26 Mar 2011

Black Caps record stunning upset to reach World Cup semi-finals

6:49 am on 26 March 2011

The New Zealand cricketers have shocked South Africa in their world cup quarter-final clash in Dhaka upsetting the pre-tournament favourites by 49 runs to advance to the semi-finals on the subcontinent.

The Black Caps won the toss and chose to bat first reaching 221-8 on the back of a Jesse Ryder 83 before knocking over the Proteas for just 172.

All-rounder Jacob Oram was named man of the match after claiming four wickets and taking a brilliant catch on the boundary to remove danger man Jaques Kallis and turn the match in the Black Caps favour.

It was the fifth defeat in as many World Cup knockout matches for the South Africans since their first appearance at the 1992 tournament.

South Africa were cruising to victory at 108 for two in pursuit of the modest target with their premier batsman Jacques Kallis well set on 47.

But Kallis was magnificently caught on the boundary by Oram off Tim Southee, JP Duminy was bowled for three and AB de Villiers run out two balls later for 35.

New Zealand, who had fielded tenaciously and bowled with spirit, piled on the pressure with medium-pacer Oram bowling snapping up two more quick wickets.

Faf du Plessis, who was dropped by Oram on 29, hit the New Zealander for six off the next ball before holing out to Southee for 36.

Morne Morkel was the last man to fall for three as South Africa were dismissed for 172 off 43.2 overs.

Ryder anchored the New Zealand innings with 83, his maiden World Cup half-century.

New Zealand, who have now reached the semi-finals six times, will meet the winners of Saturday's quarter-final between Sri Lanka and England in Colombo next Tuesday.