World Cup Cricket – New Zealand Vs. South Africa – Retribution and Reinvention [analysis]

The Cricket World Cup semi-finals promise intrigue in more ways than one. The first of the two matches will be between New Zealand and South Africa at Auckland, and considering the history between the two teams, there’s much to look forward to.

While the quarterfinals of the 2015 Cricket World Cup were largely one-sided and dull, the semi-finals have much more promise.

There are intriguing narratives woven into the more obvious layers, which add an extra element to an already spicy contest. The first of the two semi-finals, between New Zealand and South Africa, holds the promise of retribution and reinvention for both teams.

The last time these two teams met in a World Cup, back in 2011, South Africa did what they have so often done in a World Cup: they choked. The Black Caps got under their skins and the capitulation that followed was spectacular. South Africa now have a chance to correct that. Having just won their first ever knockout in a World Cup, the pressure is on to push forward and go all the way to the final.

But New Zealand have pressures of their own. They have made it to the semi-finals …

Source : Daily Maverick