Proteas set New Zealand target of 298 in 43 overs

2015-03-24 09:28

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Auckland – Faf du Plessis overcame an early test of nerve and patience to score 82, AB de Villiers made 65 not out and David Miller struck a vividly aggressive 49 as South Africa posted 281-5 against New Zealand today in their Cricket World Cup semifinal.

Showers forced the players from the field after 38 overs, with South Africa on 216-3. When players returned an hour and 54 minutes later the match had been shortened from 50 to 43 overs per innings.

South Africa added 65 runs in the five overs available after the resumption, leaving New Zealand to score 298 under the Duckworth-Lewis system to reach a World Cup final for the first time and after their seventh semifinal appearance.

The Black Caps got off to a strong start with Brendon McCullum smashing 59 runs off 26 balls before he was caught by Dale Steyn.

Kane Williamson was the next to go after dragging a Morné Morkel delivery onto his stumps, leaving New Zealand on 81/2 after 8.5 overs.

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