 at 14:00 (IST) and at 08:30 (UK)|
|Venue||New Zealand vs South Africa will take place at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune, India|
|Weather||Conditions are expected to be very hot in Pune as play gets underway with bright sunshine and temperatures of around 32c, but as the sun subsides later in the day, so should the temperatures with clear skies and light winds expected across the final few hours of play.|
|TV & Streaming||Viewers in India: you can watch this match live on Star Sports channels or stream it via the Disney+ Hotstar app.|
|Viewers in Pakistan: you can watch this match live on both PTV Sports and A-Sports or stream it through the PTVFLIX App.|
|Viewers in Sri Lanka: you can watch this match live on Maharaja TV or stream it on Sirasatv. Lk.|
|Viewers in Afghanistan: you can watch this match live on Ariana TV.|
|Viewers in Bangladesh: you can watch it on Gazi TV or stream it through Rabbithole.|
|Viewers in the UK: you can watch this match live on Sky Sports or stream it via the Sky Go App.|
|Viewers in Australia: you can watch this match live on Fox Sports or stream it via the Foxtel or Kayo Sports app.|
|Viewers in South Africa: you can watch this match on SuperSport channels or stream it via the SuperSport app.|
|Viewers in the USA and Canada: you can watch this match live on Willow TV, whilst viewers from the USA can also stream it via the ESPN+ app.|
KEY BETTING STATS
- South Africa have won eight of their last nine official ODIs – To Win the Match
- South Africa has scored six hundred across the 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup group stage so far, more than any other team – A Hundred to be Scored in the Match-Team
- Mitchell Santner has taken 14 wickets across the 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup group stage so far, three more than the second-highest New Zealand wicket taker – Team – Top Bowler
BETTING ANALYSIS For NEW ZEALAND
On the back of having lost their 100% record in the group stage following a four-wicket defeat against India, New Zealand were beaten again this past weekend in a thrilling contest against Australia that saw them fall five runs short of Australia’s 388. However, there is good news for New Zealand in the form of Kane Williamson, who has begun batting in the nets following his fractured thumb and the Black Caps skipper could make his return for this game.
However, all eyes will be on young prodigy Rachin Ravindra, who racked up his second century in this World Cup against Australia. The 23-year-old has accumulated 406 runs across the tournament so far and boasts an average of 81.20. Scores of 116, 75, and 32 in his last three innings underline a high level of consistency, so back Ravindra to accrue 30+ runs (1.83) via the ‘Batter Milestones’ market. However, any investors looking for a bet that offers a more substantial return can place a stake on Ravindra to finish as New Zealand’s top batter (4.75) against South Africa.
Speaking of consistency, Mitchell Santner continues to benefit from spinning conditions out in India and his 14 wickets over the course of the competition so far is a testament to the threat he poses within the Black Caps bowling attack. Santner has taken over 1.5 wickets in four of his side’s six group games and is well worth backing to repeat that feat here (2.10).
The last World Cup fixture to take place in Pune saw Afghanistan defeat Sri Lanka in a match that saw left-arm pacer Fazalhaq Farooqi record career-best bowling figures of 4/34. His left-arm bowling provided a key point of difference and it would be no surprise to see the same joy afforded to New Zealand’s Trent Boult, who has to be favored to take 2+ wickets (1.72) vs the Proteas.
BETTING ANALYSIS For SOUTH AFRICA
South Africa were forced to fight for their fifth win of the group stage against Pakistan, chasing down 271. While plenty of their batters got starts, none aside from Aiden Markram were able to turn it into a big score and wickets fell regularly. In the end, the Proteas got over the line with a wicket remaining.
Tabraiz Shamsi made full use of a spin-friendly pitch to take 4/60 in just his second appearance of the tournament and a decision must be made on whether to keep him in the starting line-up at the expense of a quicker bowler. Right-arm pacer Kagiso Rabada missed the last game with back spasms and his current status is questionable. Marco Jansen will be a key part of the bowling attack having taken 3/43 vs Pakistan, maintaining his streak of having taken over 1.5 wickets in all of South Africa’s group games. Back the left-arm quick to achieve the same feat here (2.10) via the ‘Bowler Total Match Wickets’ market.
At the time of writing, Quinton de Kock remains the tournament’s leading run-scorer with 431 runs, averaging 71.83. De Kock has also struck 44 fours, also the most of any player competing at the World Cup and with this in mind, South Africa’s opener is well worth backing to hit over 3.5 match fours (1.66) against New Zealand. Bettors should also consider backing De Kock to accrue what would be his fourth 50+ score of the tournament (2.37).
Heinrich Klaasen added to his ‘sixes tally’ with another maximum vs Pakistan, making it 16 sixes for the 32-year-old across the tournament. His brute strength, power, and ability to play the spinners so well make investing in him to score the most sixes for South Africa in this latest contest (3.75) a wise move.
CRICKET 8’S EXPERT PREDICTION
This past Monday, the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium played host to Afghanistan and Sri Lanka in a match that saw the former successfully reach their victory target of 242 with seven wickets remaining. Although it wasn’t the highest-scoring encounter, Afghanistan made batting look relatively straightforward during the run chase as the ball got older and dew came into play. With stronger batters on show here from both sides, a higher-scoring contest is expected this time around.
Over the course of the group stage so far, the New Zealand and South Africa players have together amassed a total of ten individual hundreds, four from the Black Caps and six coming from the Proteas. This puts into perspective the quality of the batters on show and while the match outcome itself is a tricky one to predict, we should see at least one century scored by either of the two sides.
A HUNDRED TO BE SCORED IN THE MATCH (1.80)
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