World Cup: New Zealand win last-over thriller to reach final; heartbreak for South Africa

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South Africa endured another heartbreak at World Cup as they were sent home by co-hosts New Zealand in a tense last-over semi-final clash at Auckland's Eden Park on Tuesday (March 24). (Full text: De Villiers on WC exit)

Scorecard; World Cup Special; Semi-final schedule; Johannesburg-born Elliott does a Dhoni

This is New Zealand's first ever appearance in the final of World Cup. Fortunes swung on both sides before South Africa-born Grant Elliot sealed the game with a six on the penultimate ball of the match from Dale Steyn.

NZ in final

Here are all the updates from Auckland (All times in IST)

3.51 PM: That's it from us. 2nd semi-final between India and Australia is on Thursday (March 26) in Sydney. Game starts 9 AM IST

3.38 PM: Final Scores - SA 281/5 in 43 overs. NZ 299/6 in 42.5 overs (D/L target 298). Won by D/L method. This is NZ's 8th win in a row in the tournament. Match Report; Twitter reactions

NZ will play India or Australia in the final on March 29 at Melbourne Cricket Ground (9 AM IST)

3.32 PM: What a game we have had. Hats off to Elliott who stayed calm in the end to seal the match with an unbeaten 84. Ironically for SA, Elliott, born in Johannesburg has put them out of the World Cup

3.27 PM: ALL OVER. Elliott puts NZ in the final with a SIX. What a finish

3.26 PM: Vettori steals a bye. NZ need 5 off 2

3.25 PM: FOUR from Vettori. NZ need 6 off 3

3.22 PM: Steyn is stretching, physio is on the field. Looks like hamstring issue. NZ need 10 off 4 balls. What a drama

3.19 PM: NZ need 12 off 6 balls. Last ball of 42nd over, could have been a catch but two fielders Behardien and Duminy collided and catch went down

3.17 PM: FOUR from Elliott. NZ need 14 off 7 now

3.15 PM: Elliott's skier lands safely. Two fielders were converging but could not make it

3.14 PM: Morkel to bowl the penultimate over. Vettori on strike. 23 off 12 to get

Morkel crying

3.13 PM: NZ need 23 off 12. Tension all round Eden Park

3.10 PM: Another run out chance missed. De Kock fails to gather the ball. Chance for Elliott. NZ need 25 off 15

3.07 PM: WICKET - Steyn strikes on his return. Ronchi goes. NZ need 29 off 17 balls. 4 wickets left

3.04 PM: IF IT IS A TIE, NZ WILL GO TO THE FINAL. The hosts had finished higher in group stages and hence they qualify in case of a tied match

3.03 PM: NZ need 36 off 24. 5 wickets left

2.55 PM: WICKET - Du Plessis takes a skier to dismiss Anderson (58). Morkel the bowler. NZ 252/5 in 38. Anderson might have done enough to put his team in the final. The umpires were checking whether the ball hit one of the wires of spidercam but it is fine. NZ need 46 from 30

2.50 PM: NZ need 46 from 35. 252/4 in 37.1

2.46 PM: Grant Elliot also completes his 50. NZ are 243/4 after 36 overs.

2:42 PM: Corey Anderson in a terrific form, completes his half-century. New Zealand 237/4 after 35.2 overs.

2.20 PM: de Villiers misses an easy run-out chance, fails to gather the ball and tumbles over the wicket. Did he just dropped the World Cup?

2.15 PM: New Zealand complete 200 runs in 30.2 overs, require another 98 runs in 76 balls

2.07 PM: NZ 196/4 in 29 overs. Need 102 off 84. Steyn returns. Can he get a wicket?

2.03 PM: NZ need 115 off 90 balls. 183/4 in 28 overs

1.53 PM: DRINKS BREAK - NZ 174/4 in 26 overs. Need 124 from 102 balls

1.51 PM: NZ need 125 from 108 balls. Tahir bowling his 6th over

1.50 PM: Watch all the 4 wickets of NZ here

1.46 PM: NZ need 146 from 114 balls. 6 wickets left. Should be an exciting finish

1.34 PM: WICKET - Duminy strikes. Taylor (30) caught down legside by De Kock. NZ 149/4 in 21.4. The hosts are in trouble now. 149 more to win from 21.2

1.27 PM: 20 overs completed. So we will have a result today itself. NZ 143/3 in 20 overs

1.14 PM:  WICKET - Run out brings an end to Guptill's unbeaten run at the crease. Bit of hesitation and there goes the wicket. Taylor is unhappy at the other end. Amla's throw to De Kock got Guptill short of his ground. Guptill out for 34 (Total 271 runs for 1 dismissal). He had made 237 not out in previous match. NZ 128/3 in 17.1

1.03 PM: NZ 112/2 in 14 overs. Need 186 more in 29

12.53 PM: DRINKS BREAK - NZ 104/2 in 12 overs. Need 194 more from 186 balls

12.41 PM: End of mandatory powerplay. NZ had only 9 overs (81/2) not 10 after the playing conditions were revised due to rain

