New-Zealand-vs-South-Africa-March-24,-2015

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 (New Zealand (NZ) take on South Africa (SA) in the first semi-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 on Tuesday. Catch live cricket scores and updates here)

Grant Elliott is the man of the match. He says, “It’s great. I don’t think this win is for myself or the team, this is for the supporters. We just wanted to take it as deep as we could. Corey and I paced our innings to perfection. 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.”

New Zealand beat South Africa by four wickets and have qualified to a World Cup final for the first time in history. South Africa’s campaign has ended once again at the semi-final stage. Read Shiamak Unwalla’s match report here

Live cricket score New Zealand 299/6 | Overs 42.5 (43)

Grant Elliott 84 (73), Daniel Vettori 7 (5)

Steyn to bowl the final over. ONE BYE! Play and a miss! ONE! Played to covers. New Zealand need nine more runs to qualify from here. Full and wide and Vettori hits  it to the boundary. ONE BYE! Vettori plays and misses. Elliott on strike. Crucial delivery. SIX! All over. New Zealand are in the World Cup final for the very first time.

Live cricket score New Zealand 286/6 | Overs 42 (43) [Need 11 from 6 balls]

Grant Elliott 77 (71), Daniel Vettori 3 (3)

Morne Morkel continues. ONE! Full toss, played to covers, good stop. TWO! Elliott hits it high in the air but it falls between three players. New Zealand survive. ONE! Played on the leg side. ONE! Vettori smashes the ball to fine leg, excellent stop at the fence. FOUR! Elliott goes over the covers for another boundary. Tie good enough for New Zealand to qualify for the final. TWO! Top edge two players coming together drop the catch.

Live cricket score New Zealand 275/6 | Overs 41 (43) [Need 23 from 12 balls]

Grant Elliott 68 (66), Daniel Vettori 1 (1)

OUT! Dale Steyn is into the attack and Ronchi lobs the ball straight into the hands of deep square leg. TWO! Nicely played by Elliott down to third man as Daniel Vettori is the new batsman. TWO! Excellent running as South Africa missed yet another run out. ONE! Played to fine leg. Vettori on strike now. ONE! Full toss outside off, Vettori gets bat on ball to point. DOT to finish.

Luke Ronchi c Rossouw b Steyn 8 (7)

Live cricket score New Zealand 269/5 | Overs 40 (43) [Need 29 from 18 balls]

Grant Elliott 63 (63), Luke Ronchi 8 (6)

Imran Tahir into the attack. ONE! Played on the off side. DOT! Played to mid-wicket. DOT! Played back to Tahir. ONE! Hit to mid-wicket. FOUR! Picked through mid-wicket. Sensible batting. ONE! Played down the ground.

Live cricket score New Zealand 262/5 | Overs 39 (43) [Need 36 from 24 balls]

Grant Elliott 62 (60), Luke Ronchi 2 (3)

AB de Villiers continues. ONE! Played past him for a single. DOT! Played straight back to the bowler. ONE! Hit straight back past the bowler to long on. SIX! Short ball, over the square leg fence. ONE to deep square leg. ONE to finish.

Live cricket score New Zealand 252/5 | Overs 38 (43) [Need 46 from 30 balls]

Grant Elliott 54 (57), Luke Ronchi 0 (0)

Morne Morkel is on. ONE! Elliott plays it down to third man. DOT! Batsmen look for a single, not possible. DOT! Hit straight to point. DOT! Beaten outside off. DOT! Played and missed on leg stump. OUT! In the air and taken. Anderson is dismissed for a well made half-century.

Corey Anderson c du Plessis b Morkel 58 (57)

Live cricket score New Zealand 251/4 | Overs 37 (43) [Need 47 fro 36 balls]

Grant Elliott 53 (56), Corey Anderson 58 (52)

AB de Villiers brings himself on again. DOT! Played back to him. ONE! Anderson smashes it down the ground. DOT! LBW appeal, not given. South Africa do not have a review. ONE! Flashed to square leg. TWO to deep mid-wicket. FOUR! Anderson hits it to the fine leg fence. 100 partnership up!

