Friday, March 25, 2011

Ryder takes New Zealand to 221

Mirpur, March 25, 2011

South Africa produced a disciplined bowling effort to restrict New Zealand to a modest 221 for eight in their cricket World Cup quarter-final clash here on Friday.

Morne Morkel (3/46) was the pick of the South African bowlers while Dale Steyn (2/42) and Pakistan-born leg-spinner Imran Tahir (2/32) snared two wickets apiece to stop the Kiwis way behind the 250-run mark.

For New Zealand, Jesse Ryder starred with the bat with a gritty 83 off 121 balls during which he struck eight boundaries. He added a vital 114 runs with Ross Taylor (43 off 72) for the third wicket to help the Kiwis recover after they were reduced to 16 for two at one stage.

Towards the end, Kane Williamson came up with crucial 41-ball 38-run knock to take New Zealand beyond the 200-run mark.

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