Cricket World Cup, 1st semi-final: New Zealand edge South Africa in nail-biting finish


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 semi-final at Auckland`s Eden Park on Tuesday.

Elliott`s winning six, 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 281 for five in 43 overs, which included a near two-hour rain stoppage.


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