Live cricket score New Zealand 243/4 | Overs 36 (43) [Need 55 fro 42 balls]

Grant Elliott 52 (54), Corey Anderson 51 (48)

Imran Tahir is into the attack. WIDE down the leg side. FOUR Short, wide and Anderson hits it to the point fence. ONE! Anderson goes down the ground. 50 for Anderson. DOT! Played to short fine leg. FOUR! Goes over covers. 50 for Elliott too. ONE down the ground. ONE down the ground to finish.

Live cricket score New Zealand 231/4 | Overs 35 (43) [Need 67 fro 48 balls]

Grant Elliott 47 (51), Corey Anderson 45 (45)

SIX! Grant Elliott picks the ball outside off and launches it over the backward square leg fence. ONE to square leg. DOT! In swinger from Morkel, wraps Andereson on the pads. DOT! Played to point. FOUR! layed over the top of mid-off, AB de Villiers tries to stop but the ball goes into the fence. ONE to finish.

Live cricket score New Zealand 219/4 | Overs 34 (43)

Grant Elliott 40 (49), Corey Anderson 40 (41)

Dale Steyn continues. ONE Anderson runs the ball to third man. DOT! ONE LEG BYE! Quick single. ONE! Anderson runs the ball to third man close to his body. TWO! Elliott hits it just wide of mid off. ONE! Down to mid on.

Live cricket score New Zealand 213/4 | Overs 33 (43)

Grant Elliott 37 (45), Corey Anderson 38 (39)

New Zealand take the batting powerplay. Morne Morkel back into the attack. FOUR! Anderson smashes the ball back past the bowler. Great start. DOT! Well left outside off. DOT! Played to mid off. DOT! Nicely defended. DOT! Swing and a miss. ONE to finish.

Live cricket score New Zealand 208/4 | Overs 32 (43)

Grant Elliott 37 (45), Corey Anderson 33 (33)

Dale Steyn continues. DOT! beaten outside off. ONE! Played to deep cover. DOT! Mix-up, Anderson was half  way down the track, de Villiers does not have the ball in his hand when he knocks the stumps. Let off for new Zealand. DOT! Left alone outside off. DOT! Played to covers. FOUR! Well timed to the third man fence. READ: Corey Anderson survives easy run out scare off AB de Villiers against South Africa in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 semi-final

Live cricket score New Zealand 201/4 | Overs 31 (43)

Grant Elliott 33 (41), Corey Anderson 32 (31)

Surprise! Surprise! It’s AB de Villiers, who has brought himself on. DOT! Elliott hits it right back to him. Full delivery played to deep square leg. 200 up for New Zealand. ONE! Firmly struck down the ground.  ONE! Full delivery, hits the pad and batsmen get a run. ONE! Mis field by de Villiers off his own bowling. DOT to finish.

Live cricket score New Zealand 199/4 | Overs 30 (43)

Grant Elliott 32 (37), Corey Anderson 30 (29)

Dale Steyn returns. DOT! Elliott plays it straight to mid on. DOT! Beaten outside off. DOT! Played to covers. THREE! Excellent shot through covers, de Villiers is behinf=d the ball and he prevents the boundary. DOT! Full delivery left alone outside off. DOT! Steyn goes around the wicket and Anderson is beaten outside off after he attempts a pull.

Live cricket score New Zealand 196/4 | Overs 29 (43)

Grant Elliott 29 (33), Corey Anderson 30 (27)

JP Duminy is back into the attack. ONE! Played down the ground. ONE to short fine leg. WIDE down the leg side. ONE! Quick single to mid-wicket. ONE towards square leg. TWO! Swept to fine leg, good start by Hashim Amla in the deep. SIX! Full toss smashed back over the long off fence.

Live cricket score New Zealand 183/4 | Overs 28 (43)

Grant Elliott 27 (31), Corey Anderson 20 (23)

Imran Tahir continues. ONE! Played down the ground by Elliott. ONE! Played to covers off the back foot. ONE! Cut to point, half stopped by Morkel. DONE! Played to point. ONE! Down to long on. DOT to finish.

Live cricket score New Zealand 179/4 | Overs 27 (43)

Grant Elliott 25 (28), Corey Anderson 18 (20)

Vernon Philander again. He starts with two DOTS! DOT AGAIN! Elliott plays it to point. FOUR! Full outside off and it crashes into the cover fence. DOT! beaten outside off. ONE to finish.

