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New Zealand wins the ‘Super Semi Finals’

New Zealand held their nerves under pressure in what it was one of the best matches of the tournament, to enter into their maiden World Cup Finals.

Earlier batting first after winning the toss, South Africa gained the momentum at the start with the edges racing down to boundaries. The Proteas looked more threatening with De Villiers and Faf du Plessis still at the crease at 216/3 in 38th over until rain interrupted the play.

A match that was reduced to 43 overs and when it resumed, it was a David Miller show who slammed 49 of just 18 balls. In the five overs post resumption, South Africa managed to add another 65 runs taking the total to 281/5.

Chasing a D/L revised total of 298 in 43 over Kiwis were off to a dream start as skipper Brendon McCulum shattered the South African bowling attack forcing De Villiers to take off their streamline bowlers. Cruising at the run rate of almost 9 runs per over, Morne Morkel got McCullum and Kane Williamson off in his successive overs putting brakes on the Kiwi run chase.

The double centurion Martin Guptin and Ross Taylor dint last too long allowing Proteas in a commanding situation but for the little time. In came Corey Anderson and the South African born Grant Elliot who was recalled to the Black Caps squad for the World Cup after an 18-month international absence.

With match swinging like a pendulum, De Villiers missed the run out chance, as he failed to gather the ball. And a collision between JP Duminy and Farhaan Behardien which resulted in a dropped catch of Grant Elliott off the last ball of the 42nd over got the match into a stunning last over.

The equation came down from 12 runs of the final over from Dale Steyn to further five runs of two balls. Grant Elliot held his nerves under pressure to hit Dale Steyn into the stands to lead the Kiwis at the ICC WORLD 2015 finals at the MCG.

 

Scoreboard

Picture Gallery:

1. Eden Park, Auckland, at the Natonal Anthem of the teams.

 

2. Proteas during the South African National Anthem.

 

3. Captains at the toss.

 

4. Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla walk out to bat.

 

5. Brendon McCullum packed the slip cordon at the start of the game.

 

6. Hashim Amla is cleaned up by a Trent Boult delivery.

 

7. Faf du Plessis dives to make his ground.

 

8. Trent Boult watches an edge fly past the slips.

 

9. Trent Boult got all the support needed.

 

10. AB de Villiers gets up to dab the ball to third man, New Zealand v South Africa,

 

11. AB de Villiers always finds the most innovative ways to make his ground.

 

12. Rain played spoilsport at Eden Park.

 

13. The spidercam spies on a rainbow.

 

14. The Brendon McCullum saves a boundary.

 

15. David Miller launches the ball down the ground.

 

16. Brendon McCullum loses his shoe.

 

17. Brendon McCullum struck 56 of his 59 runs in boundaries.

 

18. Kane Williamson is bowled off an inside edge.

 

19. Quinton de Kock catches Martin Guptill short of his ground.

 

20. AB de Villiers was unable to convert a run-out opportunity.

 

21. The fatal collision: Farhaan Behardien and JP Duminy spill Grant Elliott after bumping into each other.

 

22. Grant Elliott sealed his team's progress to the final with a six over long-on.

 

23. Dale Steyn is distraught after he was smashed for the six that won the game.

 

24. Agony and ecstasy: Dale Steyn slipped but Grant Elliott did not.

 

25. Grant Elliott helps Dale Steyn up after a highly emotional finish

 

26. A despondent Faf du Plessis after South Africa's loss.

 

27. David Miller is embraced by his team-mates after coming up short.

 

28. The South African team walks back in low spirits.

 

29. Brendon McCullum thanks the crowd for their strong support.

 

30. The New Zealand players take a lap of honour.

 

31. Grant Elliot signs off with a message as he wins the Player of the Match award.