The co-hosts New Zealand take on South Africa in the first mouth-watering semi-final of the ICC World Cup 2015 on March 24th at Auckland and the winner will go on to face either India or Australia in the finals on March 29th at MCG. Here is the stats preview of the match:

–> 4-2 New Zealand’s head-to-head advantage over South Africa in six World Cup games between the two teams- they’ve won each of the last three, in Mirpur in 2011, St. George’s in 2007, and Johannesburg in 2003.

–> 6-2 South Africa’s win-loss record against New Zealand in ODIs since the last World Cup. New Zealand won a three-match series 2-1 in South Africa in 2013, but South Africa won two series in New Zealand- 3-0 in 2012, and 2-0 in 2014.

–> 0 The number of wins for both teams in nine World Cup semi-finals. New Zealand have lost each of the six World Cup semi-finals they have played – in 1975, 1979, 1992, 1999, 2007 and 2011 while South Africa lost in 1992 and 2007, and tied against Australia in 1999, which led to their elimination as Australia finished higher than them in the Super Six table.

–> 2012 Total Runs scored by South Africa till the quarter-finals, the most by any team in this World Cup

–> 67 Total Wickets taken by both the teams till the quarter-final stage, the second most behind India, who have grabbed 70 scalps in 7 matches.

–> New Zealand’s Martin Guptill scored 498 runs from seven games in this World Cup, more than anyone from South Africa.

–> 15 Wickets taken by the leading spinner of each team. Daniel Vettori has averaged 15.73 at an economy rate of 3.81, while Imran Tahir has an average of 18.86 and an economy rate of 4.20.

–> 105 Hashim Amla’s strike-rate against Trent Boult in ODIs – he has scored 41 from 39 balls without being dismissed.

–> 7.54 New Zealand’s run-rate in the mandatory Powerplay overs, easily the best among all the teams in this tournament. South Africa are fifth with a run-rate of 4.95.

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