There are no surprises in the semi-finals at this year’s cricket World Cup as the host nations have looked very convincing in their quarter-final matches.
It will take something very special for South Africa to beat New Zealand and India to beat Australia. Australia did show a slight weakness in their match against Pakistan and that was against the hostile fast bowling of Wahab Riaz.
India don’t have a left arm fast bowler like Wahab Riaz but M.S Dhoni and the Indianan bowlers might have seen enough to really exploit the top and middle order of the world cup hosts. It is clear to see in this World Cup that there is no substitute for hostile fast bowling.
Pakistan showed this against a good South African team when they defended a small total. If Pakistan could take there catches off the bowling of Riaz they may have put Australia under severe pressure.
A lot is said about the big totals being scored in this World Cup due to big bats and fielding restrictions but the big difference between teams has been the fast bowling.
Accurate fast bowling is the difference between the teams and if the tournament goes according to the International Cricket boards bowling rankings Australia and South Africa have two fast bowlers in the top ten each.
With his performance against the West Indies and being the leading wicket taker in the world cup so far, Trent Bout the left arm fast bowler of New Zealand is a real threat to South Africa and may be the difference between the two sides in the semi-finals.