New Zealand fights back but faces defeat

Updated 03 January 2013
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New Zealand fights back but faces defeat

CAPE TOWN: Brendon McCullum and Dean Brownlie hit half-centuries as New Zealand fought back on the second day of the first Test against South Africa at Newlands yesterday.
New Zealand were 169 for four in their second innings at the close, still 133 short of avoiding an innings defeat. McCullum made 51 and Brownlie was undefeated on 69.
They were still likely to lose the match but it was a much better showing by the tourists after a calamitous first day during which they were bowled out for 45 and then leaked runs at almost four an over.
New Zealand’s bowlers and fielders set the tone with an improved performance, restricting South Africa to 97 runs and claiming five wickets in 31.2 overs before South Africa declared at 347 for eight, a lead of 302.
AB de Villiers made 67 for South Africa before being dismissed shortly before the declaration. Trent Boult and Chris Martin both took three wickets for New Zealand.
Visions of the first day collapse were revived when Martin Guptill was dismissed by Dale Steyn in the first over of the second innings. But McCullum and Kane Williamson dug in to blunt South Africa’s renowned pace attack, although they only added 29 before Williamson was caught at gully off Jacques Kallis.

The tempo changed after tea as McCullum and Brownlie counter-attacked, scoring 77 in the first ten overs after the interval as both Vernon Philander and Steyn took some punishment.
Both batsmen benefitted from fielding lapses. Brownlie was dropped at gully by Dean Elgar off Steyn when he had 23 and again one run later in the following over by Alviro Petersen, also at gully, off Philander.
Then McCullum, on 39, survived a sharp chance to Kallis at second slip off Steyn. The three dropped catches coming in successive overs.
McCullum made 51 before he played around his pads and was leg before wicket to left-arm spinner Robin Peterson, bowling for the first time in the match.
Brownlie took advantage of South Africa’s attacking fields as he hurried to a half-century off just 44 balls, with eight fours but his scoring rate slowed down as he saw out the day.
He had faced 89 balls, batting for almost three hours, by the close. Brownlie was given out, caught down the leg side by wicketkeeper AB de Villiers off Steyn when he had 68. He sought a review of umpire Rod Tucker’s decision which proved the ball had not touched his bat.


SCOREBOARD

New Zealand (first innings): 45
South Africa (first innings):
G. Smith lbw Bracewell 1
A. Petersen b Boult 106
H. Amla lbw Franklin 66
J. Kallis c Watling b Boult 60
A. de Villiers b Martin 67
F. du Plessis c Williamson b Martin 15
D. Elgar c Watling b Boult 21
R. Peterson b Martin 5
V. Philander not out 0
Extras: 6
Total: (for 8 wkts decl) 347
Fall of wkts: 1-1, 2-108, 3-212, 4-255, 5-281, 6-335.
Bowling: Boult 21-2-78-3 (1w), Bracewell 24-4-93-1, Martin 19.2-4-63-3 (1nb, 1w), Franklin 14-1-50-1, Patel 17-4-60-0.

New Zealand (second innings):
M. Guptill c Amla b Steyn 0
B. McCullum lbw Peterson 51
K. Williamson c Petersen b Kallis 15
D. Brownlie not out 69
D. Flynn c De Villiers b Kallis 14
B. Watling not out 10
Extras: 10
Total: (for 4 wkts) 169
Fall of wkts: 1-0, 2-29, 3-118, 4-155.
Bowling: Steyn 14-2-38-1, Philander 13-5-53-0, Morkel 12-4-29-0, Kallis 6-1-19-2 (1w), Peterson 7-2-21-1.


Ramadel Falcao, Juan Cuadrado and Yerry Mina star as stylish Colombia break Polish hearts

Updated 25 June 2018
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Ramadel Falcao, Juan Cuadrado and Yerry Mina star as stylish Colombia break Polish hearts

  • The disappointing Poland became the first European side eliminated from the tournament
  • The South Americans’ bid for a place in the last 16 will be determined by the results from their final game with Senegal

KAZAN: Radamel Falcao, Yerry Mina and Juan Cuadrado scored as stylish Colombia boosted their World Cup last 16 hopes with a comprehensive 3-0 win over Poland on Sunday.
In a match destined to see the loser sent home after the group stages, Colombia overcame a nervous start against Adam Nawalka’s men to move up to third place in Group H, one point behind Japan and Senegal.
The disappointing Poland became the first European side eliminated from the tournament.
“I’m very sorry and very sad about the result, but tomorrow’s another day and we have to come to terms with things,” said Poland coach Adam Nawalka.
“Our players did their best until the end of the game. We lost to a very strong team and this is something we have to accept.
“I extend my congratulations to Colombia.”
The South Americans’ bid for a place in the last 16 will be determined by the results from their final game with Senegal, who drew 2-2 with Japan earlier in the day.
Colombia’s march to the quarter-finals in Brazil four years ago came thanks to James Rodriguez’s six-goal tally for Los Cafeteros.
And days after a troublesome calf injury restricted him to a half-hour cameo role as 10-man Colombia stumbled to a 2-1 defeat against Japan, the Bayern Munich midfielder was back to his best.
Starting alongside Juan Quintero and Cuadrado on the right, Colombia’s ultra-offensive starting line-up was a forewarning.
After riding a tense start that forced Mina and then Wilmar Barrios to react quickly to thwart early threats from Robert Lewandowski, Colombia eventually got into their stride.
Cuadrado was wasteful on several occasions when finding space deep on the right flank.
The Juventus winger’s trickery would eventually pay dividends, but it was Falcao — who has dreamed all his life of scoring a World Cup goal — who turned on the style, dancing through the Polish defense to win the corner that led to Colombia’s opener.
Rodriguez’s short corner eventually found Quintero, whose smart through ball back to Rodriguez gave him time and space to curl a perfect left-footed cross that Mina rose to header powerfully past Szczesny on 40 minutes.
Colombia resumed in positive fashion, Cuadrado holding up well to set up Falcao for a first-time drive that sailed over Szczesny’s crossbar.
A Colombia counter saw Falcao’s drive from the edge of the area deflected out for a corner.
Nawalka replaced Dawid Kownacki with the more experienced Kamil Grosicki and the switch almost paid dividends.
Only the bravery of goalkeeper David Ospina saved Colombia from conceding what looked like the equalizer when he rushed out to block from Lewandowski after the Bayern Munich striker did well to get a shot away from a long ball from midfield.
Poland threatened again, but when Lewandowski got his head to a cross into the area he was marked by both Mina and Davinson Sanchez.
Colombia, however, were not to be denied.
When right-back Sanitago Arias found Quintero, the midfielder sliced Poland’s defense apart with a low pass that found Falcao on the run before he beat Szczesny down low with the outside of his right boot.
Five minutes later, Rodriguez produced arguably the assist of the night, drawing several Polish players on the left flank before somehow finding Cuadrado on the run with a superb cross-field pass that the pacey winger tucked away.