August 23, 2017

NZ defeat South Africa to reach Cricket World Cup Semi-Finals

Don't be scared JP it might be man-love time but you are not invited.

New Zealand have reached the Cricket World Cup semifinals after stunning South Africa by 49 runs at Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka.

Batting first after winning the toss, the New Zealanders looked as if their World Cup was over stuttering to 221-8 from their 50 overs. Jesse Ryder top scored with 83.

Halfway through their run-chase, the Proteas were coasting along on 108-3 before the loss of two wickets in the space of one over suddenly turned the match on its head.

They never recovered and some stunning work from the New Zealanders both in the field and with the ball in hand – in particular from Jacob Oram and Nathan McCullum, who took seven wickets between them – ensured the massive upset.

“It’s a very happy dressing room, obviously,” skipper Daniel Vettori said.

“Not only because we won a quarterfinal but also because the performance that we put in was very satisfying.

“250 would probably have been a really good score but with 220 we always knew was defendable and the way we bowled, and particularly the way we fielded, led by Martin Guptill, probably got us through to the victory.”

In stark contrast, South African captain Graeme Smith cut the figure of a broken man and described the feeling in his dressing room as one of “disbelief”.

South Africa lost danger man Hashim Amla to a freak dismissal in the first over when he chopped the ball onto keeper McCullum’s boot only to see it pop up into slip Vettori’s hands.

Jacques Kallis and Smith quickly steadied the ship but nobody had any idea what was to come.

Smith was the next to go, caught for 28 at point, and when Kallis was pulled in on the boundary by a brilliant Oram catch for 47 from 75 balls with his side on 108-3, the match was in the balance.

That balanced tipped in favour of the New Zealanders when JP Duminy was bowled by Nathan McCullum and two balls later the in-form AB de Villiers found himself on the end of a Guptill run out.

After that, the wickets tumbled and in the end the Proteas could only amass a meagre total of 172 from 43.2 overs, confirming, it would seem, that their chokers tag is fairly fitting.

South Africa
H. Amla c Vettori b N. McCullum 7(5)
G. Smith c sub (How) b Oram 28(34)
J. Kallis c Oram b Southee 47(75)
A. de Villiers run out (Guptill) 35(40)
J. Duminy b N. McCullum 3(12)
F. du Plessis c Southee b Oram 36(43)
J. Botha b Oram 2(10)
R. Peterson c B. McCullum b Oram 0(5)
D. Steyn c Oram b N. McCullum 8(18)
M. Morkel c sub (How) b Woodcock 3(17)
I. Tahir not out 0(1)

Extras (2lb, 1w) 3
South Africa 172

FOW 1/8, 2/69, 3/108, 4/121, 4/121, 6/128, 7/132, 8/146, 9/172, 10/172
Over 43.2
RR 3.98

Bowling O M R W
N. McCullum 10 1 24 3
D. Vettori 10 0 39 0
T. Southee 9 0 44 1
J. Oram 9 1 39 4
L. Woodcock 5.2 0 24 1

New Zealand
M. Guptill c Botha b Steyn 1(14)
B. McCullum c & b Peterson 4(4)
J. Ryder c sub (Ingram) b Tahir 83(121)
R. Taylor c Kallis b Tahir 43(72)
S. Styris b Morkel 16(17)
K. Williamson not out 38(41)
N. McCullum c Duminy b Steyn 6(18)
J. Oram b Morkel 7(6)
D. Vettori b Morkel 6(4)
L. Woodcock not out 3(3)
T. Southee 0

Extras
(4b, 4lb, 6w) 14
New Zealand 8/221

FOW 1/5, 2/16, 3/130, 4/153, 5/156, 6/188, 7/204, 8/210
Over 50
RR 4.42

Bowling O M R W
R. Peterson 9 0 49 1
D. Steyn 10 0 42 2
J. Botha 9 0 29 0
M. Morkel 8 0 46 3
I. Tahir 9 0 32 2
J. Kallis 3 1 6 0
J. Duminy 2 0 9 0