New Delhi: Grant Elliott played a brilliant innings after making an unbeaten 84 runs to help New Zealand beat South Africa in an enthralling semi-final encounter of the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 at Eden Park in Auckland on Tuesday.
New Zealand required 12 runs of the last over and Elliott smashed a six off Dale Steyn in the second last ball to see the Black Caps register a maiden World Cup final and crush hopes of the Proteas. New Zealand needed 298 runs for victory in 43 overs after Duckworth–Lewis method was introduced and overcame a spirited Proteas by four wickets.
This was South Africa's fourth loss in a semi-final of the World Cup.
Grant Elliott was adjudged the man-of-the-match award.
Here is the player of the match Grant Elliott! pic.twitter.com/9fJeB5CIJa
— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) March 24, 2015
The cricket fraternity lauded Grant Elliott and New Zealand through social micro-blogging site, twitter.
Awesome batting by @grantelliottnz too. Cool as under pressure. Great to watch.
— Ross Taylor (@RossLTaylor) March 24, 2015
— Simon Doull (@Sdoull) March 24, 2015
— Netherlands Cricket (@KNCBcricket) March 24, 2015
Grant Elliot - take a bow!
— Kevin Pietersen (@KP24) March 24, 2015
KIWIS.. what a game...it was indeed a treat #NZvSA Had everything..tension..excitement....skill..thrills and spills.. How cruel for SA !!
— Russel Arnold (@RusselArnold69) March 24, 2015
Well done Grant Elliott! excellent inning! They say "measure your success by what you have to give up in oder to achieved it!!"
— Chandi Hathurusinghe (@CHathurusinghe) March 24, 2015
Congrats to the NZ team who were outstanding in their run chase tonight. NZ held there nerve & are through to their 1st World Cup final...
— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) March 24, 2015
Amazing game of cricket!!! Well done New Zealand.
— Steve Smith (@stevesmith49) March 24, 2015
Elliot is spot on,amazing support for the NZ team from the start of the WC.They deserved this win for the positive approach #CWC2015
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) March 24, 2015
Unbelievable game of cricket!!! #CWC2015
— Sean Abbott (@seanabbott77) March 24, 2015