World Cup Cricket – New Zealand Vs. South Africa – It’s Down to the Bowlers [analysis]

New Zealand and South Africa both have impressive batting line-ups, but neither of them have been consistent in their application. The bowlers, however, have been – and the first semi-final offers a tasty prospect for purveyors of swing, seam and speed.

While the bulk of the World Cup has been dominated by the batsmen, the first semi-final of the tournament promises to deliver something for the bowlers. Out of all the teams, New Zealand and South Africa have had some of the most consistent bowling performances of the tournament.

Barring South Africa’s disaster against India, where they conceded 307, their bowlers have restricted the opposition to small scores, much like New Zealand. Neither side have managed the impressive effort of India – who have bowled out every team they have played against – both team’s bowlers have showed an equal amount of skill and aggression.

Their batting line-ups are a different kettle of fish, of course. New Zealand have not been nearly as consistent as South Africa, but South Africa have not been able to chase totals either. This is why the bowling will play such a key role. Add to that the fact that the par…

Source : Daily Maverick