South Africa cruise to victory

Published: Monday, October 16, 2000, 18:10 [IST]
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Benoni: South Africa cruised to a six-wicket victory over New Zealand after having set a modest victory target of 195 by the Kiwis on Sunday.Boje coming in as a pinch-hitter once again did the star turn for the Proteas with a brisk 64 and giving him solid support at the other end was Gary Kirsten. Both put on 111 runs for the second wicket. Boje continued where he left of and displayed attacking cricket. He thumped the ball to all parts of the ground, while Kristen played the sheet anchor.After their departure Kallis saw the team through with an unbeaten 39.

Kallis was as solid as ever stroking the ball with a great degree of ease while being solid in his defence. Cullinan recalled to the One-day squad failed to impress as he departed without tickling the scores.The New Zealand bowler never looked like causing any trouble as the South Africans milked their way towards victory.Earlier South Africa on their superiority with the ball when they choked the New Zealand batting effort right from the word go to eventually restrict them to 194 for eight. None of the New Zealand batsmen were able to counter the South African accuracy with the ball and ended up losing wickets whenever they tried to up the pace.

Telemachus struck the first blow when he trapped Nevin in front of the stumps with just 10 on the board, who was soon followed by Fleming, clean bowled by Donald, to have the Kiwis struggling at 38 for two in the 14th over.Even the in-form Twose struggled to get going and departed to Kallis in an effort to heave his bat, to reduce the Kiwis to 65 for three in the 21st over. From then on the Kiwis were always struggling to make an impression.Barring Astle (58) none of the Kiwi top order batsmen were able to counter South Africa's supremacy with the ball.

The hero of the ICC final Cairns looked like coming good for the Kiwis but he was undone by Klusener and although Harris and Parore threw their bats around towards the end, they were not able to sustain the pace and departed going for runs.South African fielding, as usual, was at its brilliant best with Jonty toping the chart with a stunning catch to bring about the down fall of Parore who had just struck a couple of fours and was threatening to fetch the Kiwis a huge chunk of runs towards the closure of their innings. For the South Africans Donald was the pick of the bowlers returning with figures of four for 49, while Klusener and Boje chipped in with two wickets apiece.

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