Friday, March 25, 2011

New Zealand Beats South Africa To Reach Semifinals

New Zealand beat South Africa in the third quarter final match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 and as a result enters into the semi finals. This is the sixth time they entered the semi finals but could not manage to win the World Cup even once in the previous five contests. South Africa once again lost in the knock out stage of a World Cup and left out disappointing without winning even a single title. They are one of the favorites of the tournament before entering the World Cup and also stood top in the points table of Group B but could not manage to win against Kiwis in Dhaka. But with this South African team getting out of the World Cup, we are losing one of he best fielding sides of he world.

In the big match today New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat, they lost two wickets in quick session but later on Ryder and Taylor built up their innings and helped the scoreboard to keep ticking without losing a wicket. In the process Ross Taylor got out for 43 runs and ten Styris was dismissed for 16. Later Williamson was the only one who scored 38 runs and J Ryder got out for 83 runs. The lower middle order and lower order totally wrapped up for a very less score and managed to post just 221 runs on the board. M Morkel was the pick of the bowlers for South Africa with three wickets and Ryder was the best batsman for New Zealand today contributing 83 runs with his bat.

South Africa are pretty happy getting into bat with a comfortable score on the board to chase, but the New Zealand bowlers bowled really well to get rid of the Proteas. Nathan McCullum got an early break through with the ball for the Kiwis dismissing Amla and later continued his good bowling picking up three wickets for his team. Later, Jacob Oram came into the attack and picked up 4 wickets to destroy the South African batting line up. He claimed the man of the match award for his bowling figures of 4-39 and winning it for the New Zealand. G Smith (28 runs), J Kallis (47 runs), AB De Villiers (35) and Du Plessis (36) were the only South African batsmen to get into the double figures. Kallis is the highest scorer for South Africa with 47 runs. With this New Zealand reached semi-finals surprisingly as they are not in the favorite teams of the World Cup till the tournament started. With this India, Pakistan, New Zealand reached semi finals. New Zealand will play its semi final match of the Cricket World Cup on 29th March, 2011 at Colombo with the winner of the fourth quarter final match that is going to be played tomorrow between England and Sri Lanka.

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