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Fleming happy to be in last four

April 15, 2007, 11:08 AM IST
Fleming happy to be in last four

New Delhi: New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming expressed his satisfaction after his side made it through to the knockout stage before they have a game coming up against arch-rivals Australia.

"Yeah, it's nice knowing that we're through to the semis, because obviously they (Australia) are the toughest (opponents) you can get.

"We've had some good battles with them of late, and they will be determined to reverse a couple of performances, or results, that happened in New Zealand. They are playing good cricket - nothing more said than a great game coming up," said Fleming at the end of the match.

Though he had words of sympathy for Proteas.

"It's difficult for them to push the net run-rate at this late stage of the competition. They are in minus anyway and so perhaps Graeme (Smith) is right in suggesting that they are looking to win every match rather than worry about net run-rate," remarked Fleming.

South Africa have a -0.21 run-rate after six games and have only the match against England left to turn things around.

New Zealand, in contrast, have already qualified and their net run-rate (+1.07) is second only to Australia (+2.30).

Fleming also backed South Africa to do well in their final game against England in Barbados on April 17.

"It's a tight game for both the teams. Both are pretty similar sides and the pressure would be immense on them. But South Africa are expected to go through."

Fleming acknowledged that the luck of toss had played a critical role in his side's win over South Africa on the day.

"The toss played a big role. I learnt from my lesson in the previous game where the ball had done a lot in the first 10-15 overs.

(With input from Agencies)

Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
IND
9 7 1 1 15 +0.80
2
AUS
9 7 2 0 14 +0.86
3
ENG
9 6 3 0 12 +1.15
4
NZ
9 5 3 1 11 +0.17
5
PAK
9 5 3 1 11 -0.43
6
SL
9 3 4 2 8 -0.91
7
SA
9 3 5 1 7 -0.03
8
BAN
9 3 5 1 7 -0.41
9
WI
9 2 6 1 5 -0.22
10
AFG
9 0 9 0 0 -1.32

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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