New Zealand en­ter fi­nal

Lesotho Times - - Sport -

AFP AUCK­LAND — South Africa-born Grant El­liott's bril­liant 84 not out, capped with a stunning six off the penul­ti­mate ball, saw New Zealand to a four-wicket win over the Proteas in a cliffhanger World Cup semi­fi­nal at Auck­land's Eden Park on Tues­day.

El­liott's win­ning hit, off in­jured South Africa fast bowler Dale Steyn, took New Zealand into the World Cup fi­nal for the first time and they will play the win­ner of Thurs­day's sec­ond semi, be­tween Australia and In­dia in Syd­ney, in Sun­day's show­piece match in Mel­bourne

New Zealand faced a re­vised tar­get of 298 un­der the Duck­worth/lewis method af­ter South Africa made five for 281 in 43 overs, which in­cluded a near two-hour rain stop­page.

Black Caps skip­per Bren­don Mccul­lum made a typ­i­cally quick­fire 59 off 26 balls at the head of the innings.

Then came a valu­able 103-run part­ner­ship be­tween El­liott and Corey An­der­son and New Zealand ap­peared to have the game in hand with six overs to go.

But Morne Morkel re­gained the ini­tia­tive for South Africa by tak­ing a wicket and con­ced­ing only one run in the 38th over, and by the start of the 43rd, and fi­nal, over New Zealand re­quired 12 to win.

They started with a bye, a sin­gle, a four to Daniel Vet­tori, an­other bye and then Jo­han­nes­burg-born El­liott, who turned 36 last week­end, smacked Steyn high into the stands as New Zealand, af­ter los­ing all six of their pre­vi­ous World Cup semi-fi­nals, com­pleted a thrilling win. — AFP

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