Martin Guptill
Martin Guptill became the first New Zealand player to score a double century in ODI's [Getty]

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New Zealand will take on South Africa in the first semi final of the 2015 ICC World Cup at Westpac Stadium, Wellington on Tuesday.

Where to watch live

The match starts at 1am GMT. Live coverage is on Sky Sports 2 and Sky Sports 2 HD. Click here for live streaming link.


One thing is for sure that in this edition of the World Cup, we will have one team who will make it to the final for the first time in history. Neither the Black Caps nor the Proteas have made it to the last two of the tournament previously.

A victory for either side will see them make it to the final at Melbourne Cricket Ground next Sunday. New Zealand are unbeaten in this tournament and are the firm favourites to make it to the finals.

Brendon McCullum saw his side register a 143-run victory over West Indies in the quarter final on Sunday. It was a one man show as Martin Guptill became the first Kiwi player and fifth player in the history of the ODIs to score a double century.

Guptill's unbeaten 237 helped New Zealand post a total of 393 runs. In reply, West Indies were bowled out for 250 runs, which came in just 30.3 overs. The bowling will be a concern for the co-hosts, especially with the strong batting lineup of South Africa.

JP Duminy
JP Duminy of South Africa celebrates his hat-trick against Sri Lanka along with team mates [Getty]

On the other hand, South Africa sealed a crushing victory over Sri Lanka in the first quarter final. The 1996 world champions were bowled out for 133 runs and the African nation chased the total in less than 20 overs, while losing just one wicket in the process.

Quinton de Kock's batting was a concern for South Africa but his unbeaten half-century against Sri Lanka and his impressive display behind the stumps will help him secure a spot against New Zealand.

Hashim Amla and skipper AB de Villiers will have to play key roles with the bat in order to help their side seal a win over the co-hosts in the semi final clash.


South Africa to win

Betting odds (

  • New Zealand to win: 11/10
  • South Africa to win: 3/4

What captains say

Brendon McCullum on Martin Guptill's knock (New Zealand captain): "Sublime, just sublime. I will never forget it. The innings we witnessed is probably one of the best we have seen in this format. "We wanted to make a real statement on the back of Gup's innings and that's what we did with the ball and in the field."

AB de Villiers (South Africa captain): "We committed to the fact that we're not going to show any weakness. In knockout games things don't always go your way. But we know that in any game actually. You can't dominate cricket games for 100 overs. It never happens. You've got to take a couple of shots on the chin and the way you take it is really important, not to show any weakness to the opposition."

Team News

New Zealand

Possible XI: Martin Guptill, Brendon McCullum (C), Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Grant Elliott, Corey Anderson, Luke Ronchi (WK), Daniel Vettori, Adam Milne, Tim Southee, Trent Boult.

South Africa

Possible XI: Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (WK), Faf du Plessis, Rilee Rossouw, AB de Villiers (C), David Miller, JP Duminy, Kyle Abbott, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir.