As cricket fans – particularly those on the other side of the ditch – gear up for the first semi-final between in-form heavyweights New Zealand and South Africa at Auckland’s Eden Park, Too Good Tuesday takes a look back at the nations’ memorable maiden World Cup clash at the same venue in 1992.
New Zealand had already upset Australia and taken care of Sri Lanka by the time they met World Cup debutants South Africa in their third clash at Eden Park – long-suffering Kiwi cricket fans were tentatively getting a bit excited.
The co-hosts’ campaign became a juggernaut when, after restricting the Proteas to 7/190, burly opener Mark Greatbatch launched a withering attack on the South African bowlers.
The big left-hander’s blistering 68 off 60 balls culminated in a towering six that landed on the roof of the packed grandstand. The Black Caps carved out a seven-wicket win with 15 overs to spare and ultimately won seven straight matches before a heartbreaking semi-final defeat to Pakistan.
Check out Greatbatch’s power-hitting master-class from the 20-minute mark.