Favorites Trounced in World Cup

A day after the much-fancied India beat the current world champions Australia, comes the shocking defeat of the equally fancied South Africans by New Zealand, perennial underdogs but smart one-day outfit. Defending a very modest total of 221, the Black Caps (as the Kiwis are known) starved the South African batsmen of opportunities. Still, the fact that South Africa were at one stage 108 for 2, before losing their remaining 8 wickets for a paltry 64, is only going to reinforce the reputation of South Africa as chokers when it matters. South Africa have never won a World Cup, and nor have New Zealand. The Kiwis, however, seem to know no fear when it comes to performing on the big stage. Will they go all the way this time?

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