World Cup: Emotions run wild in epic semifinal between New Zealand and South Africa

 World Cup: Emotions run wild in epic semifinal between New Zealand and South Africa

Three images showing South Africa's despair after the match — the most telling one being the one in the centre — in which Grant Elliott, who scored the winning six, gives a hand to last over bowler Dale Steyn. Getty Images

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Here's Faf du Plessis of South Africa diving to make his crease during the World Cup Semi Final match between New Zealand and South Africa at Eden Park. Du Plessis scored a cracking 82 but ended on the losing side. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

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AB de Villiers recovers after falling into his crease during his innings of 65 runs off 45 balls. South Africa posted 281/5 in 43 overs — but the revised target for New Zealand after applying the Duckworth-Lewis method was 298.  (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

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Nathan McCullum drops a catch during South Africa's innings. Before rain interrupted, the Proteas were looking in a great position. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

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Brendon McCullum gave his team a cracking start — his innings of 59 from 26 balls was worth its wait in gold. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

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But New Zealand lost a couple of early wickets — Kane Williamson was bowled by Morne Morkel for just six. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

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But Corey Anderson and Grant Elliott stitched up a brilliant partnership. De Villiers had a great chance for a run out but struck the stumps without the ball in his hands and didn't manage to uproot any of them in his second attempt. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

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Du Plessis celebrates after taking a catch to dismiss Corey Anderson as SA finally broke the crucial partnership. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

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With 12 required off the last over, it was left to Elliott to finish things off — and he did it with a cracking six of the penultimate ball. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

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Daniel Vettori also played his part as New Zealand reached their first ever World Cup final.. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

Updated Date: Mar 24, 2015 16:57:42 IST