Proteas chase 222 for victory

2011-03-25 13:17

New Zealand have set the Proteas a target of 222 runs to win their Cricket World Cup quarterfinal in Mirpur on Friday. The Proteas restricted the Black Caps to 221/8 in their allotted 50 overs, with Jesse Ryder top-scoring with 83.

Morne Morkel took 3-46 for South Africa. The winner of the match will face the winner of Saturday’s final quarterfinal between Sri Lanka and England.

Earlier, New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat first at the Shere Bangla National Stadium.

The winner of today’s clash will face either England or Sri Lanka in the semifinals.

South Africa are regarded by many as the favourites for today’s clash but they would do well to heed the challenge that New Zealand has posed, especially since New Zealand beat Pakistan during the group stages.

As expected, the Proteas have recalled the pace duo of Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel, while AB de Villiers resumes keeping duties. Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Wayne Parnell and Morne van Wyk are missing out.

New Zealand welcome back captain and left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori from a knee injury, who plays in place of seamer Hamish Bennett.

The Black Caps have made one other change, with left-arm spinner Luke Woodcock replacing paceman James Franklin.
Teams:
South Africa:
Graeme Smith (captain), Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers (wk), JP Duminy, Francois du Plessis, Johan Botha, Robin Peterson, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir

New Zealand:

Brendon McCullum (wk), Martin Guptill, Jesse Ryder, Ross Taylor, Kane Williamson, Scott Styris, Jacob Oram, Nathan McCullum, Daniel Vettori (captain), Tim Southee, Luke Woodcock
Umpires: Aleem Dar (PAK) and Rod Tucker (AUS)
TV umpire: Kumar Dharmasena (SRI)

Match referee: Roshan Mahanama (SRI) – Sport24

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