ICC Cricket World Cup, 1st Semi-Final: New Zealand v South Africa at Auckland, Mar 24, 2015
ICC Cricket World Cup - 1st semi final
New Zealand won by 4 wickets (with 1 ball remaining) (D/L method)
24 March 2015 - day/night match (50-over match)
  South Africa innings (43 overs maximum) R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal HM Amla b Boult 10 15 14 2 0 71.42
3.4 86.2 mph, bowled'im. Boult dropped Amla. He has taken out Amla. Follows that bouncer up with a full swinging delivery. No feet from Amla. He drives away from the body, giving the ball time to swing back in. The ball takes the inside edge, and cannons into the middle stump. Eden Park has come alive again. What a start to the match 21/1
View dismissal Q de Kock c Southee b Boult 14 36 17 2 0 82.35
7.5 86.7 mph, Nervous de Kock has found third man to perfection. New Zealand have been all over him, he has been dropped once, but now that the ball has just about stopped swinging, de Kock has thrown it away. Jumps at a full ball from Boult, makes a little too much room, swings hard, gets a thick edge, and Southee doesn't have to move at ll. Boult has now gone past Geoff Allott's record for most wickets by a NZer in a single World Cup 31/2
View dismissal F du Plessis c †Ronchi b Anderson 82 155 107 7 1 76.63
38.2 81.1 mph, bouncer down the leg side, called a wide despite the half shout for a catch at the wicket. New Zealand have reviewed it. Nigel Llong, the umpire, is interested in the glove as du Plessis pulls. And rightly so, because there is a big deflection off the glove. Snicko has registered a spike too. Du Plessis is a goner. "I have got clear evidence that the ball has touched the glove. I'd like you to reverse your original decision," Llong tells Ian Gould 217/4
View dismissal RR Rossouw c Guptill b Anderson 39 77 53 2 1 73.58
26.1 84.3 mph, did anybody say partnership breaker? There is something about Corey. This is a bit of a heavy ball. Rossouw looks to punch this shortish ball, but the extra bounce means it has hit the shoulder of the bat. Guptill at backward point times his jump perfectly to take this one-handed over his head and to his right. A timely wicket for NZ 114/3
AB de Villiers* not out 65 84 45 8 1 144.44
View dismissal DA Miller c †Ronchi b Anderson 49 23 18 6 3 272.22
42.2 81.7 mph, he won't get the fastest WC fifty. He won't get the fifty. Miller has backed away a bit to far, Anderson pushes it across again, and he draws the outside edge. Miller has played an excellent hand, though. This has been a capsule-sized annihilation of the attack 272/5
JP Duminy not out 8 4 4 1 0 200.00
Extras (b 1, w 13) 14
  Total (5 wickets; 43 overs; 196 mins) 281 (6.53 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
  TG Southee 9 1 55 0 6.11 31 10 0 (1w)
View wickets TA Boult 9 0 53 2 5.88 29 7 0
3.4 to Amla, 86.2 mph, bowled'im. Boult dropped Amla. He has taken out Amla. Follows that bouncer up with a full swinging delivery. No feet from Amla. He drives away from the body, giving the ball time to swing back in. The ball takes the inside edge, and cannons into the middle stump. Eden Park has come alive again. What a start to the match 21/1
7.5 to de Kock, 86.7 mph, Nervous de Kock has found third man to perfection. New Zealand have been all over him, he has been dropped once, but now that the ball has just about stopped swinging, de Kock has thrown it away. Jumps at a full ball from Boult, makes a little too much room, swings hard, gets a thick edge, and Southee doesn't have to move at ll. Boult has now gone past Geoff Allott's record for most wickets by a NZer in a single World Cup 31/2
  MJ Henry 8 2 40 0 5.00 27 3 1 (1w)
  DL Vettori 9 0 46 0 5.11 21 2 0 (2w)
  KS Williamson 1 0 5 0 5.00 1 0 0
  GD Elliott 1 0 9 0 9.00 2 0 1
View wickets CJ Anderson 6 0 72 3 12.00 12 6 4 (5w)
26.1 to Rossouw, 84.3 mph, did anybody say partnership breaker? There is something about Corey. This is a bit of a heavy ball. Rossouw looks to punch this shortish ball, but the extra bounce means it has hit the shoulder of the bat. Guptill at backward point times his jump perfectly to take this one-handed over his head and to his right. A timely wicket for NZ 114/3
38.2 to du Plessis, 81.1 mph, bouncer down the leg side, called a wide despite the half shout for a catch at the wicket. New Zealand have reviewed it. Nigel Llong, the umpire, is interested in the glove as du Plessis pulls. And rightly so, because there is a big deflection off the glove. Snicko has registered a spike too. Du Plessis is a goner. "I have got clear evidence that the ball has touched the glove. I'd like you to reverse your original decision," Llong tells Ian Gould 217/4
42.2 to Miller, 81.7 mph, he won't get the fastest WC fifty. He won't get the fifty. Miller has backed away a bit to far, Anderson pushes it across again, and he draws the outside edge. Miller has played an excellent hand, though. This has been a capsule-sized annihilation of the attack 272/5
  New Zealand innings (target: 298 runs from 43 overs) R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal MJ Guptill run out (Amla/†de Kock) 34 80 38 3 1 89.47
17.1 Imran Tahir to Taylor, run-out. Run-out. Run-out. Remember 2011 quarter-final? Their running between the wickets wasn't great in Wellington either. A lot of hesitation here. A flat legbreak, on off, bunted towards backward point. They both want one, but realise this has gone straight to Amla and firmly too. They pause. That brief hesitation is enough for Amla to throw to de Kock and for de Kock to break the wicket. had they gone ahead without hesitation, like de Villiers did earlier in the day, who knows they might have made it? Taylor is distraught. Not it is his game to see through 128/3