Earlier, crowd gave a standing ovation to McCullum. Watch the video here

12.38 PM: WICKET - Double blow for NZ. Williamson plays on. Morkel has his second. NZ 81/2 in 8.5

12.32 PM: Philander back, replacing Tahir. The fast bowler was removed after giving 14 in his only over in first spell

12.31 PM: NZ 72/1 in 7 overs. Two quiet overs for the hosts. Just 2 runs and a wicket. Tahir had a maiden, 6th of the innings

12.26 PM: WICKET - Big one. Morkel strikes to send back McCullum (59 off 26). Steyn takes the catch at mid-on. NZ 71/1 in 6.1

12.23 PM: DRS Time - LBW appeal against Guptill. Replays show ball going over the stumps. Confirmed by Nigel Llong the third umpire. SA have lost their review. NZ 71/0 in 5.4. Imran Tahir is bowling

12.19 PM: McCullum Vs Steyn in 5th over - 6, Wide, 4, 6, 4, 4, 0 (25 runs). NZ 71/0 in 5 overs

12.17 PM: 22-ball FIFTY for McCullum, 31st in ODIs. He gets there with another SIX off Steyn

12.15 PM: HUGE SIX - Straight down the ground from McCullum off Steyn. Another FOUR in the over. NZ 57/0 in 4.2 overs

12.11 PM: Philander out of the attack after being hit for 14 runs in his 1st over. Morne Morkel to bowl now. NZ 32/0 in 3

12.06 PM: He lost his shoe off the first ball but since then no stopping McCullum

12.01 PM: McCullum on the charge now. SIX and a FOUR off Philander in the 2nd over. Ends with another boundary. NZ 26/0 in 2 overs (18 off this over)

11.57 AM: SIX - McCullum smashes Steyn over the boundary to get started

11.54 AM: NZ innings begins. Dale Steyn bowls to Guptill. Off the mark first ball

11.52 AM: South African players are in a huddle. Captain De Villiers is talking to them. NZ openers Brendon McCullum and Martin Guptill, fresh from his 237* in quarter-final against West Indies, are in the middle. Play about to start

11.51 AM: Should be an interesting chase for the home team. It will not be easy. Who will make the final?

11.45 AM: Duckworth/Lewis TARGET for New Zealand - 298 in 43 overs. Full Scorecard here

11.42 AM: END OF INNINGS - SA 281/5 in 43 overs

11.38 AM: WICKET - Miller goes for a superb 18-ball 49. SA 272/5 in 42.2

11.36 AM: SA 266/4. 1 over remaining

11.34 AM: SA 264/4 in 41.2

11.31 AM: Miller smashes Anderson for two successive SIXES. SA 259/4 in 41. 12 balls left

11.26 AM: SA 239/4 in 40 overs. 4 boundaries in the over from Miller off Southee. 18 balls remaining

11.23 AM: 4 overs remaining. SA 222/4 in 39. David Miller is at the crease with De Villiers

11.17 AM: DRS - Umpire Ian Gould signals wide but McCullum is convinced Du Plessis (82) gloved it to the keeper. Yes. Snickometer confirms. Nigel Llong reverses the decision. SA 217/4 in 38.2. End of a fine knock. Will rain hurt SA again?

11.15 AM: Play resumes. SA 218/3 in 38. Total minutes lost due to rain - 114

11.11 AM: Here are the revised playing conditions

# Match reduced to 43 overs per side

# 3 bowlers can bowl a maximum of 9 overs, 2 can bowl maximum 8

# NZ mandatory powerplay will be first 9 overs

# NZ batting powerplay will be 4 overs

# NZ target will be Duckworth/Lewis adjusted

11.06 AM: Game to resume at 11.15 AM

11.03 AM: Match is reduced to 43 overs per side. SA have 5 more to play. 218/3 in 38 overs at the moment

10.47 AM: Good news. Covers are coming off at Eden Park. It has stopped raining

10.31 AM: 70 minutes since the stoppage. We will start losing overs and Duckworth/Lewis method will come into play now

10.15 AM: Bad news. The rain is back and so are the covers

10.13 AM: The covers are coming off at Eden Park. Play should begin soon, unless the rain returns

9.56 AM: As we still wait for play to resume, here are some of the pictures from the ground (all photos by BG Mahesh)

From the rain cam

Rain cam

Umbrellas are out


Pitch covered

Pitch coverd

9.21 AM: RAIN STOPS PLAY. SA 216/3 in 38 overs. Read about rain rules here

9.13 AM: Dinesh Karthik wonders how De Villiers can achieve these strike rates?

9.10 AM: FIFTY for De Villiers in 32 balls. Gets there with a boundary. This is his 46th ODI half century. 6, 4, 4 from De Villiers off Anderson. SA 199/3 in 36 overs. Good start for the powerplay

