Fleming ecstatic as Pollock ponders over team's fortunes

Published: Monday, February 17, 2003, 4:17 [IST]
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Johannesburg: New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming hit a masterly century as his team pulled off an improbable nine-wicket win against South Africa in its World Cup match at Wanderers on Sunday. South Africa seemed to have made a match-winning total after a spectacular innings of 143 by opening batsman Herschelle Gibbs took it to a massive total of 306 for six.

But Fleming made a magnificent, career-best 134 not out off 132 balls as New Zealand reached a rain-reduced target of 226 in 39 overs with 13 balls to spare. "That was certainly my best ever innings in terms of pressure," said Fleming. "It's the kind of one where you have to wait a long time for it to come along.

We knew their total would be a tough one to chase but we had to positive." "We still believe we can go through. We have to go away and assess the situation and come back fighting fit," said Pollock who paid tribute to the Kiwis. "They completely outplayed us. It was a good wicket but we didn't bowl as well as we could have done."


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