ICC World Cup: All you should know - NZ vs SA semifinal preview

Auckland: As co-hosts New Zealand take on giants South Africa in the formers seventh World Cup semifinal appearance, here are some interesting statistics and information about the two teams.

New Zealand v South Africa head-to-head
Head-to-head record for New Zealand and South Africa who meet in the World Cup semi-finals at Eden Park on Tuesday (14:00 local/01:00GMT):


Played: 61 New Zealand wins: 20 South Africa wins: 36 Tied: 0 No result: 5

First meeting: Feb 29, 1992: Auckland New Zealand won by seven wickets

Last 10 meetings:

Mar 25, 2011: Dhaka New Zealand won by 49 runs
Feb 25, 2012: Wellington South Africa won by six wickets
Feb 29, 2012: Napier South Africa won by six wickets
Mar 03, 2012: Auckland South Africa won by five wickets
Jan 19, 2013: Paarl New Zealand won by one wicket
Jan 22, 2013: Kimberley New Zealand won by 27 runs
Jan 25, 2013: Potchefstroom South Africa won by one wicket
Oct 21, 2014: Maunganui South Africa won by six wickets
Oct 24, 2014: Maunganui South Africa won by 72 runs
Oct 27, 2014: Hamilton No result


Played 6 New Zealand wins: 4 South Africa wins: 2
Feb 29, 1992: Auckland New Zealand won by seven wickets
Feb 20, 1996: Faisalabad South Africa won by five wickets
June 10, 1999: Birmingham South Africa won by 74 runs
Feb 16, 2003: Johannesburg New Zealand won by nine wickets
Apr 14, 2007: St George's New Zealand won by five wickets
Mar 25, 2011: Dhaka New Zealand won by 49 runs

New Zealand v South Africa key men
Key men ahead of the World Cup semi-final between New Zealand and South Africa at Eden Park in Auckland on Tuesday:

New Zealand

Martin Guptill
Martin Guptill
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The New Zealand opener has woken from a year-long slump when needed most with his stunning 237 not out against West Indies in the quarter-finals continuing a growing return to form which includes 57 and 105 in his previous two innings. He has repaid the faith shown in him by the selectors who included him in the World Cup squad despite a wretched run in the lead up to the tournament which included two golden ducks against Sri Lanka. A strong driver of the ball, and mentored by New Zealand legend Martin Crowe, Guptill has found the form that means New Zealand can rest easy if fellow opener Brendon McCullum fails as he did against the West Indies.

South Africa

Hashim Amla
Hashim Amla
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The fastest player to 20 ODI centuries -- in 111 matches -- and reaching the milestone with his 159 against Ireland in pool play, the elegant strokemaker is due another big one after averaging only 22 in three innings since. The 31-year-old's ability to usually get among the runs cannot be questioned with South Africa captain AB de Villiers describing the opening batsman as the "rock" who can be relied on to lay a foundation at the top of the innings. The Wisden Cricketer of the Year, and fastest batsman to score 4,000 ODI runs, should feel comfortable against the Black Caps pace attack after notching a century when South Africa made a brief tour of New Zealand in October.

New Zealand v South Africa -- World Cup semi-final penpix

Penpix of likely starting teams for Tuesday's World Cup semi-final between New Zealand and South Africa at Eden Park, Auckland (14:00 local/01:00GMT):

Brendon McCullum
Brendon McCullum (captain) Age: 33 ODIs: 247 Runs: 5,749 Highest score: 166 Wickets: -- Best bowling: --
Martin Guptill Age: 28 ODIs: 106 Runs: 3,690 Highest score: 237 not out Wickets: 2 Best bowling: 2-7
Kane Williamson Age: 24 ODIs: 72 Runs: 2,668 Highest score: 145 not out Wickets: 24 Best bowling: 4-22
Ross Taylor Age: 31 ODIs: 157 Runs: 5,064 Highest score: 131 not out Wickets: 0 Best bowling: --
Grant Elliott Age: 36 ODIs: 65 Runs: 1,142 Highest score: 115 Wickets: 29 Best bowling: 4-31
Corey Anderson Age: 24 ODIs: 33 Runs: 860 Highest score: 131 not out Wickets: 47 Best bowling: 5-63
Luke Ronchi (wkt) Age: 33 ODIs: 47 Runs: 977 Highest score: 170 not out Wickets: -- Best bowling: --
Daniel Vettori Age: 36 ODIs: 293 Runs: 2,237 Highest score: 83 Wickets: 305 Best bowling: 5-7
Adam Milne Age: 22 ODIs: 22 Runs: 39 Highest score: 19 Wickets: 19 Best bowling: 2-28
Tim Southee Age: 26 ODIs: 92 Runs: 331 Highest score: 32 Wickets: 131 Best bowling: 7-33
Trent Boult Age: 25 ODIs: 23 Runs: 52 Highest score: 21 not out Wickets: 37 Best bowling: 5-27

AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers (capt) Age: 31 ODIs: 186 Runs: 7,876 Highest score: 162 not out Wickets: 7 Best bowling: 2-15
Hashim Amla Age: 31 ODIs: 114 Runs: 5,682 Highest score: 159 Wickets: -- Best bowling: --
Quinton de Kock (wkt) Age: 22 ODIs: 43 Runs: 1,617 Highest score: 135 Wickets: -- Best bowling: --
Faf du Plessis Age: 30 ODIs: 73 Runs: 2,261 Highest score: 126 Wickets: 2 Best bowling: 1-8
Rilee Rossouw Age: 25 ODIs: 19 Runs: 587 Highest score: 132 Wickets: 1 Best bowling: 1-17
David Miller Age: 25 ODIs: 70 Runs: 1,588 Highest score: 138 not out Wickets: -- Best bowling: --
JP Duminy Age: 30 ODIs: 139 Runs: 3,800 Highest score: 150 not out Wickets: 52 Best bowling: 3-29
Dale Steyn Age: 31 ODIs: 103 Runs: 259 Highest score: 35 Wickets: 161 Best bowling: 6-39
Kyle Abbott Age: 27 ODIs: 15 Runs: 47 Highest score: 23 Wickets: 16 Best bowling: 4-21
Morne Morkel Age: 30 ODIs: 98 Runs: 209 Highest score: 25 Wickets: 166 Best bowling: 5-21
Imran Tahir Age: 35 ODIs: 37 Runs: 60 Highest score: 23 not out Wickets: 70 Best bowling: 5-45

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