In the first semi-final of the World Cup at Auckland South Africa after winning the toss scored 281/5. With rain interrupting the play in between the target was revised. And when the played started the target for the Kiwis was an imposing 298 .Â The match has been reduced to 43 overs a side after rain forced the players from the field for nearly two hours and New ZealandÂ´s victory target was adjusted to 298 under the Duckworth-Lewis method.
Â The Kiwis and Proteas both seek their first World Cup semi-final victory, as both teams have appeared in nine semi-finals without reaching a World Cup final. But they both have a chance to put that unwanted record behind them at Aucklandâ€™s Eden Park. New Zealand go into the match with Martin Guptill in fine form after his stunning World Cup-record 237 not out against the West Indies in a comfortable quarter-final win in Wellington .The opener has scored 57, 105 and 237 not out in his last three innings.
Â “HeÂ´s been a huge player for us in this tournament and IÂ´d suggest heÂ´s probably not quite done yet,” said New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum.