South Africa second name of unlucky; Kiwis enter finals for the first time

Auckland , Pankaj Kumar Samantray | Updated : 24 March 2015, 04:54 PM

New Zealand scripted history today by entering the World Cup finals for the first time with a stunning win against mighty South Africa, at Auckland. It was seventh attempt of Kiwis in the World Cup to enter the finals.

Chasing a stiff target of 298 runs in rain curtailed 43 overs match, the Black Caps crossed the line just one ball to spare in a thrilling tie.  All-rounder Grant Elliot was the star for the Kiwis in the steep chase.

Elliot hit a six on the penultimate ball of Dale Steyn to propel Kiwis as Auckland broke into wild celebrations. The result meant, South Africa would continue their chockers tag till they play the next mega event.

The Kiwis never bock down before the mammoth total and determined to script history on the given day. Kiwi skipper Brendon Mccullum-led them from the front and score brisk a 59 of 26-balls.  Corey Anderson and Ross Taylor played useful hands in Kiwis win.

Earlier, David Miller blasted a 18-ball 49 to push Proteas to go beyond 280 mark. Electing to bat first, Proteas scored 281 for five. AB de Villiers notched up unbeaten 65 of 45 balls, while Faf top scored 82 in the innings.   

In reply, McCullum clobbered ball to all part of ground as Kiwis raced to 71 for no loss in first five overs.

Elliott and Corey Anderson played smartly, to stitch a 103-run partnership for the fifth wicket for the Black Caps after McCullum's dismissal.

New Zealand will clash with winner of India and Australia match at Melbourne on Sunday.  

First Published: Tuesday, March 24, 2015 12:31 PM
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