Grant Elliott hit a six off Dale Steyn to take New Zealand into the final of the tournament © Getty Images
Grant Elliott hit a six off Dale Steyn to take New Zealand into the final of the tournament © Getty Images

New Zealand batsman Grant Elliott said on Tuesday admitted that he and left-handed batsman Corey Anderson planned their innings to perfection, as the co-hosts of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 qualified for their first ever final with a thrilling four-wicket win over South Africa in the semi-final at Auckland. Scorecard: New Zealand vs South Africa, ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Semi-Final 1

Grant Elliott said after the match, “It’s great. I don’t think this win is for myself or the team, this is for the supporters. We just wanted to taken it as deep as we could. Corey and I paced our innings to perfection.” Updates: New Zealand vs South Africa, ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Semi-Final 1

“Probably not as calm as it looked [running between the wickets]. But when you have 40,000 people screaming at you every ball, it’s hard. We have had a good run, this is the first final we’ve been in. We’re a level team, we’ll approach the game when it comes,” he added. READ: New Zealand vs South Africa ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Semi-Final: SA innings highlights

Elliott added 103 runs for the fifth wicket with Anderson to thwart the challenge produced by South Africa, as the two batsmen took New Zealand close to the revised target of 298 to win from 43 overs, in a rain-truncated game at Auckland’s Eden Park.

Elliott was named Man of the Match for his innings of 84 not out, which came off 73 balls, studded with seven boundaries and three sixes. The South Africa-born cricketer smashed a six off the penultimate ball in the thrilling contest to lead his side to their first-ever final in the history of the cricket World Cup tournaments.