View dismissal BB McCullum* c Steyn b Morkel 59 32 26 8 4 226.92
6.1 86.3 mph, and McCullum is gone. Moving bowlers around has worked. Morkel bowls that awkward length with McCullum charging down the wicket. He is cramped for room as he swings. Doesn't time it at all, and fails to keep it down. Steyn, just taken out of the attack, takes it at mid-on 71/1
View dismissal KS Williamson b Morkel 6 12 11 1 0 54.54
8.5 85.2 mph, Morkel has turned this game around. He has taken two of New Zealand's best batsmen out. Morkel stays short, Williamson looks to pull, the shot is on, but the ball doesn't quite come on, and the bottom edge cannons into the stumps 81/2
View dismissal LRPL Taylor c †de Kock b Duminy 30 57 39 4 0 76.92
21.4 57.0 mph, oh he has produced the massive wicket. South Africa have brought all the luck today. This is a soft dismissal. The second in a row. Fires this offbreak into the pads, Taylor looks to shuffle across and work this to leg, but he has moved too far across, and has edged it to de Kock, who takes a superb catch. Looking at that catch, there is no luck involved there. This is brilliant because the deflection is big 149/4
GD Elliott not out 84 132 73 7 3 115.06
View dismissal CJ Anderson c du Plessis b Morkel 58 80 57 6 2 101.75
37.6 81.3 mph, Morkel has brought them back. Faf du Plesiss was never dropping this. South Africa roar. New Zealand slipping at the last hurdle? This has been a superb over by Morkel. Short of a length, around off, the ball gets big on him as he pulls. The top edge is massive. Kisses the moon before it comes back down. Du Plessis takes a lovely safe catch at square leg. Lets out a roar. But hold on. They are checking if this has kissed the spider cam wire on the way down. If it touches, we have a dead ball folks. The replays are inconclusive. In the dark sky with black cables it is hard to tell, and he is asked to walk on. What a farce it is that we have the spidercam. Encroaching upon the playing area. Has a farce been avoided narrowly? Conversation with the third umpire not relayed this time. How transparent 252/5
View dismissal L Ronchi c Rossouw b Steyn 8 13 7 1 0 114.28
40.1 87.6 mph, he has picked out deep midwicket. This is just a length ball, and he has just played an instinctive aerial flick across the line. A nothing shot really, and he has found deep midwicket to perfection. A forgettable night for Ronchi. Dropped de Kock, wasn't great with his collections. Steyn meanwhile is pumped up. South Africa might have their noses ahead here 269/6
DL Vettori not out 7 19 6 1 0 116.66
Extras (b 6, lb 2, w 5) 13
  Total (6 wickets; 42.5 overs; 212 mins) 299 (6.98 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
View wicket DW Steyn 8.5 0 76 1 8.60 25 7 4 (1w)
40.1 to Ronchi, 87.6 mph, he has picked out deep midwicket. This is just a length ball, and he has just played an instinctive aerial flick across the line. A nothing shot really, and he has found deep midwicket to perfection. A forgettable night for Ronchi. Dropped de Kock, wasn't great with his collections. Steyn meanwhile is pumped up. South Africa might have their noses ahead here 269/6
  VD Philander 8 0 52 0 6.50 28 7 2
View wickets M Morkel 9 0 59 3 6.55 30 9 1 (1w)
6.1 to McCullum, 86.3 mph, and McCullum is gone. Moving bowlers around has worked. Morkel bowls that awkward length with McCullum charging down the wicket. He is cramped for room as he swings. Doesn't time it at all, and fails to keep it down. Steyn, just taken out of the attack, takes it at mid-on 71/1
8.5 to Williamson, 85.2 mph, Morkel has turned this game around. He has taken two of New Zealand's best batsmen out. Morkel stays short, Williamson looks to pull, the shot is on, but the ball doesn't quite come on, and the bottom edge cannons into the stumps 81/2
37.6 to Anderson, 81.3 mph, Morkel has brought them back. Faf du Plesiss was never dropping this. South Africa roar. New Zealand slipping at the last hurdle? This has been a superb over by Morkel. Short of a length, around off, the ball gets big on him as he pulls. The top edge is massive. Kisses the moon before it comes back down. Du Plessis takes a lovely safe catch at square leg. Lets out a roar. But hold on. They are checking if this has kissed the spider cam wire on the way down. If it touches, we have a dead ball folks. The replays are inconclusive. In the dark sky with black cables it is hard to tell, and he is asked to walk on. What a farce it is that we have the spidercam. Encroaching upon the playing area. Has a farce been avoided narrowly? Conversation with the third umpire not relayed this time. How transparent 252/5
  Imran Tahir 9 1 40 0 4.44 28 4 0 (1w)
View wicket JP Duminy 5 0 43 1 8.60 9 3 2 (2w)
21.4 to Taylor, 57.0 mph, oh he has produced the massive wicket. South Africa have brought all the luck today. This is a soft dismissal. The second in a row. Fires this offbreak into the pads, Taylor looks to shuffle across and work this to leg, but he has moved too far across, and has edged it to de Kock, who takes a superb catch. Looking at that catch, there is no luck involved there. This is brilliant because the deflection is big 149/4
  AB de Villiers 3 0 21 0 7.00 6 1 1

