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  • ICC World Cup: Can New Zealand be 7th time lucky? March 23, 2015

    Co-hosts New Zealand, who face South Africa in the 1st semi-final of the World Cup on Tuesday, have never won in semis despite being there on six previous occasions. ...
  • World Cup: Pace will be ace for South Africa in semis, says Ricky Ponting March 23, 2015

    Auckland: Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting on Monday said South Africa should consider unleashing an all-out pace assault against New Zealand in the semi-final of the Cricket World Cup on Tuesday. Ponting said the Proteas should leave out leg-spinner Imran Tahir, their leading wicket-taker for the tournament with 15 scalps, and...
  • New Zealand, South Africa battle it out for their first World Cup final March 23, 2015

    The apartheid had given the Proteas enough pain that denied the world to watch some of the best cricketers in action starting with the likes of Barry Richards to Basil D'Oliveira, who later went on to play for England. Cricket, much like any other sport in the African nation, had...
  • World Cup: NZ and SA to battle out for a spot in the finals March 23, 2015

    New Zealand and South Africa will face each other in the first semi-final of the World Cup 2015 with both teams bidding to reach the final for the first time. ...
  • New Zealand vs South Africa, 1st semi-finals: The key battles March 23, 2015

    New Zealand and South Africa are all set to create history as either of the teams will make it to the semi-finals for the first time in a World Cup. Both semi-finalists- New Zealand and South Africa - will meet at the beautiful Eden Park in Auckland on Tuesday with...
  • World Cup: Martin Guptill is probably not quite done yet, says McCullum March 23, 2015

    Auckland: Martin Guptill's double ton was the fillip New Zealand needed heading into their World Cup semi-final against South Africa, according to captain Brendon McCullum. At stake is an historic first appearance in the World Cup final with neither side having progressed past the semis in the past. New Zealand were forced...
  • New Zealand and South Africa on the cusp of history, eye first ever World Cup final March 23, 2015

    Auckland: New Zealand and South Africa meet in the semi-finals of the Cricket World Cup on Tuesday, with both teams bidding to reach the final for the first time. Here are some things to watch for: Captains Fantastic New Zealand's Brendon McCullum and South Africa's AB de Villiers are not only the...
  • World Cup: NZ fans behind their team as the co-hosts aim to break the semis jinx March 23, 2015

    Auckland: Here come the Black Caps. It was a seven year old who set things off at Departure Gate 16 at the Wellington Airport. Fresh off their win against West Indies, charging towards a collision with South Africa in the semi-final of the World Cup, New Zealand's cricketers trickled towards the...
  • World Cup 2015: Martin Crowe hails 'courageous' Guptill March 23, 2015

    Wellington: New Zealand great Martin Crowe on Monday praised Martin Guptill's record-breaking World Cup feats after helping the batsman reinvent himself late in his career. Crowe, who is battling terminal cancer, also tipped another of his proteges Ross Taylor to come good for the Black Caps, who face South Africa on...
  • World Cup 2015: Rain looms as unwanted guest at NZ-SA semi-final March 23, 2015

    Auckland: While New Zealand and South Africa concentrate on aspects of their preparations they can control ahead of their Cricket World Cup semi-final on Tuesday, the main factor they can't control - the weather - has begun to enter more and more into match considerations. Auckland's weather is notoriously changeable and...
  • World Cup 2015: Brendon McCullum rules out sledging against South Africa March 23, 2015

    The ugly confrontation that marred New Zealand and South Africa's 2011 World Cup quarter-final is unlikely to be repeated in Tuesday's clash at Eden Park because the teams have 'grown up', New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum believes. The World Cup co-hosts play South Africa in the first semi-final in Auckland on...
  • World Cup: South Africa determined to win the semis, says De Villiers March 23, 2015

    South Africa captain AB de Villiers doubts he will need to say too much to motivate his team mates for their cricket World Cup semi-final against New Zealand as he feels they are already in a 'good space'. South Africa enter Tuesday's clash at Eden Park slight favourites after demolishing Sri...
  • World Cup 2015: Spin will give New Zealand edge over South Africa March 23, 2015

    I reckon the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 semi-final between New Zealand and South Africa is almost too close to call. Both teams are playing with confidence and one look at the talent on show on either side means it has the potential to be a classic. Everywhere you look...
  • NZ pacer Adam Milne ruled out of World Cup, Matt Henry replaces him March 23, 2015

    Auckland: New Zealand fast bowler Adam Milne has been ruled out of the remainder of the cricket World Cup after suffering pain in his heel and has been replaced in the squad by Matt Henry, the team said on Monday. The 22-year-old had been suffering pain in his left heel for...
  • World Cup 2015: Semi-final clash will be South Africa's greatest challenge March 23, 2015

