Ryder steers New Zealand to modest 221 for 8 (Lead)

March 25th, 2011 - 9:26 pm ICT by IANS  

Jesse Ryder Dhaka, March 25 (IANS) Jesse Ryder struck a responsible 83 as New Zealand recovered from early tremors and a middle-order slump to post a modest score of 221 for eight in the face of disciplined bowling by South Africa in their World Cup quarterfinal match here Friday.

Ryder and Ross Taylor (43) steadied the ship with a 114-run third wicket stand after the Black Caps seemed in trouble at 16/2 with both their in-form openers Brendon McCullum (4) and Martin Guptill (1) back in the pavilion inside six overs.

New Zealand thus set the South Africans an asking rate of 4.44 runs an over before a 20,000 plus crowd at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium.

Left-arm spinner Robin Peterson, who opened the bowling, took his wickets haul in the tournament to 15 by picking up McCullum with a spectacular caught and bowled effort while Dale Steyn got rid of Guptill deceiving him with a slower one.

Ryder initially seemed tentative on the slow surface but gained in confidence as the innings progressed to get his first half century of the tournament.

The 26-year-old left hander executed some well-timed offdrives but the Black Caps could never force the pace with the South African bowlers maintaining a good line and length.

Taylor, on the other hand, was not his usual flamboyant self, as he picked up singles and twos to keep the scoreboard moving.

New Zealand were 92/2 at the halfway stage and the 100 of the innings was posted in the 28th over,

Leggie Imran Tahir finally got rid of Taylor with a flighted delivery, inducing a mistimed sweep that ballooned to Jacques Kallis at deep square leg.

Scott Styris (16) struck three boundaries, but perished bottom edging on to the stumps in a bid to step up the run flow. New Zealand were then 153/4 in 37.2 overs.

Tahir took the big wicket of Ryder in the next over as the Wellington-born player went for a wild hit that ended in the hands of substitute Collin Ingram at deep mid wicket. Ryder’s 121-ball knock included eight boundaries.

Kane Williamson (38 not out) then held one end up, but the New Zealanders could not capitalise on the slog overs when only 57 came from the last 10.

For South Africa, pacers Morne Morkel (3/46) and Dale Steyn (2/42), who returned to the team after being rested in their last group game against Bangladesh, got the bulk of the wickets, while Tahir chipped in with 2 for 32 to take his tally to 14 wickets in the competition.

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