9.08 AM: DROPPED: De Villiers (38) gets another chance. Williamson puts down a touch catch at short-cover

9.07 AM: SA 184/3 in 35 overs. Time for batting powerplay

9.02 AM: RUN OUT chance missed. A huge moment in the match. Williamson fails to hit the stumps from close distance. De Villiers (33) puts in the dive but would have been out if the ball had hit. Remember Mohit Sharma running out De Villiers earlier in the tournament? SA 179/4 in 34.4

8.58 AM: AB de Villiers is one of the greatest of all time, tweets former England captain Michael Vaughan

8.57 AM: NZ need a wicket

8.51 AM: du Plessis and de Villiers accelerate. SA 151/3 after 32 overs

8.33 AM: Captain AB de Villiers is at the crease. One of the most important ODI innings for him

8.25 AM: WICKET - One-handed catch from Guptill ends Rossouw's (39) stay. Anderson has struck in his first over. SA 114/3 in 26.1

8.10 AM: Du Plessis and Rossouw rebuilding the innings. They have put on 62 runs so far. SA 93/2 in 23 overs. Kane Williamson finishes his 1st over - 0/5

7.58 AM: Daniel Vettori into his 3rd over. SA 77/2 in 19.5

7.42 AM: DRINKS BREAK. SA 61/2 in 16 overs. Du Plessis and Rossouw are battling it out in the middle. 30-run partnership in 8.1 overs so far

Drinks break

7.35 AM: McCullum has kept Boult on. He finishes his 7th over now. 2/38. SA 55/2 in 14

7.32 AM: Packed stands at Eden Park. Photo from BG Mahesh

Packed stands

7.30 AM: Matt Henry 3-2-3-0. Where was he four days ago? Here is the answer

7.26 AM: Attacking field at Eden Park. One wonders is it ODI or Test? Full marks to McCullum

7.20 AM: End of 10 overs, SA 39/2. First 45 minutes have belonged to the hosts. Boult and Southee were excellent. With the crowd behind, the Kiwis are on top at the moment

7.14 AM: Brendon McCullum's captaincy comes in for praise

7.12 AM: Boult now has 21 wickets, highest in the tournament so far. Matt Henry, in his first game of World Cup, comes on to bowl

7.09 AM: FOUR SLIPS and a GULLY - Test cricket? Rilee Rossouw gets a tough welcome at the crease. 4 slips and a gully were waiting and Boult bowls a 139kmph ball, which races past Rossouw's bat, to the keeper. SA 31/2 in 8

7.06 AM: WICKET - De Kock goes for a 17-ball 14. Boult has his second. SA 31/2 in 7.5 overs

7.00 AM: A view of the Sky Tower from the Eden Park. Photo from BG Mahesh, who is at the ground

Sky Tower

6.57 AM: Things have slowed down for SA. They are 26/1 in 5 overs

6.50 AM: Faf du Plessis is in at No. 3. He gets off the mark with a boundary. SA 25/1 in 4

6.46 AM: WICKET - Big scalp. Boult gets Amla (10) bowled. SA 21/1 in 3.4

6.44 AM: Couple of boundaries and another tough catch dropped in the outfield. SA 20/0 in 3

6.39 AM: DROPPED - De Kock (6) edges and wickekeeper Ronchi, diving to his left, fails to take the catch. The ball races to the boundary. SA 10/0 in 2

6.37 AM: FOUR - De Kock gets off the mark and SA have their first runs on the board. De Kock edges Trent Boult past third slip to the boundary

Players get ready for national anthems

6.34 AM: Good start for the hosts. A maiden to start from Southee. SA 0/0 in 1 over

6.30 AM: We are under way in Auckland. Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock are the openers. Tim Southee to bowl the first over. Amla on strike. 3 slips to start with

6.25 AM: Picture from the toss

6.17 AM: It is a drop-in pitch at Eden Park. "Flatter wicket", says former SA captain Shaun Pollock. "Excellent pitch" - Michael Atherton, former England skipper

6.15 AM: Early prediction from spin legend Shane Warne. SA will win, he says

6.13 AM: Former NZ captain Stephen Fleming reckons this will be a "ripper" and he is nervous

6.10 AM: Big game for fast bowler Matt Henry, who is playing in the tournament for the first time after Adam Milne was ruled out due to injury. SA have also made one change, Vernon Philander returns in place of Kyle Abbott


Playing XIs

South Africa: AB de Villiers (captain), Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (wicketkeeper), Faf du Plessis, Rilee Rossouw, JP Duminy, David Miller, Vernon Philander, Morne Morkel, Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir

New Zealand: Brendon McCullum (captain), Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Grant Elliott, Corey Anderson, Luke Ronchi (wicketkeeper), Daniel Vettori, Matt Henry, Trent Boult, Tim Southee

Match starts 6.30 AM IST

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