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Well-deserved final for NZL, says Gavaskar

Well-deserved final for NZL, says Gavaskar
Former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar praised New Zealand for playing “outstanding” cricket throughout the World Cup, saying the Kiwis thoroughly deserved to be in the final after edging past South Africa in a battle of nerves in Auckland on Tuesday.

Playing their seventh World Cup semifinal, New Zealand finally crossed the last-four hurdle against a choking South Africa as the Brendan McCullum-led side won a nail-biting contest by four wickets.

“They (New Zealand) kept their cool, they kept their nerve, which South Africa didn’t. New Zealand thoroughly deserved to get into the final because they have played outstanding cricket right throughout this tournament.

“It was not just the missed catch of Grant Elliott but they messed up the run out opportunities. So certainly the nerves got the better of South Africans, which has happened in the past as well. But I think what they can take out of this tournament is atleast they made some progress. they were losing in the first round or the quarterfinals and this time they have won the quarterfinal,” Gavaskar told a news channel.
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