New Zealand vs. South Africa: ICC World Cup Match 25 Preview
New Zealand vs. South Africa: ICC World Cup Match 25 Preview

New Zealand and South Africa are ready to face off in the 25th match of the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup in Birmingham on Wednesday. Edgbaston in Birmingham will be used as the venue for the contest which will be hosting its 59th ODI on Wednesday. Highest team score at Edgbaston of 408-5 in a 50-over contest was registered by England in the match against New Zealand in 2015, whereas lowest total of 70 was registered by Australia in 1977. Highest individual score in an ODI contest at the ground of 171 not out was registered by New Zealand's Glenn Turner in 1975, whereas best bowling figures of 6-52 was registered by Australia's Josh Hazlewood in 2017.

For the Black Caps, there is an opportunity to win and go on top of the table as they currently have seven points after four matches. In the batting department, Kiwis will be relying on the likes of captain Kane Williamson, veteran opener Martin Guptill and veteran middle-order batsman Ross Taylor to score bulk of the runs, whereas on the bowling front, the onus will be on the likes of pace trio of Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson and Matt Henry to provide timely breakthroughs.

On the other hand, for South Africa, the game is another do-or-die encounter as they have to win in order to stay alive in the competition. In the batting department, the team will be relying on the likes of wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock, veteran opener

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Azeem Siddiqui
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