SOUTH AFRICA

  • Rain, blemishes conspire to knock South Africa out, NZ reach maiden final March 24, 2015

    Cricket is a great leveler but you tell that to a South African in any corner of the world and you would notice that the eyes are getting red and the face turning pale, fuming with anger and frustration. A nation gripped with inflation, unemployment and crime rates going up at...
  • This is the best ever New Zealand team in a World Cup: Chris Harris March 24, 2015

    This is the best ever New Zealand team to have taken the field in a World Cup, given the kind of potential we have in our batting and bowling, feels Chris Harris. ...
  • World Cup 2015: Sachin Tendulkar congratulates New Zealand March 24, 2015

    Auckland: Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar congratulated New Zealand for making it to the World Cup final after the Black Caps beat South Africa by four wickets (Duckworth/Lewis) in the semi-final at the Eden Park here on Tuesday. "Big Congratulations to New Zealand for making the ICC World Cup finals and playing...
  • Elliott stars for New Zealand as they beat South Africa in a thriller March 24, 2015

    Grant Elliott scored a match-winning 84 off 73 to power New Zealand (299/6) to their first ever World Cup final, beating South Africa (281/5) by 4 wickets (D/L) in a cliffhanger. ...
  • South Africa, rains and the World Cup jinx March 24, 2015

    South Africa's tryst with rain God Zeus continued on Tuesday as it again played a cruel part in the outcome of the first semi-final of the World Cup 2015. New Zealand reached their first Cricket World Cup final when Grant Elliott struck a six from the penultimate ball to beat...
  • World Cup 2015: I cost South Africa the game, says AB de Villiers March 24, 2015

    At a news conference after his team's loss to New Zealand in the World Cup semi-final, as the emotions of the defeated captain were almost painfully raw, AB de Villiers' most revealing answer was of only one word. De Villiers' voice cracked as he fielded questions, and he paused at times...
  • Twitter hails New Zealand's historic entry into World Cup final March 24, 2015

    Grant Elliott struck a six off the penultimate to lift New Zealand to a four-wicket win over South Africa in a cliff-hanging match on Tuesday which carried them into a World Cup final for the first time, ending their run of defeats in their six previous semi-finals. New Zealand went into...
  • World Cup: It is the greatest time of our lives, says Brendon McCullum March 24, 2015

    Auckland: A sensational win over South Africa in the heart-stopping semi-final has given New Zealand their maiden entry into the cricket World Cup final, a moment which victorious captain Brendon McCullum described as the "greatest time" of their lives. New Zealand recorded a historic four-wicket win over a fighting South Africa...
  • New Zealand create history, reach maiden World Cup final by beating South Africa March 24, 2015

    Grant Elliott scored a match-winning 84 off 73 to power New Zealand (299/6) to their first ever World Cup final, beating South Africa (281/5) by 4 wickets (D/L) in a cliffhanger heavily affected by rain. New Zealand, chasing a Duckworth-Lewis target of 298, reached 299 for 6 with a ball to...
  • Kings of Cricket: New Zealand chase 298 against South Africa March 24, 2015

    Faf du Plessis overcame an early test of nerve and patience to score 82, AB de Villiers made 65 not out and David Miller struck a vividly aggressive 49 to set New Zealand 298 runs (D/L) to win. ...
  • Indian-origin author brutally assaulted in South Africa for praising Salman Rushdie March 24, 2015

    Johannesburg: An Indian-origin author in South Africa was brutally assaulted and verbally abused after she praised controversial writer Salman Rushdie whose work has angered Muslims around the world. Zainub Priya Dala was hit in the face with a brick last week after she praised Rushdie's writing at a school in Durban,...
  • Google's new Cricket World Cup 2015 doodle pitches New Zealand vs. South Africa for the semi-final March 24, 2015

    New Delhi: Google's latest doodle in the Cricket World Cup 2015 series shows New Zealand and South Africa, who are pitched against each other for the semi-final today. The Proteas and Black Caps come into this semi-final both having displayed a propensity to play an aggressive and attacking brand of cricket...
  • As it happened: New Zealand vs South Africa, World Cup 2015, 1st semi-final March 24, 2015

    (For live updates, scroll down to reach the blog) New Zealand will take on South Africa at the Eden Park, Auckland in the first semi-final as both the teams look to book a place in a World Cup final for the first time. New Zealand, who have lost all their six previous...
  • Brendon McCullum urges fans to take leave and come out in large numbers to support Kiwis March 23, 2015

    New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum has written a letter of excuse to the fans, urging them to come out in large numbers to support the team when they take on South Africa in the 1st semi-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 on Tuesday at Eden Park. The World Cup...
  • Indian-origin author assaulted in South Africa March 23, 2015

    Johannesburg: An Indian-origin author in South Africa was brutally assaulted and verbally abused after she praised controversial writer Salman Rushdie whose work has angered Muslims around the world. Zainub Priya Dala was hit in the face with a brick last week after she praised Rushdie's writing at a school in Durban,...
  • 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...
  • World Cup: Challenge for me has been not to get too excited, says Kyle Abbott March 23, 2015

    "I have learnt a lot from Dale about preparing for a game and keeping everything in check," says Abbott. ...
  • 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: 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...