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New Zealand v South Africa, 3rd quarter-final, World Cup 2011, quarter-final, Dhaka

An acrobatsman and a lucky boot

ESPNcricinfo presents the Plays of the Day from the third quarter-final of the World Cup, between New Zealand and South Africa in Mirpur

Firdose Moonda and Osman Samiuddin at the Shere Bangla Stadium

March 25, 2011

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Robin Peterson is pumped after taking a return catch to dismiss Brendon McCullum, New Zealand v South Africa, 3rd quarter-final, Mirpur, World Cup 2011, March 25, 2011
Robin Peterson took a diving catch to dismiss Brendon McCullum that was reminiscent of the way he dismissed Ian Bell earlier in the World Cup © Getty Images
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The carbon-copy catch of the day
Robin Peterson seems to have been practising moving to his left and taking superb catches off his own bowling. He first did it against England to dismiss Ian Bell and he got his chance to show off the move again in the third over on Friday. Brendon McCullum was the man who thought he could test Peterson's athleticism. He came out of the crease to drive and popped it up. Peterson launched himself to his left, got both hands under it and claimed the catch. Then came the roar and the pumping of both arms in the air.

The first six of the day
It took more than 30 overs for the ball to be launched over the boundary, but when it came it was a good old whack. Ross Taylor, down on bended knee, pulled out the slog-sweep in some style. Peterson flighted a delivery and Taylor was happy to show him what should be done with balls like that. He got a good stride in, reached outside the line of off stump, dipped the left knee, connected wood with leather and, although it didn't reach the heavens, it had the distance and broke the tension that had been building for over 180 balls before that.

The party crowd
Some people said only 5,000 fans would come to the Shere Bangla Stadium for the quarter-finals because the home team would not feature, but both matches have been packed to capacity. The crowd showed a genuine love of cricket, cheering on runs and wickets irrespective of which side was getting them. They even started a chorus of "Bangladesh, Bangladesh" when matters on field were getting a little dreary, and enjoyed all the music, from the Bangla beats to the South African cricket anthem, "Nkalakatha", which used to be played for Shaun Pollock.

The acrobatsman
Kane Williamson was doing his best to gather runs at the end, playing a range of not-so-cricket shots and trying to make room for himself. Off the third-last ball of the innings, he made so much room that when he tried to get to the ball, a wide one outside off, he threw himself completely off balance. He stumbled over, did a back roll and ended up on the edge of the next pitch. And he didn't make contact with the ball.

The boot
New Zealand needed a break early if they were going to have any chance of defending 221, but nobody could have imagined the part Brendon McCullum's boot would have played in it. Hashim Amla had already whipped two elegant drives through the covers off Brendan's brother, Nathan, before he bottom-edged an attempted cut. Unfortunately for Amla, it bounced off Brendan McCullum's boot and looped up in the air straight to first slip.

The spin twins
A spinner opening the attack is not a novelty in the international game anymore, and it certainly hasn't been in this World Cup, where it is in danger of becoming the rule. It has been a successful move too. But New Zealand went one better tonight by opening with spin at both ends, the first time that has happened at this World Cup. It is actually only the fourth time it has happened in ODIs and, unlikely as it sounds, only Zimbabwe and New Zealand had done it before, all in the last year. Nathan McCullum struck in the first over and Daniel Vettori immediately caused a few scares, so South Africa were probably happy to see the tactic off with 27 runs and just one wicket down, after six overs of it.

The retro statement
This was the first match in this World Cup in which neither side used a single referral. Ah, for the good old, uncomplicated days.

Osman Samiuddin is Pakistan editor of ESPNcricinfo; Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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Comments: 17 
Posted by   on (March 25, 2011, 18:13 GMT)

New Zealand's big hearts overcome SA's big heads.

Posted by indicricket on (March 25, 2011, 18:09 GMT)

Are you there Sir Ian Terence?

Posted by Zeeshan_Khan on (March 25, 2011, 18:08 GMT)

Proteas patent the word chokers™ - beware of using it, they might sue

Posted by   on (March 25, 2011, 17:47 GMT)

I dont know who found and named S.A as "CHOKERS".

S.A proved that today once again.

Good for India It will be easy for them to march towards glory...Go India Go S.A and Aus down One more team we need to take down is Pak.. Go go go.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2011, 17:28 GMT)

Cricket is one game that has so much affinity for arithmetic-ever since their inception in WC in 1992, SA had been to SFs in alternate events--1992, 1999, and 2007. This is their holiday year on that count!! NZL, however, will have been there SIX times when they play in Colombo. Whoever the opposition is, NZL have a great prize to win: avenge their defeat by SL in the 2007 edition; or pay ENG back to even NZL loss in 1979 SF!! What a consistent side NZl are WC-wise!! Only second to AUS when it comes to making it to SFs!!! Best Luck NZL, see you there in Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. IND will be in a jinx of no home side having won WC-or else you will have an upper hand on PAK who you beat so badly in group stages. Are we about to witness a new WC Champion this time?

Posted by Jim1207 on (March 25, 2011, 17:14 GMT)

Can we please hear back now from SA fans who did not want Albie Morkel in the side and who said that they have enough people to win this world cup? If a captain from another country recommends Albie to be included in SA team, people must understand how big talent he is. And, Only Albie could have saved from this humiliation. Good bye guys., see you for the next comedy in 2015.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2011, 17:09 GMT)

I mean still 4 matches to go, and 50-over cricket is here to stay.The obituaries can be thrown in the bin.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2011, 17:08 GMT)

Can you believe it ? SA have done it again ! I feel that they are a too serious side and need to enjoy their cricket more as they get too tensed and are afraid of losing.Well, like Harsha Bhogle said, if you are afraid of losing you won't win.And NZ have once again exceeded expectations at a World Cup.This World Cup in particular has produced quite a few surprising results and there are still 3 matches to go !

Posted by desny007 on (March 25, 2011, 17:06 GMT)

CHOKERS..........................hahahahha so happy, all those SA fans who were making so much noise when they beat us should now know that there class is temporary.. Having said that this was SA's best chance for a world cup..As it has been said before they had the most balanced unit, they had every department covered and even that with class players.. Truth of the matter kallis Ab, steyn, amla will probably not be there for the next world cup and those who make it will not be as good as they are today... And lastly without them SA are very ordinary...

Posted by dunedintech on (March 25, 2011, 16:58 GMT)

Umm, Faf, you there? Come on buddy speak up. I thought you did not rate NZ?? Once again the chokers. See you 2015 Faf....provided you get picked. NZ v ENG semi.

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