Live cricket score New Zealand 174/4 | Overs 26 (43)

 Grant Elliott 20 (22), Corey Anderson 18 (20)

Imran Tahir is back. DOT! Nice defence by Grant Elliott. DOT! Beaten outside off. ONE! Short and quick, driven down the ground. DOT! beaten outside off. DOT! Wrong one, beats him well. DOT to finish.

Live cricket score New Zealand 173/4 | Overs 25 (43)

 Grant Elliott 19 (19), Corey Anderson 18 (17)

Vernon philander continues. DOT! Anderson plays it to covers. DOT! Played back to the bowler. DOT! Nicely played on the front foot. DOT! Lovely drive straight to mid on. TWO! Anderson pulls to mid-wicket. SIX! Anderson pulls the ball over square leg. Excellent finish to the over.

Live cricket score New Zealand 165/4 | Overs 24 (43)

 Grant Elliott 19 (19), Corey Anderson 10 (11)

JP Duminy continues around the wicket. Elliott sweeps it to deep fine leg for a single. Straying on the pads of Anderson and it goes to the deep backward square leg fence. DOT! Safely negotiated. ONE! Played down the ground. FOUR! Swept fine for another boundary. DOT! Played to mid-wicket.

Live cricket score New Zealand 155/4 | Overs 23 (43)

 Grant Elliott 14 (16), Corey Anderson 5 (8)

Vernon Philander now. DOT! Played and missed by Corey Anderson outside off. DOT! Full delivery with some shape, nicely negotiated. DOT! Played to short third man. DOT! In Swinger, beats Anderson. He Doesn’t know what hit him! FOUR! Full delivery on off, beautifully driven down the ground. DOT! Left alone outside off.

Live cricket score New Zealand 151/4 | Overs 22 (43)

 Grant Elliott 14 (16), Corey Anderson 1 (2)

JP Duminy into the attack. ONE! Played to deep square leg. DOT! Full delivery, outside edge, safe. DOT! Played to mid-wicket. OUT! Ross Taylor is caught on the leg side by the wicket keeper. Duminy strikes! Corey Anderson is the new batsman. WIDE down the leg side. DOT! On leg stump, safely negotiated. ONE! Played to deep cover. READ: Ross Taylor dismissed for 30 by JP Duminy against South Africa in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 semi-final

Ross Taylor  c de Kock b Duminy 30 (39)

Live cricket score New Zealand 148/3 | Overs 21 (43)

Ross Taylor 30 (36), Grant Elliott 13 (15)

Morne Morkel continues. FOUR! Grant Elliott guides the ball on middle and leg to the fence. Good start to the over. DOT! Played to point. DOT! Nicely played. DOT! Left alone outside off. DOT! In swinging delivery, beats him all ends up. ONE! Played to point.

Live cricket score New Zealand 143/3 | Overs 20 (43)

Ross Taylor 30 (36), Grant Elliott 8 (9)

Imran Tahir continues. ONE! Grant Elliott charges down the track and plays it for a single on the off side. DOT! Played on the off side. ONE! neatly played on the on side. DOT! Played to mid-wicket. ONE! Played to short third man. ONE! Quick ball played around the corner.

Live cricket score New Zealand 140/3 | Overs 19 (43)

Ross Taylor 29 (34), Grant Elliott 6 (5)

Dale Steyn is back. ONE! Grant Elliot just runs it down to third man. DOT! Driven to covers. DOT! Played to short mid-wicket. DOT! Carefully paid. TWO! Played to deep mid-wicket. FOUR! Full delivery on middle and leg, nicely played between mid on and mid-wicket.

Live cricket score New Zealand 133/3 | Overs 18 (43)

Ross Taylor 23 (29), Grant Elliott 5 (4)

Imran Tahir continues. OUT! Martin Guptill is run out after a huge mix-up. South Africa can breathe a sigh of relief now. Grant Elliott is the new batsman. FOUR! Elliott is immediately off the mark with a fine sweep. DOT! Nicely forward. ONE! Played on the leg side. ONE! Ross Taylor will take strike for the last ball. DOT to finish yet another good over.

