23 Mar 2011

Guptil says they've got to bat

10:00 am on 23 March 2011

The top-order batting has been New Zealand cricket's achilles heel for many years and once again it appears to be the likely difference between the two sides when they take on South Africa in their World Cup quarter-final in Dhaka on Friday night.

South Africa has the top two ranked batsmen in Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis, while they're the only team to have bowled out all six opponents so far.

The Proteas two slow bowlers Robin Petersen and Imran Tahir are amoung the leading wicket takers in the tournament.

The New Zealand batsman Martin Guptil says it's important their top order makes a significant contribution, however South Africa has threats right throughout their team....