Player of the Match
Player of the Match
    0.6 Amla might be out. In the freakiest possible manner. Short ball from Nathan from wide of the crease, lands back of a length and keeps low as Amla shapes to cut. Since the ball kept low, he ended up under-edging it, and it was headed straight into the turf. Brendon McCullum had no chance of catching it as it hurtled downwards, but it thudded into his foot and took off towards slip, where it was caught. New Zealand knew it immediately. Brendon in a bit of pain, but he won't mind that. At all. 8/1
    14.2 Smith has thrown it away. Another wicket falls against the run of play today. Full and wide outside off from Oram, it was there for the flaying, but Smith had to keep it down. He did not get the front foot across, and hence carved it in the air. How, the substitute, was waiting at a cross between gully and backward point. Nicely taken. Smith threw the kitchen sink at it, but forgot to first unscrew the thing from the wall. Can the Kiwis get back into the game now? 69/2
    24.1 jinxed Kallis there, he's gone! perhaps this game isn't going to be one-sided after all, it was a shortish ball, Kallis rocked back and clobbered it, it seemed set to go for a six, but Jacob Oram was lurking at deep midwicket and he plucks a high catch to get a big breakthrough for New Zealand 108/3
    27.6 South Africa, what are you doing? that famous C-word that makes SA fans bristle is going to be bandied about now, du Plessis works the ball towards midwicket and calls AB through for a sharp single, de Villiers races through and dives but he can't make his ground in time before McCullum whips off the bails, massive moment this, there has been some top fielding today, and McCullum was lightning in taking off the bails 121/5
    27.4 bowled 'im! New Zealand are in this, they are cock-a-hoop after getting their fourth wicket, Duminy looks to cut a delivery that was coming straight on, he misses, it crashes into middle and off, this game just got a lot more interesting 121/4
    42.5 Faf's gone, and with that, I reckon the last ember of South African hope. Tragedy for the Proteas. Can't blame him for going for another big hit, he had to do this all by himself. It was a full delivery wide outside off and Faf lined it up by moving towards leg stump. He made really solid contact with a cracking sliced cover drive, but Southee was at cover point. It went dead straight to him. Oram has 4. What a game he is having! He so badly wanted to play this World Cup after all those injuries. It's a happy Friday night out for the big man. 172/9
    32.5 and another one gone, short of length ball that moved away a touch, Botha plays down the wrong line, he was looking to defend down the middle stump, but the ball was heading for off, and South Africa are six down 128/6
    34.2 Oram can't hide his glee, he's running around in glee, tip-toeing with a naughty smile on his face. Brendon McCullum is happy as well. Tragedy for Robin Peterson. Back of a length ball angling across him, it may have kept lower than he thought as he went for the slash and got an under edge. Clear noise, and through to Baz. Robin's gone. South Africa's World Cup is coming to an end. 132/7
    37.4 a camera moment from Oram. He trotted in, loped forward, swooped and dived ahead in slow motion to take a regulation catch at point. Steyn's demise is a lot like South Africa's tonight. Long, and agonisingly drawn out. Tossed up outside off, Steyn hops out and goes for an airy inside out carve and gets a big outside edge. The ball loops up and comes down, and inevitably Oram gets under it. 146/8
    43.2 New Zealand have asphyxiated South Africa's chase, and the end has finally arrived. Morkel charges out, he knows only a miracle could have redeemed this, he got to the pitch and looked to blast an off drive over long off, against the spin. He made good connection, but not good enough. Easy, comfortable catch in the deep. Boy, when are South Africa going to win a World Cup?! 172/10
    not out
    3 (lb 2, w 1)
    172 all out (43.2 Overs, RR: 3.96)
    Fall of wickets: 1-8 (HM Amla, 0.6 ov), 2-69 (GC Smith, 14.2 ov), 3-108 (JH Kallis, 24.1 ov), 4-121 (JP Duminy, 27.4 ov), 5-121 (AB de Villiers, 27.6 ov), 6-128 (J Botha, 32.5 ov), 7-132 (RJ Peterson, 34.2 ov), 8-146 (DW Steyn, 37.4 ov), 9-172 (F du Plessis, 42.5 ov), 10-172 (M Morkel, 43.2 ov)
    NL McCullum10.012432.40411000
    DL Vettori10.003903.90352000
    TG Southee9.004414.88255000
    JDP Oram9.013944.33354100
    LJ Woodcock5.202414.50162010

Match Notes

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    Four years ago, Faf du Plessis was at the vortex of the on-field altercation that fueled South Africa's folding in the quarter-final against New Zealand. Four years later, he wants to do it all over again

  • Oram, South Africa and the curse

    Inexplicable things happen to South Africa in ICC events, but how did they choke during a chase of 222 in the 2011 game against New Zealand?

  • The horror, the horror

    The World Cup knockout-phase monkey stays infernally glued to South Africa's backs for another four years