New Zealand Upsets South Africai in World Cup
A total of 221 shouldn't have been enough against South Africa. The Kiwis didn't feel it was enough. Yet, at the end it proved to be more than enough, giving the Kiwis an upset win over Smith’s men in a maddening night in Mirpur, at Shere Bangla Stadium, that has seen other heart-breaking dramas in this very world cup.
With this came to an end the career of a great cricketer of the present era, skipper G C Smith, in this last world cup match. He could not take his team to the semis, with arguably the most talented bunch of cricketers of this time—so close, yet so far, the world cup will not bear the name of South Africa, not at least till four more years.
At 108 for 2, the Proteas were coasting to an easy win against unfancied New Zealand, and then Kallis fell to a spectacular catch from man-of-the-match Jacob Oram, who sprinted to his right at deep midwicket on Southee’s bowling. The pitch was slow but offering no sharp turn. The bowlers were disciplined but not devastating. It was still South Africa’s game to lose, and they lost in a fashion that only reinforced the name “choker” that they have now been associated with in international cricket.
At the present time, South Africa has the best opening bowling pair in Steyn and Morkel, and probably equally strong spin strength in Peterson and the newcomer leg spinner Tahir. They have batting stars such as Smith, Amla, Kallis and de Villiers, nightmares of any bowler, and it was no surprise that they were tournament favorite along with the three sub-continent stalwarts—India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, even before the contest began.
At Mirpur, South Africa used their bowlers to torment the Black Caps. Before long, the Kiwis were 16 for 2 and it was left to Ryder and Taylor to revive New Zealand innings. Both batsmen batted sensibly and took the score to 130, when Taylor departed scoring 43, and no significant partnership followed, at the end they could only scramble together 221, hardly a winning total at Shere Bangla Stadium.
With departure of Kallis the nerves of the Proteas became raw, which was visible from the dismissal of Duminy, who had a good time so far in this tournament, only to play an awful shot today to drag a slower McCullum delivery to the stumps to make it 121 for 4, in the 28th over.Continued on the next page