Oram a hero as Kiwis stun Proteas

Dhaka, Bangladesh – New Zealand pulled off a major upset as they beat South Africa on Friday by knocking the form team out of the World Cup in the quarter-finals.

South Africa have now lost all five of their knockout matches since they first played at the tournament in 1992 while underdogs New Zealand advanced to the semi-finals for the sixth time.

Man-of-the-match Jacob Oram took two brilliant catches and captured 4-39 with his accurate medium pace after the South Africans appeared to be cruising to victory in pursuit of a modest victory target of 222 at the Sher-E-Bangla Stadium.

“We’ve got a talented bunch of players but unforunately we are also inconsistent. But I've never been prouder to be in that dressing room and have a silver fern on, considering we were written off before this game,” Oram said at the victory presentation.

The South Africans had reached 108-2 shortly before the halfway point with their premier batsman Jacques Kallis well set on 47. But Kallis was magnificently caught on the boundary by Oram off Tim Southee, JP Duminy was bowled for three and AB de Villiers run out two balls later for 35 by an extraordinary stop and throw by Martin Guptill.

New Zealand, who had fielded tenaciously and bowled with spirit, piled on the pressure with Oram snapping up two more quick wickets.

Faf du Plessis, who was dropped by Oram on 29, hit the New Zealander for six off the next ball before holing out to Southee for 36. Morne Morkel (3) was the last man to fall as South Africa collapsed for 172 off 43.2 overs.

"Every single bowler stepped up today. The fielding is what got us through and credit to Martin Guptill, who I thought was amazing," said captain Daniel Vettori.