New Zealand v South Africa, World Cup 2011, Mirpur

Kallis catch was the turning point - Oram

Osman Samiuddin at the Shere Bangla Stadium

March 25, 2011

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At the centre of a magnificent fielding performance that won New Zealand their quarter-final against South Africa were two moments. The first was an exceptional running catch on the boundary by Jacob Oram that saw the back of an unperturbed and ominous looking Jacques Kallis. The other was Martin Guptill's run-out of AB de Villiers, a few overs later and just two balls after JP Duminy's dismissal, in a short passage of play in which was crystallised South Africa's collapse.

Kallis was progressing in typically Kallis-like fashion on 47 when, in the 25th over, he pulled Tim Southee towards deep midwicket. Oram, Man of the Match for his 4 for 39, ran to his left and back towards the boundary rope, and with a little skip, held on to the catch face-high, still running. It looked far more impressive live than on the TV screens. It was the kind of catch that wins a quarter-final.

Oram's only thought when he saw the shot was to run. "The beauty of it was that it wasn't in the air that long. If it was a real skier where I had 5 or 10 seconds to think about it, I probably would've got a little bit scared underneath it.

"My only thought was just run, because he did hit it so well. What helped me was just the angle the ball was coming at; with a pull shot like that, it almost curls back into the angle I was running on. So I was running back and across. Thankfully I am 6'6". I replaced Kane Williamson out there who is about 4'6"; maybe it would have been a one-bounce four if he was out there."

Guptill's intervention came from midwicket, exploiting a tiny moment's hesitation between Faff du Plessis and de Villiers. The catch and Guptill's effort, which ended the most fluent knock of the match, were, Oram said, moments that turned the entire game.


Jacob Oram takes a catch right on the boundary to dismiss Jacques Kallis, New Zealand v South Africa, 3rd quarter-final, Mirpur, World Cup 2011, March 25, 2011
Jacob Oram's running catch of Jacques Kallis started a South African collapse © Getty Images
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"My catch [was a turning point], and I'm not just pointing that out because it's me, but because it broke a partnership that looked like it was starting to build. And the second moment which galvanised us to another level, and put the skids on them, was Martin Guptill running out AB de Villiers. That just seemed to make us all grow a foot taller, and you could see them getting a little worried."

There was a sustained level of excellence in the field throughout the match, from both sides. Daniel Vettori, the New Zealand captain, thought the fielding allowed them to keep the pressure up.

"We got a little bit of luck with the Hashim Amla wicket, and there was a great piece of work with Guptill running out de Villiers," Vettori said. "Those two things, combined with some great bowling and great fielding, allowed us to attack the whole game. The way we bowled and particularly the way we fielded, led by Guptill, probably got us through to the victory."

Another semi-final spot for a side that was stuttering until recently may have surprised others, but not Oram, who believes this is not the end of New Zealand's run. "Did we ever think we could make it to the semis? Of course we did and we're not finishing here, hopefully. We didn't come across here to defeat the minnows in our pool and then lose the quarter-final and go home. Why not go on and win the semi-final and take on the winner of the other semi in Mumbai in a week's time?"

If that eventuality does occur, Oram wouldn't mind facing Pakistan. "That's not because we're scared of India," he said. "It's because we've played Pakistan in a six-match series at home and we've defeated them in Pallekele. So we know them very well, even though they defeated us at home. But if it's India, bring them on as well."

Osman Samiuddin is Pakistan editor of ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (March 26, 2011, 23:39 GMT)

@Arun Kapuganty. I do not believe catches win matches. SL dropped 3 easy chances but they still crushed POMS.

Posted by pinturuna on (March 26, 2011, 23:28 GMT)

as usual NZ will bow out of WC in semi final against their boss sri lanka.

Posted by thatsgold on (March 26, 2011, 22:32 GMT)

just gonna put it out there...MARTIN GUPTILL IS THE BEST FIELDER IN THE WORLD!!!

Posted by   on (March 26, 2011, 7:45 GMT)

"Catches win Matches"....

Posted by me.teamindia on (March 26, 2011, 5:44 GMT)

first think of your semifinal ...although u hav the ability dont dream too big...take one match at a time..

Posted by   on (March 26, 2011, 4:26 GMT)

I respect the victory of new zealand. But lets not misread Indian team. The body language of theirs is signalling something.

"whatever you all and others wish to think, comment and joke around we are on a mission world cup 2011 and we will win it for......."

Its not indian cricket team's talent which is bring them so far. Its their strong and dedicated will power. U can see it on youraj's face or a sachin or the ever cool dhoni. its written clear.

this time its not just prayers and homas alone are driving its their strong wish and ambition to be there at top.

Posted by   on (March 26, 2011, 3:39 GMT)

Kallis catch was the turning point - Oram

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At the centre of a magnificent fielding performance that won New Zealand their quarter-final against South Africa were two moments. The first was an exceptional running catch on the boundary by Jacob Oram that saw the back of an unperturbed and ominous looking Jacques Kallis. The other was Martin Guptill's run-out of AB de Villiers, a few overs later and just two balls after JP Duminy's dismissal, in a short passage of play in which was crystallised South Africa's collapse.

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (March 26, 2011, 2:24 GMT)

Can somebody show me whether NZ was predicted to be in SF? This is the match where fielding won the match. Go Black Caps Go!!!!!

Posted by   on (March 26, 2011, 1:03 GMT)

I think if we face India it would be the ultimate David vs Goliath match. A country of 4.2-4.3 million up against a country of over 1.2 billion in the final would be most unexpected. We finally played a strong game against major opposition again, so perhaps we have started to come out of our rut. I don't count that match against Pakistan, because keeping like Akmal's was very suspect and they are every bit as mercurial as we are. But our fielding is no doubt one of our strongest attributes. I think we will play well in the semi, even if it is Sri Lanka we face, I think we will finally put in another good performance.

Posted by Amu123 on (March 25, 2011, 23:53 GMT)

It is sad for Kallis,,,, This WC is sort of like the last option for him or Tendulkar to win a WC in their remarkable career,,, that is the one thing missing for them.... it is sad that Kallis has missed it.... hope for tendulkar it is not the same.... i guess SA were over arrogant this time,,, but what can they do??? they always are the best team (if not one of the best teams) in to the WC but crumble after the 1st round....

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Osman Samiuddin Osman spent the first half of his life pretending he discovered reverse swing with a tennis ball half-covered with electrical tape. The second half of his life was spent trying, and failing, to find spiritual fulfillment in the world of Pakistani advertising and marketing. The third half of his life will be devoted to convincing people that he did discover reverse swing. And occasionally writing about cricket. And learning mathematics.
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