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New Zealand vs South Africa Highlights: Grant Elliott Guides Kiwis to Maiden World Cup Final

New Zealand vs South Africa Highlights: Grant Elliott Guides Kiwis to Maiden World Cup Final

New Zealand qualify for the final for the first time. Catch all the highlights here.

Grant Elliott hit a match-winning 84 to guide New Zealand to a 4-wicket win over South Africa in the semi-final in Auckland. Catch all the highlights of the match here: (Scorecard | Stats | Schedule)

15:46 (IST): Brendon McCullum: South Africa gave us a tough fight. Really proud of the boys. What a great innings from (Grant) Elliott. He’s played a match-winning innings in the semi-final and the partnership he had with Corey (Anderson) was amazing. This is the greatest time of our lives as players. The brand of cricket we have been playing is phenominanl. Hopefully we’ll win it in a few days time. We know that if we play good cricket we will have a great chance in the final. We’ve got an outstanding management with us.

AB de Villiers: It has been an amazing game of cricket, this is probably the most electric crowd I’ve ever heard in my life. It’s hurting that we are going out. That’s probably the worst thing of all. The passion did make a big difference, I hope the people back home will be proud of us.

Grant Elliott: This win is for the fans not for me or the team. It’s absolute pleasure to play at Eden Park. The supporters have been amazing. I think we timed the pace of the innings to perfection. We have had a good run. It is the first final we have been in. We are a very level team, we will approach it as any other game.

15:30 (IST): Grant Elliott seals it with a huge six over long on off Dale Steyn. Elliott held his nerves with a crucial 84 not out off 73 to guide New Zealand to their maiden World Cup final. South African players are in tears, including their captain AB de Villiers. Corey Anderson also scored a crucial fifty (58) after Brendon McCullum provided a solid start with his quick-fire 59 off 32 balls. Morne Morkel picked up three wickets to keep Proteas in the game but lacked support from the other end.

15:11 (IST): WICKET! Luke Ronchi’s short knock has come to an end and Dale Steyn gets a wicket. He pulls it straight to Rilee Rossouw at deep square leg.

15:05 (IST): If the match is tied then New Zealand will qualify for the final because they finished higher in the pool stage.

14:57 (IST): WICKET! Morne Morkel gets the big man. Can this be the moment for South Africa? Morkel bowls a short one again and Corey Anderson (58) top edges pull to square leg. it goes high in the air and Faf du Plessis makes no mistake as he takes a clean catch.

14:48 (IST): Corey Anderson and Grant Elliott have batted beautifully so far. While Anderson has scored his fourth fifty, Elliott has notched up his eighth.

14:22 (IST): Corey Anderson survives on 33 as AB de Villiers misses an easy run out chance. Is pressure taking a toll on the Proteas captain?

14:16 (IST): FIFTY STAND! Corey Anderson and Grant Elliott have added an all-important 55 runs for the the fifth wicket. They require another 94 in 70 balls.

13:55 (IST): All eyes are on Corey Anderson as Kiwis still need 124 in 17 overs. New Zealand have lost four wickets but are still in the game with Anderson and Grant Elliott in the middle.

13:37 (IST): WICKET! Ross Taylor departs after scoring 30. Part-time bowler Jean-Paul Duminy strikes and Kiwis lose their fourth wicket. Taylor goes across to play it on the leg side but ends up edging it to keeper Quinton de Kock, who takes a brilliant catch.

13:16 (IST): WICKET! Martin Guptill is run out for 34 and New Zealand lose their third wicket. Ross Taylor plays it straight to Hashim Amla at backward point. He first hesitates but still calls for a single. Guptill reacts late and fails to beat Amla, who quickly picks the ball and throws it to Quinton de Kock who removes the bails in a flash.

13:11 (IST): Every run is being cheered at Eden Park as New Zealand require another 170 to win. Ross Taylor and Martin Guptill have played sensibly so far.

12:39 (IST): WICKET! Morne Morkel gets his second. Morkel bowls a short ball, Kane Williamson pulls it but ends up edging it onto stumps.

Source: NDTV

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