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Can South Africa beat New Zealand in an effective must-win encounter?

What a mean, mean delivery

B .. O .. W .. L .. E .. D

That's the kind of dreams you harbour as an aspiring fast bowler. Firstly, 148 kmph from Ferguson this. Follows a short ball with a yorker so mean that the opposition captain looks a bit silly against it. Faf leans forward to defend but this ball is too full, too quick, and too wild.

8000 runs for Amla

What a player. Well past his prime but he's still doing it, pecking at records one after another. Second-fastest to 8K runs, taking 176 innings, just one more than Virat Kohli.

Deepu says: Five times now that QdK has gotten out to Boult, the most he's got out to any bowler in ODIsAlso, the joint most Boult dismissed any batsman along side Sikhar Dhawan

A beauty from Boult first up

Swings in and cuts through the bat-pad gap! Looked like a very decent deliver but our ball-by-ball comm disagrees. "This is bad batting. You can't say it's a really great ball. Tentative feet, in fact it got stuck and the upper body was leaning forward to drive as soon as the mind decoded this is a full ball," is how it puts the dismissal as. But what we can be sure that it's a big strike for New Zealand so early in the game. Hashim Amla hasn't been at his best, so the onus is now on Faf du Plessis, who walks in at No 3.

Toss: NZ opt to bowl first

"It's a long time ago," Faf du Plessis says about the last time South Africa beat New Zealand in a World Cup match. New Zealand are unchanged. South Africa bring back Lungi Ngidi in place of Beuran Hendricks.

Update: Toss at 11:30 AM local, 49 overs a side

Umpires speak: "Whole outfield is the concern"

Gould: "We have reinspected (the ground) and it's improving. They (groundsmen) have done well. We have another inspection at 11:00. We will see what we can do then. but its certainly improving. Basically the concern is the whole outfield. So much rain over the last week or so, hopefully we can get some cricket shortly. I think its worse here. We expected thunderstorms last night and we didn't get them. So, the British weather is not doing us very proud at the moment."

Llong: "Basically we have got a wet outfield. It has not stopped raining for the best of the week. The ground-staff have done well but we have got some wet patches and they are very greasy. Need the sun to come out. We are trying to give the groundsmen the best chance to get the ground ready. At this point we are trying to keep the people off. Hoping for the sun to come out."

Slight more delay

"Ian Gould just did what looked like half a moon walk. He is doing the same at the other end of the pitch. They're checking the areas on the bowling run-up where grass ends and pitch begins," observes Kau. "Both Gould and Llong have just looked at their watch. We should start soon I hope because no groundsman is working on anything," he adds. Okay we have an official word: Next inspection at 11:00 local time.

Toss delayed due to wet outfield

But ahoy, things brightening up! No rain at the moment, and the covers have been taken off too. Yes yes, it started with the hover cover on. There's an official inspection at 10:15am local. Until the action starts, catch Gautam Bhimani, Joy Bhattacharjya & Zaheer Khan building up to the match on Cricbuzz Live.

Time to say hello

You should start the blog by reading about South Africa's Auckland scars from 2015. Kaushik Rangarajan talks to then coach Russell Domingo, who reveals how they wanted bowl Imran Tahir to Brendon McCullum first up but didn't. There was rain around, so they thought seam would do the job. Didn't. McCullum scored a half-century at a strike-rate of over 200!

That defeat piggybacked on another heart-rending semifinal defeat in the 2011 World Cup. In 2019, in a quasi must-win game, can South Africa down New Zealand? They are going to be tough to beat, that's sure. Here's Kaushik's match preview, and here's the head-to-head between the sides, nicely compiled by Hariprasad Sadanandan.

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