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secured a release from his con-
tract with Indian Premier
League side Sunrisers Hyder-
abad yesterday in a bid to
reignite his England career.
The agreement with the Sun-
risers will see Pietersen miss the
entire first phase of the IPL,
enabling him to play for an Eng-
lish county side. The batsman
will be recalled if the Sunrisers
reach the knockout stages from
May 19-24. England ditched
Pietersen after last year's Ashes
in Australia so the team could
build a new "ethos and philos-
However, the new chief of
English cricket said recently that
Pietersen could be recalled if he
performs well in county cricket.
"My focus is now very much on
the upcoming season in England,
and I'm absolutely determined
to score as many runs as pos-
sible," Pietersen said.
Surrey deregistered Pietersen
six months ago after a summer
in which he played only T20
cricket, but has been heavily
linked with re-signing England's
top run-scorer in all formats.
Pietersen released from IPL to reignite career
West Indies veteran
DERPAUL scored 118 for
Guyana against Wind-
ward Islands in the
Cricket League over the
"There s going to be
words said and it s
going to be a really
tough contest. It s the
nature of the game, it s
a semifinal. Cut throat.
Neither team will be
FAULKNER expects a
difficult match against
India in the World Cup
(Tonight T&T time).
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AUCKLAND---After hitting the six
which gave New Zealand a four-wicket
win over South Africa in a thrilling
World Cup semifinal on Tuesday,
Grant Elliott first raised his arms in
jubilation, then extended his hand in
compassion to the man who bowled
the final ball.
South Africa fast bowler Dale Steyn
was allocated the final over with New
Zealand needing 12 runs to win, 11 runs
to tie, and with a tie being enough to
carry New Zealand into Sunday's final
Both New Zealand and South Africa
were trying to reach that final for the
first time: New Zealand after six pre-
vious losses in semifinals, South Africa
after a long history of slip-ups, mis-
calculations, and form implosions in
Finally, it came down to two balls
remaining, New Zealand needing five
runs to tie, and the hopes of both teams
hanging on Steyn and on Elliott.
Elliott had some success in working
Steyn's yorker for runs, using the pace
of the ball, so South Africa captain AB
de Villiers advised Steyn to try a good-
length ball. He did: Elliott stepped away
to give himself room, and clubbed the
ball over the fielders' heads and into
the grandstand at long-on.
Steyn fell to the ground in horror,
and lay there almost paralyzed with
shock and disappointment, seemingly
bearing on his own shoulders the bit-
terness of his team in defeat.
Elliott first thought to celebrate, to
acknowledge his teammates and the
crowd, but when he looked to Steyn he
felt only compassion for a rival in dis-
"You have to feel compassion ... hum-
ble in victory, and humble in defeat,"
Elliott said. "It's just part of me I guess.
It's who I am.
"I felt quite sorry for him, quite sorry
for the South African guys for losing
the game. It could have been us, it could
have been me sitting there having
missed the last two balls, and I would
have been pretty gutted as well, along
with 40,000 people in the stadium.
"I just felt a bit of compassion. It
means a lot to them. They've never
made a final, and we wanted it just as
much as they did."
De Villiers described Elliott's match-
winning blow as the greatest shot he
will ever play, and Elliott agreed that
it probably was.
He said it wasn't until he saw the
ball's graceful arc over the boundary
that the stress, the emotion of the
moment, bubbled fully to the surface.
"That's the moment that you first
feel the release of emotion," he said.
"Cricket is the sort of game where you
have to be quite unemotional in your
approach. It was a great feeling to look
at the team and look at the crowd and
savor that moment and realise that we
were through to the final."
"I really did feel the pressure. I felt
the pressure with two balls left, and
Dan (Vettori) said he weren't going to
run to the keeper again, so I knew it
take us home."
Elliott imagined such a moment as
a child growing up in his native South
Africa, watching South Africa's matches
at the 1992 World Cup. He couldn't
know then that he would one day
migrate to New Zealand, and that it
would be in the colors of his adoptive
nation that his dream would be relived.
"I always wanted to play in a World
Cup since the 92 World Cup," Elliott
said. "My mum let me stay at home
for Australia against South Africa, and
I got suspended from cricket and from
school for a little while.
"That left a massive impression on
me. I felt that tournament with the col-
ored clothing was what I wanted to do.
It's funny how life works, to be at Eden
Park, and to hit the winning runs to
take New Zealand into a final."
Elliott shows compassion
...as Kiwis earn thrilling ride into World Cup final
New Zealand's Grant Elliott
raises his arms in celebration
with teammate Dan Vettori,
left, as South Africa's Dale
Steyn reacts after they
defeated South Africa by
four wickets in their Cricket
World Cup semifinal in
Auckland, New Zealand,
yesterday. AP PHOTO
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