Match details


Toss - South Africa, who chose to bat
Series - New Zealand advanced
Player of the match - GD Elliott (New Zealand)
Umpires - IJ Gould (England) and RJ Tucker (Australia)
TV umpire - NJ Llong (England)
Match referee - DC Boon (Australia)
Reserve umpire - BNJ Oxenford (Australia)

Match Notes


    • South Africa innings
    • Powerplay 1: Overs 0.1 - 10.0 (Mandatory - 39 runs, 2 wickets)
    • South Africa: 50 runs in 13.3 overs (81 balls), Extras 1
    • Drinks: South Africa - 61/2 in 16.0 overs (F du Plessis 22, RR Rossouw 14)
    • 3rd Wicket: 50 runs in 76 balls (F du Plessis 24, RR Rossouw 20, Ex 6)
    • South Africa: 100 runs in 24.1 overs (145 balls), Extras 8
    • F du Plessis: 50 off 85 balls (4 x 4)
    • South Africa: 150 runs in 31.5 overs (191 balls), Extras 10
    • Drinks: South Africa - 162/3 in 33.0 overs (F du Plessis 63, AB de Villiers 26)
    • 4th Wicket: 50 runs in 44 balls (F du Plessis 25, AB de Villiers 27, Ex 1)
    • Powerplay 2: Overs 35.1 - 38.0 (Batting side - 32 runs, 0 wicket)
    • AB de Villiers: 50 off 32 balls (7 x 4, 1 x 6)
    • South Africa: 200 runs in 36.1 overs (217 balls), Extras 11
    • Rain: South Africa - 216/3 in 38.0 overs (F du Plessis 82, AB de Villiers 60)
    • 7 overs lost, match reduced to 43 overs per side
    • 4th Wicket: 100 runs in 71 balls (F du Plessis 40, AB de Villiers 60, Ex 2)
    • Over 38.2: Review by New Zealand (Bowling), Umpire - IJ Gould, Batsman - F du Plessis (Upheld)
    • South Africa: 250 runs in 40.4 overs (244 balls), Extras 12
    • 5th Wicket: 50 runs in 23 balls (AB de Villiers 4, DA Miller 49, Ex 2)
    • Innings Break: South Africa - 281/5 in 43.0 overs (AB de Villiers 65, JP Duminy 8)
    • New Zealand innings
    • Powerplay 1: Overs 0.1 - 9.0 (Mandatory - 81 runs, 2 wickets)
    • New Zealand: 50 runs in 4.1 overs (25 balls), Extras 5
    • 1st Wicket: 50 runs in 25 balls (MJ Guptill 6, BB McCullum 41, Ex 5)
    • BB McCullum: 50 off 22 balls (6 x 4, 4 x 6)
    • Over 5.4: Review by South Africa (Bowling), Umpire - RJ Tucker, Batsman - MJ Guptill (Struck down)
    • New Zealand: 100 runs in 11.3 overs (69 balls), Extras 6
    • Drinks: New Zealand - 104/2 in 12.0 overs (MJ Guptill 21, LRPL Taylor 12)
    • New Zealand: 150 runs in 21.4 overs (130 balls), Extras 7
    • Drinks: New Zealand - 174/4 in 26.0 overs (GD Elliott 20, CJ Anderson 18)
    • 5th Wicket: 50 runs in 48 balls (GD Elliott 18, CJ Anderson 30, Ex 2)
    • New Zealand: 200 runs in 30.2 overs (182 balls), Extras 8
    • Powerplay 2: Overs 32.1 - 36.0 (Batting side - 35 runs, 0 wicket)
    • CJ Anderson: 50 off 47 balls (5 x 4, 2 x 6)
    • GD Elliott: 50 off 53 balls (6 x 4, 1 x 6)
    • New Zealand: 250 runs in 36.6 overs (222 balls), Extras 11
    • 5th Wicket: 100 runs in 92 balls (GD Elliott 39, CJ Anderson 58, Ex 5)
 
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Hours of play (local time) 14.00 start, First Session 14.00-17.30, Interval 17.30-18.15, Second Session 18.15-21.45

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