Auckland, March 24: Grant David Elliott is the newest cricket hero in New Zealand. The right-hand batsman made headlines tonight at Eden Park by taking his team to ICC World Cup 2015 final.
Elliott, born in Johannesburg, smashed a six off Dale Steyn to send South Africa home. Yet again it was heartbreak for the Proteas after coming so close in the global tournament. (Full text: De Villiers on 'painful' exit)
Chasing 298 to win in 43 overs under Duckworth/Lewis method, New Zealand sealed the game with 1 ball and 4 wickets to spare.
The 36-year-old Elliott did a MS Dhoni when 5 runs were needed off 2 balls to win the semi-final. In tense situations, Eliott remained calm under the helmet to send the ball high and over into the long-on stands for a famous win.
Dhoni, who is known for winning games with a six, including the famous one at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium in 2011 World Cup final, would definitely be proud of Elliott's feat today.
Never in the history of World Cup, New Zealand had reached the final. And it was time to change it on their soil. Elliott provided them ample joy by his match-winning 84 not out from 73 balls (7x4, 3x6).
This knock of Elliott on Tuesday will forever be etched in the memories of all New Zealanders and millions across the globe who were tuned into watch this humdinger.
New Zealand will now face India or Australia in the final on March 29 at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). The Kiwis are in the final with 8 straight wins. They are unbeaten in the tournament.
It was a case of South Africa denied a piece of history by a South African!
Watch the match winning six here