NZ in to World Cup Final after thrilling semi

NEW ZEALAND have booked their spot in the cricket World Cup final after an absolute nail biting semi-final win over South Africa in Auckland on Tuesday night.

Set a challenging target of 298 in a semi-final reduced by rain to 43 overs a side, the Black Caps got a blazing start from skipper Brendon McCullum.

New Zealand seemed on track when they were needing 46 from 30 balls.


But when it came down to New Zealand needing 12 off the final over, things got interesting.

A Daniel Vettori boundary and a single made it five from two balls.

However, it was Grant Elliott, eventual man of the match, who reigned supreme, lofting the ball over the long-on boundary to finish unbeaten on 84, with New Zealand on 6-299.

The emotion was high for both team, New Zealand obviously elated after reaching the final for the first time after seven semi-final appearances.

On the flip side, South Africa’s players crumbled to the ground with tears visibly running down their face after once again failing to make the ultimate final.

New Zealand will meet either defending champions India or four-time winners Australia in Melbourne on Sunday.