    When one mentions the countries, South Africa and New Zealand, in the same sentence one automatically thinks of the great rugby union rivalry between the two nations that has been ongoing since 1921. Legendary South African rugby player, Boy Louw, possibly said it best: "When South Africa plays New Zealand, consider...
  • World Cup 2015: Batsmen scaling new heights and it's good for the game March 23, 2015

    To start with, I would like to congratulate Martin Guptill for a magnificent innings. Such a knock in a quarter-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup deserves a lot of credit. He was dropped early in his innings, when on four, but he did not look back after that. And...
  • World Cup 2015: New Zealand's road to semi-finals March 23, 2015

    New Zealand entered the World Cup 2015 quarter-finals with an unblemished record winning all the six matches and then won the match against the West Indies to set up their semi-final clash against South Africa. Martin Guptill's record-shattering double century at the Cake Tin sent New Zealand into the semi-finals after...
  • World Cup: Scouting for SA has been done already, says NZ coach Mike Hesson March 22, 2015

    Co-hosts New Zealand will take on South Africa in the first semi-final of the ICC World Cup 2015 on March 26. ...
  • David Miller low key ahead of South Africa's World Cup semi-final March 22, 2015

    South Africa batsman David Miller has a talent for deadpan humour. Asked if he watched New Zealand's Cricket World Cup quarter-final against the West Indies on Saturday, and more particularly Martin Guptill's unbeaten innings of 237, Miller affects a poker face and says "no ... what happened?" It's unlikely New Zealand's 143-run...
  • New Zealand's Cricket World Cup semi-final heartbreak March 22, 2015

    Auckland: New Zealand will hope it's a case of seventh time lucky when they face South Africa at Auckland's Eden Park on Tuesday, as all six of their previous World Cup semi-finals have ended in defeat. Below AFP Sport looks back at the Black Caps' litany of last-four woes: 1975, The Oval:...
  • A guide to the ICC World Cup 2015 semi-finals March 22, 2015

    The Cricket World Cup began on February 14 with 14 teams. More than a month later, the tournament has been reduced to four countries including defending champion India, four-time winners Australia and their co-host New Zealand, and South Africa. "The best four teams are in the semi-finals, and I don't think...
  • World Cup: Guptill's innings greatest in ODI history by a New Zealand player March 22, 2015

    It is easy to throw around superlatives to describe and categorise Martin Guptill's monumental 237 not out against West Indies in the World Cup quarterfinal in Wellington on Saturday (March 21). But there is no question in my mind that it is the greatest limited-overs innings in history by a New...
  • Best four in World Cup semis, says Mike Hesson March 22, 2015

    Auckland: There can be no argument about the make up of the World Cup semi-finals, with the best four teams still alive, New Zealand coach Mike Hesson declared on Sunday. New Zealand were the last confirmed semi-finalists when Martin Guptill's stunning 237 not out set up a lopsided 143-run victory over...
  • World Cup quarter-finals: Guptill, big retirements, favourites through March 22, 2015

    Favourites India, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia registered comprehensive victories against their opponents in the quarter-finals to book their spot in the last four of the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup. Hosts Australia and New Zealand reached the semis for the record seventh time, South Africa won their first...
  • World Cup Exclusive: New Zealand in prime form to play maiden final March 22, 2015

    (Legendary New Zealand allrounder Chris Harris, IBN World Cup Cricket Expert, is contributing exclusively for Cricketnext. Catch him Live in pre- and post-match shows throughout the ICC World Cup 2015 only on CNN-IBN and IBN7) I think Martin Guptill's coming back to some great form with a fabulous knock of 237...
  • World Cup 2015: Knock has not sunk in yet, says Martin Guptill March 21, 2015

    Wellington: New Zealand opener Martin Guptill, who smashed an unbeaten 237 off 163 balls against the West Indies in the cricket World Cup quarter-final here on Saturday, said his innings has not sunk in yet. The 28-year-old hammered his way to the highest World Cup individual score and the second highest...
  • World Cup 2015: Brendon McCullum hails 'sublime' Martin Guptill knock March 21, 2015

    Wellington: New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum acclaimed opener Martin Guptill's World Cup record 237 not out against West Indies on Saturday as one of the best ever seen in one-day cricket. The co-hosts overwhelmed the twice former champions by 143 runs in the final quarter-final at the Wellington Regional Stadium to...
  • World Cup: Would like to remain West Indies captain, says Jason Holder March 21, 2015

    Wellington: Newly-appointed West Indies skipper Jason Holder said that he would like to keep leading the Caribbean side despite losing the World Cup quarter-final to New Zealand at the Wellington Regional Stadium on Saturday. New Zealand beat West Indies by 143 runs to enter the semi-finals of the mega event where...
  • Kings of Cricket: New Zealand enter semis after win over West Indies March 21, 2015

    Chasing 394, WI were all out for 250 runs in 30.3 overs as NZ reached the semis of a World Cup for the seventh time. Martin Guptill scored 237 and Trent Boult picked up 4 wickets. ...