The first match of the Semi-final stage of the 2015 Cricket World Cup will take place this Tuesday at Eden Park when host nation New Zealand takes the field against the South Africa Proteas.
The NZ Black Caps are looking to advance to the Finals for the first time in their storied history, and now are favourites to do so. While S. Africa has fielded some of the best squads to never win a World Cup. Given the magnitude of the event, and the chance to be remembered forever, look for both sides to hold nothing back. As such this will surely be must see TV, and with the offering below you can watch this Cricket match live as well as Free, from the convenience of your home, work or somewhere in between.
2015 Cricket World Cup Preview
New Zealand ran through the Pool stage undefeated and started their Quarter the same way, obliterating West Indies on the back of a record-breaking double century performance by Martin Guptill. Some have questioned him in the past, but his captain Brendon McCullum as well as his coach have undeniable faith in his abilities in the big games, and now you can include everyone on that list. Bottom line, the Black Caps have never won the Cricket World Cup, advancing to the Semis twice, but this time around the team has put on a performance that has turned the country into a stadium of four million supporters.
South Africa’s Quarter was also easier than expected, the result a nine wicket win over a steadily improving Sri Lanka team. This came after a strong game against the UAE, where the Proteas won by six wickets, chasing down the minnows total of 176 in just 30 overs. Both matches provided the confidence boost they desperately needed heading into this Semi against a formidable NZ side, so don’t expect South Africa to be intimidated with the ball or bat.
New Zealand vs South Africa Times
When: Tuesday, March 24 (12:00 pm Sydney Time)
Where: Eden Park, Auckland NZ
Live TV: Channel 9 and Fox Sports 3 (Foxtel – live streaming)
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NZ Black Caps Preview
New Zealand have been the form team of the tournament, going undefeated through the Pool games and their Quarter, and with that the expectation both locally and aboard has gotten bigger and bigger with each win. The Black Caps played a complete game against West Indies, and that outing should tune them right up for this Semi.
NZ Black Cap Players to Watch
Brendon McCullum has simply been devastating with the bat in the tournament, highlighted by his brilliant record-smashing display against West Indies in their Quarter. He is a hit and miss batter. He’ll either score big and win the game for the Black Caps, or he’ll get out cheaply and the team will struggle. Regardless of his performance on Tuesday, McCullum has become the most revered sports figure in the host country.
Trent Boult has been brilliant with the ball in the World Cup, taking 15 wickets and sitting second behind Aussie Mitchell Starc in the leader board. He can produce some unbelievable swing and pace, especially on his home deck. He is going to cause some real problems for the Proteas batsmen.
South Africa Preview
The South African side are coming off a strong win against Sri Lanka, comfortably winning by nine wickets in what was really a non contest. Therefore in terms of form it probably isn’t the best guide, but they have that winning feeling now back in the camp, and when the Proteas are up and about they are one of the hardest teams to beat in ODI cricket.
South Africa Proteas Players to Watch
The chances of South Africa rest on three key players. The first is AB de Villiers who has 417 runs from seven matches. He has one century and two fifties so far, and when on top of his game, he’s one of the most devastating batsman in the world. David Miller has 275 runs from seven matches with one century, and can be extremely lethal when he gets it going.
The bowling will revolve around Dale Steyn, who’s been relatively quiet in this World Cup, but has a knack for the big stage. Imran Tahir has 15 wickets from seven matches. He is in fine form and will surely give the Black Caps top-order fits.
New Zealand will Win If:
Embrace the expectation they have got, both from their fans and the cricketing fraternity in general. They need to absorb the pressure and expectations that they should win, and go out in the middle and just keep doing what they have done for the past six months.
South Africa will Win If:
The fast bowlers have to apply some serious heat on the NZ batsman. The pitch is usually a bowling paradise due to the speed and bounce it provides, which is near impossible to deal with as a batsman. If they can get some early wickets, they will be right into the match up to the finish.