The fairytale which unfolded for New Zealand in the quarter-finals against South Africa never looked like repeating in the first 33 overs of Sri Lanka's chase last night.
The hosts were set to take a decisive and deserved place in the final. Then the Black Caps struck and almost broke the jinx of six consecutive semi-final losses in 10 World Cups.
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