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Proteas enter Semis beating Kiwis

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Justin Kemp’s power hitting blasted South Africa into the Semis with a six-wicket win with five balls to spare over the challenging Kiwis. South Africa were chasing a not so huge target of 154 which they did comfortably through a 65-run stand between Kemp and Boucher. Kemp won the match and also the Man of the Match award with his lusty hitting, an unbeaten 89 in 56 with half a dozen fours and as many sixes.

South Africa opted to field first but the decision seemed to have backfired with Lou Vincent and Brendon McCullum providing a superb start. The two openers put on 68 in 8.2 overs before Morne Morkel got rid of the dangerous McCullum who had made 38 in 26 with the help of a couple of sixes. South Africa pulled things back with three quick wickets. Lou Vincent was a guilty man of not able to convert his start of  32 from 29 into a bigger score. New Zealand once again found itself in trouble, this time at 90 for 4 in the 13th but again their depth in the batting rescued them. Craig McMillan once again was the hero for the Kiwis chipping in with an unbeaten 48 from 25 with 2 fours and four sixes. With lot of wickets falling towards the end, New Zealand just reached 153 for 8. The best bowler without any doubt was the tall Morne Morkel who finished with 4 for 17 in his 4 overs.

Graeme Smith fell early in the South African chase and was followed back to the dug out by AB de Villiers leaving the Proteas at 17 for 2 in the 4th over. Herschelle Gibbs who returned back after a hamstring injury made 19 with four boundaries but was caught in the deep trying to pull Chris Martin out of the park. South Africa were wobbling at 45 for 3 in the 8th over but were brought back in the game through a wonderful partnership between Justin Kemp and Mark Boucher. New Zealand could just get the wicket of Boucher in the 16th over with SA requiring 44 from 28. It was hardly any task for the big hitting Kemp and Pollock who finished the game in style. Jacob Oram became the target for the South Africans with his four overs taken for fifty runs.

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