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Match Day

1306dThe Report by Andrew McGlashan

New Zealand hold nerve to leave SA heartbroken

Amid scenes of rare passion, of the like New Zealand has never seen for a cricket match, Grant Elliott played the innings of his life to carry his adopted country into the World Cup final against

1304dAndrew McGlashan in Auckland

Melbourne-bound, this time with Elliott

Grant Elliott was not among the 20 who tried to absorb the venue of the World Cup final in October in the hope they would return, but he is the man taking them back

1304dAndrew McGlashan

Vettori's potential 'fairytale finish'

Daniel Vettori has not made any official announcements on his future, but a career in coaching in the IPL, where he has already started with Royal Challengers Bangalore, and the Big Bash looms

1304dFirdose Moonda

Singed South Africa grapple with future

The sun has risen after the nadir. Change will come. The future will not be stayed. But for many of South Africa's stalwarts, this may have been a bridge too far

1303dNicholas Hogg

When defeats haunt

The losing team has much to ponder over the what-could-have-beens in close matches; in a one-sided game, the past is put to rest quickly

1306dFirdose Moonda in Auckland

Time slips by South Africa once again

It was Grant Elliott and New Zealand's time in Auckland. Not South Africa's. But the Proteas will leave this tournament wondering when that will ever change. Maybe next time.

1307dAndrew Fidel Fernando

The cult of Kane

He is small. He is quiet. He is flabbergastingly good. Little in sport is more enchanting than this confluence of raw talent and tireless refinement

1306dAndrew McGlashan in Auckland

'I really did feel the pressure' - Elliott

Even as Grant Elliott's inclusion in the World Cup squad in place of Jimmy Neesham was questioned early on, right now the decision is looking a master stroke

1306dAndrew Fidel Fernando in Auckland

Eden Park's moment of catharsis

New Zealand's rise as a cricketing force has generated an upsurge of support, and on the day of their biggest World Cup triumph yet, Eden Park became a living, breathing, 41,000-strong cardiogram

1306dFirdose Moonda in Auckland

South African pain flows onto Auckland outfield

South Africa wept. Together, separately, on camera, off camera, with 40,000 people chanting or in the complete silence inside themselves, they wept. They wept because that was all they had left to do.

1306dSambit Bal in Auckland

Crunch time in clash of equals

The make-up and history of these New Zealand and South Africa units are not dissimilar, and on Tuesday one of them will break new ground at Eden Park

1307dFirdose Moonda in Auckland

The final words before the final frontier

Before AB de Villiers and Brendon McCullum attempt to bat their opposition away, literally, before they have to set a field or decide on a bowling change, even before they toss the coin, they will have to perform another, and perhaps more important job

1307dFirdose Moonda in Auckland

Who will seize this moment?

New Zealand have kept a clean sheet, South Africa have made history with their first-ever victory in a World Cup knockout match. Now both of them will know they need to turn up for their biggest moment yet

1306dFirdose Moonda and Andrew Fidel Fernando

McCullum's Cinderella moment

Plays of the Day from the first semi-final, between New Zealand and South Africa in Auckland

A Record

299

Runs scored by NZ, the highest successful chase in a World Cup knockout match.

Blazin' Bazz

4

Number of times McCullum has scored a WC fifty in 22 balls or less. This has only been done nine times in all.

On Fire

71

Runs scored by NZ in the first 5 overs, the second-most for any team since 2001. The best such score (78) is also by NZ (v BANG, 2007)

AB nearing a milestone

471

Runs scored by AB de Villiers in this WC, the second-most by any SA player in one WC. Kallis scored 485 runs during the 2007 WC.

Boult keeps striking

21

Wickets taken by Trent Boult in this WC, the most by any NZ bowler in one WC. Geoff Allott took 20 wickets in the 1999 WC.

Double Donut

0

Number of times either South Africa or New Zealand have won a World Cup semi final. They have cumulatively play in nine (NZ 6, SA 3).