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NewZealand defeating South Africa gave English one final 'semi final' chance

By NZ winning this match, RSA Vs Eng match turns out to be exciting one.English now has semis chances.NZ is the second team after Australia to confirm berth in semis of WC 2007.

I was hoping for a tough match today and here goes another one sided game of WC2007.

RSA should have easily managed 230/240 today if Gibbs and Prince had continued till 40th over.The match started getting a bit boring with singles on the board moving at a very slow pace.Patel was very economical and didn’t give any chance for RSA to show us any fire works.Seeing the way RSA played in few of the middle overs with quick six runs/over the hopes were raised again that in slog overs RSA will again do something like it previously did against Pakistan with 154 on board in last 11 overs.A very good innings from Gibbs under pressure.

Looks like SA were in a similar position today as NZ were against SL. NZ should have gotten an easy 250,but were not at all aggressive enough and paid the price.

How often does a new bowler break up a partnership ?McMillan (pic to left) , the man with Golden arm today did the trick for Men in black. Now SA has to start all over sad end after such a good partnership from Gibbs and prince.Boucher,man of fastest fifties in world cups failed to make RSA cruise to a big score.Mc Millan did the righteous damage to RSA batting that never showed any signs of recovery thereafter.

Shane bond with his impressive spell of 1/11 off 7 overs and Mc Millan on the other end destroyed RSA to make big score.Likely Knowing RSA’s weakness against spinners NZ might have selected two spinners today.

NZ are lucky that three catches of one from Styris and Two off Fleming is being dropped by RSA.This is the turning point of the game as saying dropped catches results in dropped matches which NZ learnt it harder way with SL.RSA hopefully got their lesson today.Hall’s bowling action looks so different or funny when he runs in to bowl, I don’t know if it is just me that felt this way.At one moment looked like runs are not coming easily for NZ. Couple of quick wickets by RSA should have put some pressure.

Styris, the man in golden form contributed another significant knock for Kiwis.
McMillan with all round performance won the match for NZ and thus raised hopes in English.

RSA is becoming a weaker and weaker team with sloppy fielding, batting and bowling as the games progress.

I picked AUS and RSA for the finals, Now seems like AUS and SL are the teams.


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Posted By: Kalyan | Date: April 14, 2007 | Categories: 2007 World Cup, Cricket

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