New Zealand 299 for 6 in 42.5 overs (Elliott 84*, McCullum 59, Anderson 58, Morkel 3-59) beat South Africa 281 for 5 in 43 overs (Du Plessis 82, De Villiers 65*, Miller 49) by 4 wickets (D/L method)
Winning the toss South Africa’s captain AB De Villiers said “we’ve n’t focussed on weather at all”. Now he must be thinking about that moment on replay button,cause had he been thought about the weather,they wouldn’t choose to bat first. That might be the sole reason of South Africa’s defeat in the semifinal today.
At one stage South Africa was 216 for 3 in 38 overs. Then the rain started pouring down and play stopped for an hour. Later when the match started it was curtailed into 43 overs and South Africa left only 5 overs to bat. Despite Miller’s 18 ball cameo of 49 runs South Africa added 65 runs.
In reply New Zealand was cruising towards the target & at one stage they were 71 in 6 overs. McCullum of course, was the sole aggressor in that blazing start. The hard hitting opener got out for 59 playing only 26 balls.
New Zealand never lost their way in the middle overs as Ross Taylor, Corey Anderson and Grant Elliot chipped in with useful runs. Specially the partnership of 103 runs between Corey Anderson & Grant Elliot took the game away from South Africa. Grant Elliot played his career best innings and was unbeaten till the end on 84 runs off 73 balls.
From the last over of Dale Steyn New Zealand needed 12 runs to score and they did it inside the first 5 balls.
Now New Zealand will face whoever comes from the semifinal of Australia vs India in MCG on 29th March 2015.