Martin Guptill Run Out 34 (38)

Live cricket score New Zealand 128/2 | Overs 17 (43)

Martin Guptill 34 (38), Ross Taylor 23 (27)

Vernon Philander again. FOUR! Guptill smashes it past the bowler into the long on fence. ONE! Short delivery pulled away to fine leg.FOUR! Short delivery, pulled in front of leg, a mis field from David Miller gifts New Zealand a boundary.ONE! Taylor runs through for a quick single. ONE! Played to long on. ONE through the off side. READ: Brendon McCullum has four of the 11 fastest 50-plus scores in World Cup cricket

Live cricket score New Zealand 116/2 | Overs 16 (43)

Martin Guptill 28 (35), Ross Taylor 17 (23)

Imran Tahir continues. DOT! Guptill plays it to mid-wicket. ONE! Plays to deep square leg. ONE! Full toss, put away to long on by Taylor. ONE! Guptill plays it to long on. DOT! Played to short fine leg.

Live cricket score New Zealand 113/2 | Overs 15 (43)

Martin Guptill 25 (32), Ross Taylor 16 (21)

Vernon Philander into the attack. BEATEN! Guptill is comprehensively beaten outside off. ONE on the off side. DOT! Taylor plays straight to covers. DOT! Taylor plays to short cover. DOT Cut to backward point. DOT! Played to short mid on.

Live cricket score New Zealand 112/2 | Overs 14 (43)

Martin Guptill 24 (30), Ross Taylor 16 (17)

Imran Tahir is back into the attack. DOT! Guptill plays it to short fine leg. ONE! Tahir strays a touch down leg stump, Guptill plays it to deep square leg. TWO! Taylor plays it to square leg and runs very quickly. DOT! Played with soft hands. ONE! Played to short fine leg. ONE! Hit firmly to deep square leg.

Live cricket score New Zealand 107/2 | Overs 13 (43)

Martin Guptill 23 (27), Ross Taylor 13 (14)

Vernon Philander starts proceedings. ONE! Played to fine leg by Guptill. DOT! Played straight to covers. ONE! Flashed hard outside off, goes down to third man. ONE! Played to deep square leg. DOT! Played to backward point. DOT to finish.

Live cricket score New Zealand 104/2 | Overs 12 (43)

Martin Guptill 21 (25), Ross Taylor 12 (10)

JP Duminy continues. DOT! Short, outside off, Taylor cuts straight to point. ONE! Taylor sweeps to fine leg. SIX! Guptill goes over mid-wicket. 100 up! ONE to mid-wicket. ONE! Fine sweep, just for a single. ONE down the ground to finish.

Live cricket score New Zealand 94/2 | Overs 11 (43)

Martin Guptill 13 (22), Ross Taylor 10 (7)

Morne Morkel continues. DOT! Short ball, left alone by Guptill. ONE! Played to the vacant mid-wicket area. FOUR! Driven on the off side for another boundary. ONE! Edged, past second slip. DOT! Played to square leg. DOT! Played and missed outside off.

Live cricket score New Zealand 88/2 | Overs 10 (43)

Martin Guptill 12 (18), Ross Taylor 5 (5)

JP Duminy into the attack. ONE! Played on the leg side by Martin Guptill.  ONE! Taylor off the mark, plays a shot to mid on. ONE! Played to square leg. FOUR! Swept fine for a boundary. DOT! Played to mid-wicket. DOT to finish.

Live cricket score New Zealand 81/2 | Overs 9 (43)

Martin Guptill 11 (16), Ross Taylor 0 (1)

Morne Morkel again. DOT! Williamson plays it carefully. DOT! Played straight. DOT! Driven straight to mid off. FOUR! Short ball, pulled past mid on  for a boundary. OUT! Short delivery, Williamson plays the ball on to the wickets. Big blow for New Zealand. Ross Taylor is the new batsman. DOT to finish.

