Well Played New Zealand – Unlucky South Africa

NewZealand v South Africa

Todays semi final saw the two sides who are dubbed as semi final chokers face off. Unlucky for South Africa they still hold the tag. It turned out to be the game of the competition so far. From the moment when the anthems were played to the very last ball, every single player gave it his all. It must really hurt for the players and fans of South Africa to have lost such a game.

The game reminded us all of how good top level 50 over cricket can be. As a neutral it was amazing seeing the big names all perform in a game. Im sure none of that matters for the players of South Africa at the moment, but they should really take some credit in the way they played their cricket. They must feel they are really jinxed with world cup semi finals.

Since the last world cup South Africa have been the stand out side for about three and a half years. They only started to falter in the lead up to the world cup. Conversely New Zealand have really gone a bit under the radar, always having the players but never the right performances when it matters. It does help that they have played every game in their own country so far, but the final will be in Australia.

There is something to havingĀ home advantage at a world cup. India and Sri Lanka battled out the last final (the two countries who have most exposure to those types of pitches) and this one possibly could be New Zealand v Australia.

The other semi final should be another cracker. India did not perform against the Aussies all winter, not winning a single match against them all tour. This is the match that matters the most. Can India bring their A game? This is what they have done throughout the world cup, if they do it should be another massive match.

All in all I feel the four best sides were in the semi finals, after that it all depends on what happens over the course of 100 overs. I really have a feeling for India now, but you can never say never with Australia. Bring on Thursday morning.

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