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Cricket: Struggle for Smith; CRICKET WORLD CUP: CRUNCH TIE LOOMS.

SOUTH Africa battled through the most difficult batting conditions of the World Cup so far to post 193 for seven against New Zealand.

Graeme Smith's side were forced to battle for every run, under unaccustomed cloud cover at Queen's Park, after Stephen Fleming chose to bowl first.

Herschelle Gibbs (60), who came in at three for two at the end of the third over, shared stands of 49 with Jacques Kallis and then 76 with Ashwell Prince.

The unlikely medium pace of Craig McMillan (three for 23) restricted their final total.

Gibbs and Kallis needed great tenacity and skill to prevent irreparable damage at the top of the order.

Smith failed to lay bat on ball in Shane Bond's first over until the fifth delivery when he chiselled a catch low to cover.

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Apr 15, 2007
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