Dhaka: South Africa's reputation as cricket's perennial chokers returned to haunt them as New Zealand pulled off a dramatic 49-run win on Friday to qualify for the World Cup semi-finals.
The Black Caps, restricted to 221-8 after taking first strike, bundled out South Africa for 172 in an exciting finish in front of 23,000 fans at the Shere Bangla Stadium.
Jacob Oram was New Zealand's Man of the Match with four wickets and two catches while off-spinner Nathan McCullum sealed the Proteas' fate with three for 24 from 10 overs.
Skipper Graeme Smith (28) and Jacques Kallis (47) put on 61 as South Africa moved to 108-2 by the 24th over, before the last eight wickets crashed for 64 runs....more
09:09 PM, Jan 07, 2008