Auckland: Scoreboard of New Zealand vs South Africa, Semifinal 1 of the ICC World Cup 2015 played at Eden Park here Tuesday.
Grant Elliott struck a six off the penultimate to lift New Zealand to a four-wicket win over South Africa in a cliff-hanging match Tuesday which carried it into a Cricket World Cup final for the first time, ending its run of defeats in its six previous semifinals.
Earlier,David Miller blazed his way to a 18-ball 49 as South Africa set New Zealand a daunting target of 298 runs in 43 overs in the rain-curtailed first semifinal.
Opting to bat, South Africa notched up 281 for five, but the target was revised under the Duckworth/Lewis method after seven overs each were deducted per side following a two-hour rain interruption at Eden Park.
Skipper AB de Villiers made an unbeaten 65 off 45 balls, while Faf du Plessis top-scored with a 107-ball 82, but it was Miller's innings that gave Proteas the much-needed impetuous towards the end.
South Africa innings: 281/5 in 43 overs
(target for New Zealand: 298 in 43 overs via D/L method)
|Hashim Amla||b Boult||10|
|Quinton de Kock||c Southee b Boult||14|
|Faf du Plessis||c Ronchi b Anderson||82|
|Rilee Rossouw||c Guptill b Anderson||39|
|AB de Villiers||not out||65*|
|David Miller||c Ronchi b Anderson||49|
|JP Duminy||not out||8*|
|Extras||(b 1, wd 13)||14|
|Total||for 5 wickets||281|
|Fall of wickets||1-21 (Amla, 3.4 ov), 2-31 (de Kock, 7.5 ov), 3-114 (Rossouw, 26.1 ov), 4-217 (du Plessis, 38.2 ov), 5-272 (Miller, 42.2 ov)|
Did not bat: Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir
New Zealand Innings:
|M Guptill||run out (Amla/de Kock)||34|
|B McCullum||c Steyn b Morkel||59|
|K Williamson||b Morkel||6|
|R Taylor||c de Kock b Duminy||30|
|G Elliott||not out||84|
|C Anderson||c du Plessis b Morkel||58|
|L Ronchi||c Rossouw b Steyn||8|
|D Vettori||not out||7|
|Extras||(b 6, lb 2, w 5)||13|
|Fall of Wickets||1-71 (McCullum, 6.1 ov), 2-81 (Williamson, 8.5 ov), 3-128 (Guptill, 17.1 ov), 4-149 (Taylor, 21.4 ov), 5-252 (Anderson, 37.6 ov), 6-269 (Ronchi, 40.1 ov)|
|Total||(6 wickets; 42.5 overs)||299|
|AB de Villiers||3||0||21||0|