Kane Williamson b Morkel 6 (11)

Live cricket score New Zealand 77/1 | Overs 8 (43)

Martin Guptill 11 (16), Kane Williamson 2 (6)

ONE! Vernon Philander is back and Martin Guptill plays him on the leg side. ONE! Williamson gives the strike straight back. DOT! Nicely played to covers. DOT! Played to mid on. FOUR! Guptill turns the ball away to the backward square leg fence. DOT to finish. READ: Brendon McCullum becomes 2nd batsman to score 3,000 ODI runs in New Zealand

Live cricket score New Zealand 72/1 | Overs 7 (43)

Martin Guptill 6 (11), Kane Williamson 1 (5)

Morne Morkel continues. OUT! Brendon McCullum smashes the ball straight to mid-on. What an innings by the skipper! DOT! Nicely played. DOT! Clips to square leg. DOT! Played with a straight bat. DOT! Driven off the back foot, straight to point. ONE to finish. READ: Brendon McCullum dismissed for 59 by Morne Morkel against South Africa in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 semi-final

Brendon McCullum c Steyn b Morkel 59 (26)

Live cricket score New Zealand 71/0 | Overs 6 (43)

Martin Guptill 6 (11), Brendon McCullum 59 (25)

Imran Tahir is now into the attack. Starts with three DOTS! DOT again! But a huge appeal from the players. South Africa take the review for LBW after the umpire gave it not out. The hawk-eye says that it is going well over the wickets. Guptill survives! DOT! Wrong one, Guptill misses it completely. DOT to finish. MAIDEN!

Live cricket score New Zealand 71/0 | Overs 5 (43)

Martin Guptill 6 (5), Brendon McCullum 59 (25)

Dale Steyn continues. SIX! What a shot! it’s hit right over his head and over the long off fence.50 up for New Zealand. WIDE! Steyn strays down leg. FOUR! Smashed down the ground this time. What a start for the Kiwis. SIX! Mis hit and it sails over the square leg fence. McCullum gets 50 of just 22 deliveries. FOUR! Full toss on leg, goes to the fine leg fence. FOUR! Through covers this time. DOT! Swing and a miss. READ: Brendon McCullum scores 31st ODI half-century against South Africa in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 semi-final

Live cricket score New Zealand 46/0 | Overs 4 (43)

Martin Guptill 6 (5), Brendon McCullum 35 (19)

Morne Morkel into the attack. FOUR! Smashed to long on, one bounce over the fence. DOT! McCullum tries to pull, falls right in front of him. DOT! Played on the off side. FOUR! McCullum pulls the ball to the mid-wicket fence, it was not timed properly though. ONE! Pulls again, but falls between mid on and mid wicket. No damage done. WIDE! Morkel strays down leg. FOUR! Clipped towards deep square leg.

Live cricket score New Zealand 32/0 | Overs 3 (43)

Martin Guptill 2 (4), Brendon McCullum 26 (14)

DOT! Steyn continues and beats Guptill outside off. ONE! Plays on off side, sent back, but Philander misses the stumps, batsmen get a single. DOT! McCullum plays and misses outside off. DOT! Played on the off side, doesn’t beat the fielder in the in field. FOUR! Over mid off’s head, great batting. ONE! Played to covers.

Live cricket score New Zealand 26/0 | Overs 2 (43)

Martin Guptill 1 (2), Brendon McCullum 21 (10)

FOUR BYES! Short delivery, McCullum steps out, but goes through everyone for a boundary. SIX! McCullum pulls and goes over deep backward square leg. FOUR! Pulls over square leg this time. DOT! McCullum swings, but doesn’t go anywhere. DOT! Driven down the ground, fielder right at the edge of the 30 metre circle. FOUR! Tucked away around the corner by McCullum. Excellent stuf!

Live cricket score New Zealand 8/0 | Overs 1 (43)

Martin Guptill 1 (2), Brendon McCullum 7 (4)

Dale Steyn starts things for South Africa. ONE! Edge and it flies to third man. DOT! McCullum loses his footing as a short delivery keeps him on his toes. DOT! Played and missed. SIX! McCullum goes over covers for a huge one. ONE! Run down to third man. DOT to finish.

