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


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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


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)


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