• New Zealand make it to the final of the 2015 ICC World Cup
  • New Zealand defeat South Africa by 4 wickets
  • Match is reduced to 43 overs
  • South Africa 281/5 after 43 overs
  • Du Plessis, 82, Anderson 3/72
  • New Zealand need 298 runs to win from 43 overs [D/L method]
  • New Zealand 299/6 after 42.5 overs
  • Elliott 84*/ Morkel 3/59
Grant Elliott
New Zealand batsman Daniel Vettori (C) celebrates with teammate Grant Elliott (R) after their team won the Cricket World Cup semi-final match against South Africa. [Getty]

That's it from us. We will sign off for today and we will be back with the Love Blog for the second semi final clash between India and Australia on Thursday. Hope you enjoyed our live blog and will see you for the next match. Good Bye for now.


One more semifinal clash remaining as the co-hosts Australia take on India at Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday. Read IBTimes UK's preview of the clash and also get betting odds and team news by Clicking Here.


We had a cracker today in Auckland as New Zealand defeated South Africa in one of the most cracking, amazing cricket match.


New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum.

"Pretty amazing. South Africa gave as good as they got all day. Great advertisement for cricket. Everybody involved will remember this for the rest of their lives. Keep raining is what I thought when AB was going. Two very destructive batsmen.

"The way we kept giving it in the field, the way we bowled, we did good. Even with the bat. We wanted to hang in till the end. What a great innings from Grant. Came out of wilderness not long ago. We had to generate some sort of run-rate early, that is what we tried to go.

"Credit to South Africa the way they played tonight and throughout the tournament. The greatest time of our lives. We have enjoyed the experience. The crowds that have turned, the brand of cricket we have tried to play. Hope the crowds are all dreaming the way we are. gee it would be nice to win it. We don't mind whom we face in the final.

"They are both quality sides, but we know if we play the way we want to we are a good chance. Really proud to represent New Zealand."


South Africa captain AB de Villiers

Amazing game of cricket. Probably the most electric crowd I have ever heard in my life. I guess the best team has come out on top. We gave it our best. No regrets. We left it all out there. It is hurting. It is going to take a while to recover.

Worst of all is we don't play for ourselves. The bigger picture is for the people back home. We play for them. I hope they can still be proud of us. There have been great performances. I felt we had a wonderful thing going. Had a great feeling. Don't want to single out any performance. To the teams in the final, all the best.


Grant Elliott

It's great. I don't think this win is for myself or the team, but everyone here. The supporters have been amazing. We wanted to take it as deep as we could [The crowd is not letting him talk]. I think we timed the pace of the innings to perfection.

Not as calm as I looked. When you have 45000 fans screaming at you every ball... It has been an absolute pleasure playing in front of this crowd. We have had a good run. It is the first final we have been in as New Zealand. We are a very level team, we will approach it as any other game. Nothing going in my mind when I hit the six. I don't even know where the ball went.


New Zealand batsman Daniel Vettori (C) celebrates with teammate Grant Elliott (R) after their team won the Cricket World Cup semi-final match against South Africa.

Grant Elliott


Read IBTimes UK's match report between New Zealand v South Africa by clicking Here.


Farhaan Behardien (R) trys to take a catch but is hit by teammate Jean-Paul Duminy during the Cricket World Cup semi-final match between New Zealand and South Africa.

Farhaan Behardien-JP Duminy


Grant Elliott's unbeaten knock of 84 helped him being named the Man of the Match.


New Zealand win the first semi final of the 2015 ICC World Cup by 4 wickets against South Africa. They go to the finals.


Over 43: New Zealand 299 for 6: Grant Elliott 84 (72), Daniel Vettori 7 (6)

Steyn to bowl the last over. Vettori on strike and he misses and Elliott takes a bye off the first ball. Wonderfully cut off again inside the circle and takes a single. FOUR, Vettori finds the gap as he squirted it to his left towards third man boundary. Vettori misses and Elliot takes a quick single to get back on strike. SIX, Elliott smashes it to long on and finishes the match in style.


Over 42: New Zealand 286 for 6: Grant Elliott 77 (71), Daniel Vettori 3 (3)

Morkel to bowl his last over. Vettori is on strike. Amla dives at short extra cover and saves a boundary for his side. New Zealand take a single. Elliott smashes it high in the air on the leg side and the ball falls in no man's land. He gets a double.

Vettori is on strike and Steyn dives and saves a boundary. Vettori takes a single. FOUR, Elliott smashes it over extra cover for a boundary. Last ball of the over and Elliott pulls it high in the air to fine leg. Collision between Duminy and Behardien ends in a drop catch and Elliott takes a double off the last ball.


Over 41: New Zealand 275 for 6: Grant Elliott 68 (67), Daniel Vettori 1 (1)

Dale Steyn is brought back into the attack. OUT, a short delivery and Ronchi pulls it and it ends safely in the hands of Ronchi and deep square leg. Daniel Vettori is the new man to replace him and will start from the non strikers end.

Elliott cuts it through backward point and he gets a double. What a waste of chance. Elliott flicks it on the leg side and he takes a quick double. Under arm flick from Rossouw and De Kock fails to collect the ball. Had he done that, it would have been end of Elliott. Vettori gets off the mark with a single. Elliott is on strike and he ends the over with a dot ball.


WICKET...!!! Luke Ronchi 8 (7) c Rossouw b Steyn


New Zealand need 29 runs to win from 18 balls.


Over 40: New Zealand 269 for 5: Grant Elliott 63 (63), Luke Ronchi 8 (7)

Tahir is brought back into the attack. Ronchi is on strike. A beautiful delivery and Ronchi just nudges it through off side for a single. Two dot balls is followed by a single by Elliott. FOUR, nice piece of timing and Ronchi has picked his spot over mid wicket for a boundary. A single to end the over.


Over 39: New Zealand 262 for 5: Grant Elliott 62 (60), Luke Ronchi 2 (4)

Luke Ronchi is the new man to replace Anderson and he joins Elliott in the middle. Both are having a discussion in the middle. De Villiers continues and Elliott hits it hard and the ball pitches over the bowler's head for a single.

Ronchi is the new man in the middle and is bowling wicket to wicket. Ronchi plays it straight down the ground and gets off the mark with a single. SIX, too short from De Villiers and Elliott and pulls it towards long square leg boundary and gets a maximum. A single is followed after a six. Ronchi ends the over with a single.


Over 38: New Zealand 252 for 5: Grant Elliott 54 (57)

Morkel replaces Tahir and he has one slip in place. Elliott takes a single after opening the face of the bat and placing it to third man. South Africa need a wicket at this stage. Two dot balls from Morkel to Anderson.

A ripper from Morkel as it beats Anderson, which takes him by surprise. A short pitch delivery and goes towards leg side and no wide given. OUT, Anderson looks to pull it towards leg side and takes a top edge and goes way high in the air. Du Plessis takes a brilliant catch at square leg. A very good over as Morkel concedes one run and a wicket.Anderson is still there on the field and after a long wait, he leaves the field.


WICKET...!!! Corey Anderson 58 (57) c Du Plessis b Morkel