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Thu Oct 23
21:30 GMT
Oct 24 10:30 local
New Zealand vs South Africa
New Zealand - South Africa Series, 2nd ODI
Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui
NOW TV, Sky Go, Sky Sport 2 NZ, OSN Sports Cricket, Sky Go Extra, SKY Go NZ, »more channels... Live 
Mon Oct 27
20:30 GMT
10:30 local
New Zealand vs South Africa
New Zealand - South Africa Series, 3rd ODI
Seddon Park, Hamilton
NOW TV, Sky Go, OSN Sports Cricket, Sky Go Extra, Fox Sports 2 Australia, Sky Sports 2/HD, SuperSport 2, SuperSport CSN Live 

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  • Game called off due to dangerous pitch at Willowmoore Park - ESPNcricinfo.com
    It is not due to host any international games this summer but is scheduled for a significant number of domestic cricket games and one fixture involving an international side, which organisers will want to ensure it is properly prepared for. The ground ...
  • New Zealand v South Africa - Preview in numbers - International Cricket Council
    115: The number of days to New Zealand's opening game in the ICC Cricket World Cup from the morning of the first game. New Zealand's first game is also the tournament's opening match as they face off against 2011 finalists Sri Lanka in Christchurch in ...Watch 1st ODI Match Live: New Zealand vs South Africa Live Streaming ...
  • South Africa vs New Zealand 2014: 5 memorable matches - Cricket Country
    New Zealand, not blessed with an abundance of talent have often punched above their weight, South Africa on the other hand rely on being clinical and ruthless and often look to punch their opponents down. Over the years there have ... New Zealand too ...
  • Southee return bolsters New Zealand - ESPNcricinfo.com
    On October 21, a rusty New Zealand batting line-up paid for its impatience in the first ODI against South Africa. Two days later, Jesse Ryder scored 136 off 57 balls for Otago, dominating Ireland's World Cup preparation game. Ryder's performance came ...
  • Cricket: Highest game 'hardest Test' for South African icon Ntini - Times of Oman
    Along with Ntini, who retired in January 2011 and now runs a cricket academy to nurture talent in South Africa, are two young compatriots, Raymond Lebokana and Robert Moloisane, from the Alexandra Township Chiefs, a Johannesburg township team.Highest game 'Hardest Test' for South African Icon Makhaya NtiniNDTVSports.com
  • Cricket: South Africa send full strength squad to NZ - New Zealand Herald
    South Africa are sending a full strength side to New Zealand for their three-game ODI series next month. The inclusion of top class seamer Vernon Philander, who missed the recent tri-series in Zimbabwe with a hamstring injury, means the group of 15 ...
  • Cricket: South Africa claims six-wicket win - Otago Daily Times
    South Africa took the early initiative in their three-game ODI series against New Zealand with a six-wicket win in Mt Maunganui today. Chasing New Zealand's modest 231, after they'd been sent in, South Africa completed the job with 11 balls to spare ...
  • South Africa : 236-4 (48.1/50 overs) - Cricket Country
    However, the hosts will have to chalk out a plan against the South African bowlers, who troubled the batsmen. Will South Africa take an unassailable lead on Friday? Or will New Zealand level the seres? Join us for the second game on Friday. Till then ...
  • Sad state of world cricket - Independent Online
    'That would be a disaster,” AB de Villiers said in answer to a question about the possi-bility of another shortened international season in South Africa. For all Cricket South Africa's creative solutions, and their shining a spotlight on the domestic ...
  • De Villiers, Duminy ace clinical chase - ESPNcricinfo.com
    That said, people are getting a bit carried away saying NZ aren't in the same league as SA. Put in the three players mentioned above, and dock SA De Villiers, Amla & Philander, and in all likelihood NZ would have taken the game. Similarly, SA trapped ...

South Africa ICC World Cup 2011 Profile

The South African cricket team at The Oval in 2008
The South African cricket team at The Oval in 2008

Strength

South Africa’s pace bowling department has been their biggest strength and that will be the one aspect that will test the other sides’ batting. In fact, given the current suspensions to Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif of Pakistan, it would only be fair to say that in Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Lonwobo Tsotsobe and Wayne Parnell are the best in the world. It will be their best aspect and how they turn out in the World Cup could go a long way in deciding how far the side goes.

 

Weakness

Overall, the side looks good in all departments of the game, batting, pace bowling and spinners. However, injuries have followed the side around a bit and that could take the sheen off their performances. Jacques Kallis, Graeme Smith, Steyn, Parnell and some of the others have had the worst of times because of fitness woes and that will be a cause for concern for some of them.

Opportunity

South Africa has had a good run in recent times and their team seems to be gelling well ever since the clean-up exercise of late-2009. Fortunately for them, the side has also played well in the sub-continental conditions, once considered a bane for them as they would struggle against the spin threat. For now, their players have had a good opportunity to be a part of the IPL and the Champions League and have sharpened their skills on Indian tracks – this should allow them a good opportunity to win it.

Threat

When one uses the words South Africa and World Cup in the same line, there is a presence of a third word that is usually there – chokers. South Africa’s ability to lose from situations not too many have heard of is a legend in the World Cups and that shows in their records – since their return to international sports in 1991, they have yet to win a World Cup tournament. In fact, they haven’t even entered the final of any. If the side can overcome this threat, they may be in with a good chance to go all the way.

Previous Record

As aforementioned, South Africa have yet to enter the final of a World Cup after having played in five editions of the tournament. In 1992, they got to the semi-finals where a rather silly rain rule threw them off, in 1996, they won all their games to get to the quarter-finals where a resurgent West Indian side beat them in one game and they were shown the door. In 1999, the side was expected to go all the way when they tied a heart-breaking game against Australia and were knocked out while in 2003, they failed to read the rules right. Australia were a far superior side in the 2007 World Cup in the semi-finals.

Expected Captain

Graeme Smith should lead the team.

Players to look out for

Apart from Steyn, the batsman to watch out for will be Hashim Amla. Amla has been in the form of his life and his rather cool demeanour provides the side a very good foundation at the top of the innings.