Mint tells you what to look out for on this key contest.
The spin issue
The tawny pitch at Edgbaston in Birmingham typically affords flip and bounce. So Indian followers will watch with eager curiosity how the spinners fare within the first sport of the World Cup right here, as a result of England and India will meet at this enviornment later within the event. South African leg-spinner Imran Tahir is the perfect spinner from the 2 sides in Wednesday’s match. New Zealand have left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner and will additionally herald leg-spinner Ish Sodhi.
What makes spin a double-edged sword for the Proteas is the vulnerability of their batting. They misplaced 5 wickets to the Indian leg-spin twins Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav at Southampton. The New Zealand center order anchors Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor, however, are extra skilled gamers of spin. So the benefit that Tahir offers to South Africa might nicely be negated by their batsmen being clueless in opposition to Kiwi spin.
The return of Lungi Ngidi
Lungi Ngidi limping off the bottom with a pulled hamstring after bowling 4 overs in opposition to Bangladesh was a giant blow to South Africa who misplaced that sport after conceding 330 runs. Tempo spearhead Kagiso Rabada had solely all-rounders Chris Morris and Andile Phehlukwayo for firm within the subsequent sport with India, as a result of Dale Steyn needed to return house with shoulder irritation. Steyn’s alternative, the rookie Beuran Hendricks, performed in opposition to Afghanistan, however South Africa will really feel stronger now with the return of the burly Ngidi who handed a health check.
Rub of the inexperienced for Kiwis
The Kiwis can contemplate themselves lucky for sitting fairly with seven factors from 4 video games. Their seamers rolled Sri Lanka over for 136 on a humid, inexperienced wicket at Cardiff, after which they survived a batting collapse to squeak by means of to a win with 248 for eight in opposition to Bangladesh. Their sport in opposition to a robust India acquired deserted, after which they scored a straightforward win over Afghanistan. Wednesday will present how they fare in a sterner check in opposition to a superb bowling unit.
Showers are forecast in Birmingham on Wednesday. So now we have the prospect of each these sides having to desert a second sport, after South Africa’s washout in opposition to Sri Lanka and New Zealand’s no-show with India. The event acquired fortunate when the showers in Manchester arrived solely after the large India-Pakistan sport had nearly performed out. Birmingham will hope for comparable luck, and so will South Africa, as a result of a rained out sport ends their marketing campaign to enter the semi-finals.
Sumit Chakraberty is the writer of 2019 Cricket World Cup Considering Cap