Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 29 July 2014

Cricket World Cup: New Zealand earn shot at final

New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori has called on his side to take their place in their first ever World Cup final after stunning South Africa in yesterday's last-eight encounter in Dhaka.

The Black Caps set the Proteas a modest target of just 222 for victory despite the best efforts of Jesse Ryder (83) and Ross Taylor (43), leaving Graeme Smith's men well placed to book a place in the semi-finals.

But the New Zealand attack had other ideas, with Jacob Oram and Nathan McCullum combining superbly to bowl the Proteas out for 172 and clinch a thrilling 49-run victory.

New Zealand now await the winners of today's quarter-final clash between England and Sri Lanka, and skipper Vettori has backed his troops to maintain their momentum.

“We can beat any team on any day but consistency has avoided us a lot of the time,” Vettori said.

“It's our big chance. We're perennial semi-finalists at World Cups and hopefully we can take it one step further.”

Vettori admitted his side's below-par efforts with the bat had forced their hand when it came to tackling the South African innings.

“With a score like 220 you know you've got to be aggressive and in a lot of ways the decision is taken out of your hands because you've got to keep attacking,” he admitted.

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