It’s semi-final time in ICC cricket world cup 2015. New Zealand faces South Africa in the first semi-final. Both the teams never play a single world cup final. Now one team got the chane to play in the finals. Another one have to wait for another four years.
South Africa won the toss and elected to bat first.
South Africa : Vernon Philander back to the team replacing Kyle Abbott.
New Zealand: Matt Henry replace injured Adam Milne.
South Africa’s innings:
Hashim Amla and Quinton De Kock open the innings. Hashim Amla dismissed by Trent Boult on 10. Boult strikes agin to dismiss Quinton De Kock. Tren Boult take 16 top oreder wicket in the tournament he add two more in the list. Faf Du Plessis join with Rile Rossouw to rebuiid the innings. They did fair job but Rile Rossouw departed by corey Anderson with the help of brilliant catch by Martin Guptil.
The skipper AB Devilliers comes to the crease and start his fire works very early. Both the batsmen’s hit half centuries. The run rate climbing up very fast. Unfortunately rain interrupt the match, covers on players leave the field. After two hours delay match resumed but overs reduced to 43 overs per team. Plessis and Devilliers resume their game. Plessis caught behind by Ronchi, Corey Anderson strikes it again to break the set partnership.
On the other side Devilliers doesn’t face much deliveries after that break, but David Miller made up for him played magnificent innings to score 49 off just 18 balls with 6 fours and 3 sixes. At end of the innings Devilliers scored 65 and JP Duminy scores 8. Both the batsmen’s remain not out.
Final score : South Africa – 281/5(43)
Top scorer : Faf Du Plessis – 82(107)(4’s-7)(6’s-1)
New target for New Zealand is 298 runs from 43 overs at 6.9 runs per over.(D/L method)
Hashim Amla – 10(14)(4’s-2)
Quinton De Kock – 14(17)(4’s-2)
Faf Du Plessis – 82(107)(4’s-7)(6’s-1)
Rilee Roussouw – 39(53)(4’s-2)(6’s-1)
AB Devilliers – 65*(45)(4’s-8)(6’s-1)
David Miller – 49(18)(4’s-6)(6’s-3)
Jean-Paul Duminy – 8*(4)(4’s-1)
New Zealand’s bowling card:
Tim Southee – 0-55
Trent Boult – 2-53
Matt Henry -0-40
Daniel Vettori – 0-46
Kane Williamson- 0-5
Grant Elliot – 0-9
Corey Anderson – 3-72
New Zealand’s innings:
Brendon McCullun and Martin Guptil open the innings. Carnage begin very early McCullum smashed boundaries and sixes all over the park. He scored his half-century in just 22 balls. McCullum lost his wicket on 59. Kane Williamson misses out in this match scores just 6. Rose Taylor and Martin Guptil setting nice partnership, unfortunately Guptil run out on 34 and Taylor dismissed on 30.
New Zealand in deep trouble on that stage. Corey Anderson and Grant Elliot takes the responsibility for their team. Both batsmens put strong partnership and both hit half-centuries. Corey Anderson departed on 58. Grant Elliot played a blinder to take New Zealand home.
Final score : New Zealand : 299/6(42.5)
Top score : Grant Elliot : 84*(4's-8)(6's-3)
Martin Guptil - 34(38)(4's-3)(6's1)
Brendon McCullum - 59(26)(4's-8)(6's-4)
Kane Williamson - 6(11)(4's-1)
Ross Taylor - 30(39)(4's-4)
Grant Elliot*- 84(73)(4's-7)(6's-3)
Corey Anderson -58(57)(4's-6)(6's-2)
Luke Ronchi - 8(7)(4's-1)
Daniel Vettori*- 7(6)(4's-1)
South Africa's bowling Card:
Dale steyn - 0-
Vernon Philander - 0-52
Morne Morkel - 3-59
Imran Tahir - 0-40
Jean-Paul Duminy - 1-43
AB Devilliers - 0-21
MAN OF THE MATCH
GRANT ELLIOT : 84*(73)(4's-8)(6's-3)
MATCH RESULT - NEW ZEALAND WON BY 4 WICKETS AND ENTERS IN TO THE FINALS.