South Africa crush Kiwis by 115 runs

Published: Monday, October 16, 2000, 18:10 [IST]
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Centurion: South Africa cruised to a massive victory of 115 runs over New Zealand after having set a massive target of 325 for the Kiwis on Wednesday.South Africa showed their superiority with the ball when they choked the New Zealand batting effort right from the word go to eventually dismiss them to 189.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 in the rain hit match. The Kiwis were asked to score 304 runs in 43 overs, after play resumed. Earlier, South Africa made mince meat of the Kiwi attack to post a colossal 324 for four in 50 overs.

Architect of South Africa's colossal score was a record breaking 160-run second wicket partnership between Gary Kirsten and Nicky Boje, which laid the foundation for the final assault.Nicky Boje and Gary Kirsten who seem to be on a song flayed the Kiwi attack and made a subtle mockery of the ICC Knock Out tournament, which had quite recently crowned the Kiwis as Champions. The Kiwis were nowhere close to the Champion tag that they have earned themselves. Boje's second century of this series confirmed the rising status of Boje in world cricket.

Sent in as a pinch hitter ahead of Kallis, Boje seems to be making that slot his own and Kallis is now pushed down to the two down slot. Boje's 124 was complied of 114 deliveries with 13 fours and a six, while Kirsten narrowly missed his century by six runs. Kallis who came in at the fall of Kirsten's wicket then went on to play an uncharacteristic knock of 45 made of a mere 38 balls, which included two mighty hits over the fence.Nicky Boje was adjudged man of the match for the second consecutive time in the series.

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