New Zealand coach Mike Hesson has not really slept since his side`s semi-final win over South Africa on Tuesday while skipper Brendon McCullum wants to "stop and smell the roses" before the co-hosts turn their attention to the cricket World Cup final.
Former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar praised New Zealand for playing "outstanding" cricket throughout the World Cup, saying the Kiwis thoroughly deserved to be in the final after edging past South Africa in a battle of nerves at Auckland today.
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.
Johannesburg-born Grant Elliott dedicated New Zealand`s thrilling four-wicket win to long-suffering Kiwi fans after his undefeated 84 steered the Black Caps into a first World Cup final after six previous semi-final losses.
Johannesburg-born Grant Elliott hit a six off the penultimate ball to take New Zealand into their first World Cup final when they defeated the Proteas by four wickets in a rain-hit semi-final thriller at Eden Park on Tuesday.
He might not be a big name in world cricket, but New Zealand batsman Grant Eliott played a scintillating knock against South Africa in the first semi-final of the ICC World Cup 2015 and guided the Kiwis to a 4-wicket win.
The ugly confrontation that marred New Zealand and South Africa`s 2011 World Cup quarter-final is unlikely to be repeated in Tuesday`s clash at Eden Park because the teams have `grown up`, New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum believes.
After more than a month of slugging out, the big four teams are left in the 2015 Cricket World Cup. New Zealand joined Australia, India and South Africa in the last four on Saturday. The co-hosts rode into a record breaking Martin Guptill's 237 run essay to beat the West Indies in the last of quarter-final match.
Sophie Devine celebrated her return to the limited-overs format with a quickfire century as last year`s runner-up New Zealand thrashed South Africa by 150 runs in their opening Group `B` match of the ICC Women`s World Cup, here today.