ST GEORGE’S, Grenada, April 14, 2007 (AFP) – New Zealand made certain of their place in the World Cup semifinals when they cruised to a five-wicket win over South Africa in their Super Eights match at the Grenada National Stadium Saturday.
New Zealand bounced back from their defeat against Sri Lanka two days earlier by restricting South Africa to 193 for seven and then reaching the target with ten balls to spare.
Captain Stephen Fleming and Scott Styris both made half-centuries.
The result left South Africa needing to beat England in their final Super Eights match in Barbados Tuesday to qualify for the semi-finals. It also meant that Sri Lanka also qualified for the last four.
New Zealand took full advantage of winning the toss and sending South Africa in to bat on an overcast day in conditions which helped their seam bowlers.
South Africa made a bad start, losing their first two wickets for three runs, and never recovered despite a restrained innings of 60 by Herschelle Gibbs, who shared stands of 49 with Jacques Kallis (22) and 76 with Ashwell Prince (37).
The tone was set by New Zealand opening bowlers James Franklin and Shane Bond, who both took an early wicket and were mainly responsible for South Africa