New Zealand is all set to take on the South Africans today in their quarter-final match of the ICC World Cup 2011 at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur. This is the only quarter-final of the tournament, which has two teams who have never even made it to the final of the mega event.
South Africa has a number of reasons and explanations for not winning the World Cup, which include some bad luck and choking during big pressure situations. New Zealand on the other hand has been knocked out twice by Pakistan in the semi-final. The Kiwis have long been a team on the fringes and have been known not to have big stars, but players with talent who can play together as a unit.
South Africa will go into the game clear favourites, as before the World Cup began they were among top three tipped to win the prestigious tournament. Despite their dubious record in the mega event, on paper South Africa has a complete team. The batting line-up led by Captain Graeme Smith is solid as ever. Hashim Amla is a model of consistency and has been a revelation in all forms of the game in the last couple of years.