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New Zealand beat South Africa, enter World Cup final

Tue, Mar 24, 2015, 03:38 PM
Auckland, March 24, 2015: New Zealand defeated South Africa by four wickets (Duckworth/Lewis) in the semi-final to enter their maiden cricket World Cup final at the Eden Park here on Tuesday.

After opting to bat, South Africa put up 281/5 in 43 overs in a rain shortened match with Faf du Plesis top scoring with 82.

Chasing a revised target of 298 in 43 overs, New Zealand hit the target with one ball to spare. Grand Elliot top scored with 84 not out.

The following is the scoreboard of the cricket World Cup semi-final between New Zealand and South Africa played at the Eden Park here on Tuesday:

South Africa (43 overs maximum)
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, w 13) 14
Total (five wickets in 43 overs) 281
Fall of wickets: 1-21 (Amla, 3.4 overs), 2-31 (de Kock, 7.5), 3-114 (Rossouw, 26.1), 4-217 (du Plessis, 38.2), 5-272 (Miller, 42.2)

Tim Southee 9-1-55-0
Trent Boult 9-0-53-2
Matt Henry 8-2-40-0
Daniel Vettori 9-0-46-0
Kane Williamson 1-0-5-0
Grant Elliott 1-0-9-0
Corey Anderson 6-0-72-3

New Zealand (target 298 runs from 43 overs)
Martin Guptill run out (Amla/de Kock) 34
Brendon McCullum c Steyn b Morkel 59
Kane Williamson b Morkel 6
Ross Taylor c de Kock b Duminy 30
Grant Elliott not out 84
Corey Anderson c du Plessis b Morkel 58
Luke Ronchi c Rossouw b Steyn 8
Daniel Vettori not out 7
Extras (b 6, lb 2, w 5) 13
Total (six wickets in 42.5 overs) 299
Fall of wickets: 1-71 (McCullum, 6.1 overs), 2-81 (Williamson, 8.5), 3-128 (Guptill, 17.1), 4-149 (Taylor, 21.4), 5-252 (Anderson, 37.6), 6-269 (Ronchi, 40.1)

Dale Steyn 8.5-0-76-1
Vernon Philander 8-0-52-0
Morne Morkel 9-0-59-3
Imran Tahir 9-1-40-0
JP Duminy 5-0-43-1
AB de Villiers 3-0-21-0

Match details:
Toss: South Africa chose to bat
Umpires: Ian Gould (England) and Rod Tucker (Australia)
TV umpire: Nigel Llong (England)
Match referee: David Boon (Australia)
Reserve umpire: Bruce Oxenford (Australia)
Agency: IANS

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