Black Caps barge into Finals

Published on March 24, 2015 22:23:18 PM
New Zealand made their maiden entry into a World Cup Final after beating South Africa by four wickets in an exciting semi-final in Auckland on Tuesday.

Grant Elliott's unbeaten 84 drove the Black Caps home at Eden Park, however missed run-out chances from AB de Villiers and Quinton de Kock added to the Proteas once again failing with the pressure on at a noteworthy competition.

De Villiers got unsuccessful in snapping a century partnership between Elliott and Corey Anderson with a missed run-out of the latter, while the former was saved three times when trying hit to the pavilions before he succeeded in smashing a six on Dale Steyn's bowling.

New Zealand was set with a target of 298 in 43 overs following Duckworth-Lewis method, after South Africa piled on a rain-affected 281 - David Miller's rapid fire 49 of 18 not enough to hold off the co-hosts after De Villiers, being not out at 65 and Faf Du Plessis (82) had set the pre-delay stage.

Brendon McCullum (59 of 26) got New Zealand's answer in the form of a grand beginning, yet South Africa dug deep to take the challenge.

Elliott had the final say with the play's penultimate conveyance though, and New Zealand will anticipate the winner among Australia and India in Sunday's Melbourne final after being on the top list in the competition’s most captivating challenge as such.

Having appreciated the majority of their achievement when batting first, De Villiers took the initiative in the wake of winning the toss, however an electric beginning from the co-hosts left the Proteas at 31-2 in the eighth over – with two catches likewise going down – as Trent Boult (2-53) racked up another World Cup record pull of wickets for a Kiwi.

After Rilee Roussouw (39) left, De Villiers and Du Plessis heaped on 102 runs in just shy of 12 overs as Proteas looked to go enormous – just for the rain to spoil their momentum.

Du Plessis tumbled off the second ball after the restart as Proteas aimed to include however much as could be expected in five overs.

What's more? It was Miller who went to the fore, dispatching six boundaries and three maximums to help set New Zealand a forcing chase. That united Elliott and Anderson, however, and the pair's 103-run union looked to have tipped the offset in New Zealand's favour.

De Villiers lost an opportunity to eliminate Anderson when on 32, knocking the bails off without bail in hand – however Morkel at the end of the day demonstrated a tide-turner as he got rid of the left-hander in full flight.

With Elliott the Black Caps' greatest risk still present, De Kock also wavered well short before the right-hander saw a skied exertion landing between three Proteas fielders and a comparative miscue dropped as Duminy collided with Farhaan Behardien under the ball.