Dichotomy of cricket! Happy for NZ; extremely sad for SA
What a game of sportsmanship! Everything in this semifinal clash was perfect. There was class bowling and batting from both sides, highly jubilant and appreciative crowd. More than anything, the game will be remembered for ages for the feelings associated with it. It was a semi-final, a high-pressure match for its sheer knockout stage and Final jinx of both teams.
We will never forget this game. Boult’s swing at the top of the innings, du Plessis’ absorption of all New Zealand could throw at him, Williamson dropping de Villiers, de Villiers and Miller exploding in the end, the rain, the readjusted target, McCullum making mockery of some of the best and most fearsome fast bowlers of the world, Morkel bringing South Africa back bowling with heart and menace, New Zealand losing wickets to nerves, Anderson and Elliott bringing them back, de Viliiers missing a run-out, sspider camnearly costing South Africa a wicket, de Kock missing a run-out, Steyn diving with a dodgy leg to save three runs in the penultimate over, Vettori squeezing out a yorker for four in the final, Elliott ending it with a six, the tears of Morkel, the roar of Elliott.
For Indian fans, they are already biting their nails over the fierce competition which Australia poses. Now, it is evident that even if we win the Semi-final, we can never be completely sure of the cup until 100th over on the final. Lets hope that India beats the Blackcaps in the final. But, whatever happens, the three knockouts, including this one will be remembered for a long time. The world cup feels to have come alive only with this game.