World Cup 2015: New Zealand Pip South Africa in Last-Over Thriller to Enter Finals

by Vishal Gajaria | Posted on Tuesday, March 24th, 2015 | 0
Grant Elliott finished things off with a six (Photo: India Today)

Grant Elliott finished things off with a six (Photo: India Today)


World Cup 2015: Co-hosts New Zealand stormed into their first-ever World Cup final, following their thrilling four-wicket conquest of South Africa at the Eden Park on Tuesday.

Earlier, riding on a constructive 82-run knock from Faf du Plessis and quick-fire innings from skipper AB de Villiers (65*) and David Miller (49), South Africa amassed 281-5 in a rain-curtailed 43-over affair.

Going by the universal Duckworth-Lewis (D/L) method, the officials announced a 298-run target for New Zealand to chase down.

In response, the kiwis were driven by a belligerent 59-run innings from captain Brendon McCullum initially, before Corey Anderson (58) and Grant Elliott (84*) combined for a century stand.

The former fell while trying to pick up the pace, but the latter looked firm in the middle. He survived a couple of missed chances from South Africa to guide his team into the title-clash with a maximum off Dale Steyn, when the hosts needed 5 runs in the penultimate delivery.

Up next, New Zealand await the winner of the other semifinal encounter between Australia and India that is scheduled to take place at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday.



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