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Proteas carry hopes of Africa in Cricket World Cup quarter-final

After the South African batting line-up infamously collapsed in the loss to England earlier this month, African Business Review asked the question: Are South Africa the Cricket World Cup chokers?
 South Africa have their eyes on the ICC Cricket World C..
 
 
After the South African batting line-up infamously collapsed in the loss to England earlier this month, African Business Review asked the question: Are South Africa the Cricket World Cup chokers?

Well, the Proteas now carry the hopes of a continent in their ICC Cricket World Cup quarter-final against New Zealand in Mirpur on Friday after Africa’s two other representatives, Zimbabwe and Kenya, both failed to progress past the group stages.

Graeme Smith’s side crushed Bangladesh in a comprehensive 206 run win on Saturday to ensure they finished top of Group B with five wins and a sole loss to England.

But will South Africa be able to shrug off suggestions that they ‘bottle it’ in the big situations?

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A thrilling victory over India suggests that the Proteas can handle the big occasion. They fought back to reduce MS Dhoni’s outfit from 267-1 to 296 all out and executed a brilliant run chase to score 300 with two balls remaining.

However, at the knockout stage there will be no second chances if South Africa under perform against the Kiwis.

Kenya exited the tournament after six defeats in Group A, while Zimbabwe’s two victories over the Kenyans and Canada only saw them finish in fifth place in the table.

While the nation pins it hopes on South Africa’s cricketers to deliver, the race is also well and truly to decide which of the country’s cities will get the go ahead to bid for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

But what about the 2012 Games in London? Getting your hands on tickets can be tricky – to see our lowdown on the process, click ont he link below:

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