Legendary South African rugby player, Boy Louw, possibly said it best: "When South Africa plays New Zealand, consider your country at war". These words, uttered before the first test in 1949, just as Louw had returned from World War II where, he had fought as a bombardier.
The history between the Proteas and Black Caps stretches back to 1932 but is not spoken with the same reverence as the rivalry between their rugby counterparts. Whilst, there has been a healthy competition with some great games it hasn’t delivered the same consistent intensity as the oval ball fixtures over the years. This, however, is about to change.
The Proteas and Black Caps come into this semi-final both having displayed a propensity to play an aggressive and attacking brand of cricket throughout the tournament thus far. Both teams have also thrown caution to the wind and opted to stack their respective sides with match winners and individuals who can take the game away from the opposition.