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Mar 27, 2015

Cricket-Underarm incident still resonates before World Cup final

MELBOURNE, March 27 (Reuters) – New Zealand’s cricketing Gallipoli came on Feb. 1, 1981 when Australia captain Greg Chappell instructed his brother Trevor to bowl the last ball of a one-day match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground along the ground.

New Zealand, with an All Black at the crease in the form of Brian McKechnie, needed six to tie a World Series one-day final match.

Mar 24, 2015

Elliott six brings New Zealand’s epic victory

AUCKLAND (Reuters) – New Zealand’s Grant Elliott struck the premier South Africa strike bowler Dale Steyn for six on Tuesday to give the World Cup co-hosts an epic four-wicket victory with a ball to spare in their semi-final at Eden Park.

Twelve runs were required off the final over of the rain-reduced match after New Zealand had been set a daunting 298 to score off 43 overs.

Mar 24, 2015

South Africa falter again at critical moment

AUCKLAND (Reuters) – - South Africa faltered yet again at the critical moment of a cricket World Cup on Tuesday when New Zealand snatched a semi-final victory which had appeared to be beyond their grasp for much of a rain-affected match at Eden Park. The pre-tournament favourites had dismissed suggestions that they could succumb under pressure as they have in previous editions of the 50 overs tournament despite losing to India and Pakistan in the first round.

A ruthless demolition of Sri Lanka in the quarter-finals, their first knockout win at a World Cup, indicated had put the demons of the past behind, an impression confirmed on Tuesday when they scored an impressive 281 for five from 43 overs.

Mar 24, 2015

Cricket-South Africa falter again at critical moment

AUCKLAND, March 24 (Reuters) – South Africa faltered yet again at the critical moment of a cricket World Cup on Tuesday when New Zealand snatched a semi-final victory which had appeared to be beyond their grasp for much of a rain-affected match at Eden Park.

The pre-tournament favourites had dismissed suggestions that they could succumb under pressure as they have in previous editions of the 50 overs tournament despite losing to India and Pakistan in the first round.

Mar 24, 2015

Cricket-Elliott six gives New Zealand dramatic victory

AUCKLAND, March 24 (Reuters) – New Zealand’s Grant Elliott struck the premier South Africa strike bowler Dale Steyn for six on Tuesday to give the World Cup co-hosts a tight four-wicket victory with a ball to spare in their semi-final at Eden Park.

Twelve runs were required off the final over of the rain-reduced match after New Zealand had been set a daunting 298 to score off 43 overs.

Mar 24, 2015

New Zealand set 298 to win from 43 overs in Cup semi-final

AUCKLAND (Reuters) – South Africa captain AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis shared a fourth-wicket partnership of 103 from 73 balls to power their team to an imposing 281 for five in a rain-reduced World Cup semi-final against New Zealand at Eden spoPark on Tuesday.

The co-hosts were set 298 to win from 43 overs on the Duckworth-Lewis system after a rain break five minutes short of two hours. Neither side has ever played in a World Cup final.

Mar 24, 2015

Cricket-New Zealand set 298 to win from 43 overs in Cup semi-final

AUCKLAND, March 24 (Reuters) – South Africa captain AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis shared a fourth-wicket partnership of 103 from 73 balls to power their team to an imposing 281 for five in a rain-reduced World Cup semi-final against New Zealand at Eden spoPark on Tuesday.

The co-hosts were set 298 to win from 43 overs on the Duckworth-Lewis system after a rain break five minutes short of two hours. Neither side has ever played in a World Cup final.

Mar 21, 2015

West Indies founder through familiar faults

WELLINGTON, March 21 (Reuters) – West Indies displayed all the familiar faults which have plagued them during the cricket World Cup in a quarter-final capitulation to New Zealand at the Wellington Regional Stadium on Saturday.

New Zealand opener Martin Guptill, who scored a tournament record 237 not out in his team’s 393 for six, was dropped on four when Marlon Samuels was slow to react at square leg.

Mar 21, 2015

Cricket-West Indies founder through familiar faults

WELLINGTON, March 21 (Reuters) – West Indies displayed all the familiar faults which have plagued them during the cricket World Cup in a quarter-final capitulation to New Zealand at the Wellington Regional Stadium on Saturday.

New Zealand opener Martin Guptill, who scored a tournament record 237 not out in his team’s 393 for six, was dropped on four when Marlon Samuels was slow to react at square leg.

Mar 21, 2015

Guptill record sets up crushing New Zealand victory

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – New Zealand opener Martin Guptill sent the ball soaring and the records tumbling by striking a cricket World Cup record of 237 not out on Saturday to set up his team’s crushing 143-run victory over West Indies in the final quarter-final.

New Zealand scored 206 off the closing 15 overs to reach 393 for six then dismissed West Indies for 250 from 30.3 overs.

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