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New Zealand the curse to South Africa in ICC knock outs

South Africa always enters ICC tournament as on one of the favorite (barring 2019 wc) . They probably had one of the best squad in 2011 and 2015 WC , with big names on the board they dominates the group stage . They were one of the toughest team to beat in the league stage. But when they enters into the knock out their reputation of chokings coms to play and they bottle an easy win.

Talking about 2011 world cup , South Africa finishes at the top in the group stage . Being table topper they got chance to play with Kiwis (last qualified team from other group) in Quarter final. Trio of Steyn , Tahir and Morkel restricted kiwis for just 221 runs , SA needed 222 to qualify for Semi’s. Seeing in form SA batting line up ,it was like a cake walk but what comes next was bottling an easy win ,they collapse from 107/2 to 172 gifting an easy win to Blackcaps.

ICC World Cup 2011 quarter-final: New Zealand spinners choke South Africa -  Cricket Country

“Same story repeated in 2015 wc , SA was doing good in the league stage and they defeated Sri Lanka quite comfortably in the quarter and reached Semi’s where they faced Blackcaps once again which later turn out to be a match to remember not just beacause it was nail bitting finish but also because of the spirit of the game was kept high by both teams.

It was earned in a thrilling, fluctuating contest played out in front of a raucous and partisan crowd at Eden Park. South Africa, resisted, just as they had earlier through Du Plessis’ patience, De Villiers’ invention and Miller’s explosive power , SA scored 281 in rain affected 43 over match. Target for NZ was 298 (D/L adjusted).  Brendon McCullum destroyed the South Africa attack with a 22-ball half-century that included taking 24 runs from a single Steyn over. Too much of misfield and catch drops took the match to the last over where SA born Elliot took the match away from the Africans. What fan’s witness after the match broke almost everyone , even non SA fan was left crying seeing the condition of their favorites. ”

WATCH: NZ vs SA semi-final match from World Cup 2015 - Cricket@22Yards

It was New Zealand both the time who spoils SA party and turned out to be the curse for them.

Full Scorecard of South Africa vs New Zealand 1st Semi-Final 2014/15 -  Score Report | ESPNcricinfo.com
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Sabin koirala

Sabin koirala sports  journalist by profession working for many online portals . Cricket is my passion and I simply love writing about cricket.

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