Acid test for Brendon McCullum, AB de Villiers in 1st World Cup semi-final clash

New Zealand and South Africa are all set for the much anticipated 1st semi-final clash of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, which is scheduled to take place in Auckland on Tuesday.

By Chaitan Papnai | Updated: Mar 23, 2015, 22:34 PM IST
Acid test for Brendon McCullum, AB de Villiers in 1st World Cup semi-final clash

New Delhi: New Zealand and South Africa are all set for the much anticipated 1st semi-final clash of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, which is scheduled to take place in Auckland on Tuesday.

Both the teams were pre-tournament favourites and they managed to justify the tag by making it into the semis.

It's a clash between two well balanced sides who have never made to the finals of the coveted event.

The only factor which gives the co-hosts an upper hand is the home advantage.

In the marquee event, Black have won all their matches, while Proteas lost two of their group matches to India and Pakistan.

However, most of the South African batsmen are in form and rearing to create history by reaching the finals of the ICC's most coveted event.

AB and McCullum are not only premier and swashbuckling batsmen in respective sides but are aggressive skippers as well. Thus far, they have led their sides from the front.

In the much hyped semi-final clash on Tuesday they have to go through an acid test, as their reputations would be at stake.