Player of the Match
Player of the Match
    17.1 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
    6.1 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 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
    21.4 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
    not out
    37.6 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
    40.1 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
    not out
    13 (b 6, lb 2, w 5)
    299/6 (42.5 Overs, RR: 6.98)
    Fall of wickets: 1-71 (BB McCullum, 6.1 ov), 2-81 (KS Williamson, 8.5 ov), 3-128 (MJ Guptill, 17.1 ov), 4-149 (LRPL Taylor, 21.4 ov), 5-252 (CJ Anderson, 37.6 ov), 6-269 (L Ronchi, 40.1 ov)
    DW Steyn8.507618.60257410
    VD Philander8.005206.50287200
    M Morkel9.005936.55309110
    Imran Tahir9.014004.44284010
    JP Duminy5.004318.6093220
    AB de Villiers3.002107.0061100

Match Notes

A Record


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

Blazin' Bazz


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


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


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


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


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).

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