De Villiers, Du Plessis accelerate Proteas as rain interrupts play


AUCKLAND: Half centuries by South African captain AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis have taken the team to 216/3 before the players headed back to the locker rooms as rain interrupted their World Cup semi final against New Zealand, reported.

The Proteas won the toss and chose to bat first against the co-hosts New Zealand.

Each side have made one changes to their playing XI.

South Africa have included Vernon Philander in place of Kyle Abbott whereas New Zealand brought Matt Henry into the side in place of injured Adam Milne.

Hashim Amla was the first to be dismissed as he chopped the ball onto the stumps after scoring just 10 runs from the bowling of Kiwi pacer Trent Boult.

Boult got his second wicket of the match as Quinton de Kock was caught by Tim Southee after contributing 14 runs for his team.

Rilee Rossouw and du Plessis put on 83 run partnership before the Rossouw departed after making 39 runs for his team which included two fours and a six.

After the departure of Rossouw, AB de Villiers and du Plessis dominated the New Zealand bowlers and both went on to score 50s for their team and put up a 102 run unbeaten partnership.

Du Plessis is batting and 82 while De Villiers is at the crease on 62 runs.