Ace batsman Ross Taylor believes New Zealand can make history by qualifying for a first World Cup final by beating co-hosts Sri Lanka on Tuesday. The Black Caps will appear in their sixth World Cup semi-final since losing to eventual winners the West Indies in the inaugural edition held in England in 1975. Since then New Zealand lost to England (1979), Pakistan (1992 and 1999) and Sri Lanka (2007) but Taylor feels the current team has the ability to go one step further. "We are proud of our history of making it to the semi-finals," the 27-year-old said Sunday. "But this team want to make history and go one step further and make the final. We believe we can do that and we want to show it on Tuesday." The middle-order batsman said New Zealand have learnt their lessons from a 112-run drubbing at the hands of Sri Lanka in the group stages.