New Zealand need 298 runs to win in 43 overs (D/L method). The play will resume in 10 minutes. Read Shiamak Unwalla’s innings report of New Zealand vs South Africa, semi-final 1 at Auckland here

Live cricket score South Africa 281/5 | Overs 43 (43)

AB de Villiers 65 (45), JP Duminy 8 (4)

Corey Anderson continues. Around the wicket for David Miller and it’s smashed out of the park over mid-wicket for a huge six. OUT! Miller is caught behind, falls one short of his 50. JP Duminy is the new batsman. DOT! Short delivery, he swings and misses. FOUR! Smashed over mid-wicket, but goes through the hands of Nathan McCullum. WIDE! Short ball, goes over the head. TWO! Chipped over the in field on the off side. TWO to finish the innings.

David miller c Ronchi b Anderson 49 (18)

Live cricket score South Africa 266/4 | Overs 42 (43)

AB de Villiers 65 (45), David miller  43 (16)

Tim Southee again. FOUR! Miller smashes the ball back to the long off fence. ONE! Played to long off. DOT! Swing and a miss from de Villiers. ONE! Yorker, dug out by de Villiers to long off. ONE BYE! Swing and a miss, the batsmen go through for a bye. DOT! Swing and a miss again. Good over for New Zealand.

Live cricket score South Africa 259/4 | Overs 41 (43)

AB de Villiers 64 (42), David miller  38 (13)

Corey Anderson again. FOUR! Anderson goes around the wicket to Miller. He swings, takes top edge and collects another boundary. WIDE! Anderson bowls a bouncer over the head. ONE, played to long on. ONE! Full toss smashed away on the on side. SIX! Smashed back past the bowler for a flat six. Miller on fire! SIX! Full length on middle stump, whacked over mid-wicket. ONE! Short delivery, pulled to deep fine leg.

Live cricket score South Africa 239/4 | Overs 40 (43)

AB de Villiers 63 (41), David miller 20 (8)

Tim Southee is into the attack. FOUR! Southee comes around the wicket and it’s smashed back towards the long off fence. FOUR! Cut fine towards third man. DOT! Short delivery, swing and a miss from David Miller. FOUR! Full outside off, driven over the top. That’s three fours in four deliveries! FOUR! Smashed back, McCullum misfields, South Africa collect another boundary. ONE! Played on the leg side.

Live cricket score South Africa 222/4 | Overs 39 (43)

AB de Villiers 63 (41), David miller 3 (2)

AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis come out to bat after a break of well over an hour. They were going extremely well before rain unfortunately stopped play. Corey Anderson to bowl the first over after the break. ONE! De Villiers smashes the ball down the ground, Matt henry on the fence stops a certain boundary. WIDE! Anderson goes around the wicket and strays down the leg side. But New Zealand think it took an edge and have reviewed it after it was given not out. It is now given OUT! Du Plessis is dismissed off the fast ball he faces after the break. David Miller is the new batsman. TWO! Played with soft hands to deep mid-wicket, good running. ONE! Smashed to long on. TWO! Full toss smashed to deep cover, good stop in the deep. DOT! Swing and a miss. READ: Faf du Plessis dismissed for 82 by Corey Anderson against New Zealand in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 semi-final

Faf du Plessis c Ronchi b Anderson 82 (107)

Three bowlers can bowl nine overs and two bowlers can bowl eight overs. The first powerplay will be of nine overs, with the batting powerplay being for four overs.

Match reduced to 43-over per side. South Africa have already played 38 overs, they’ll come out to play another five overs. Game to begin in the next 15 minutes or so, which is around 11.10 AM.

Finally some blue skies at Auckland. Inspection to take place in a few minutes. few overs a likely to get reduced. South Africa were in a commanding position before rain stopped play. 


 


Play has been halted for almost an hour now and the rains don not seem as though they will stop any time soon, if the match doesn’t resume today, it will continue tomorrow, which is a reserve day. South Africa were at 216 for 3 in 38 overs with Faf du Plessis batting on 82 (106) and skipper AB de Villiers batting on 60 (38).

Latest Update: Covers were set to come off, but now they are back on again due to some constant drizzling. There’s a further delay now. Meanwhile, AB de Villiers becomes South Africa’s leading run-scorer in World Cups


 


 

Rain has stopped play at Auckland, with South Africa well in command. Stay tuned for further updates. Rains getting heavier and heavier at Auckland, covers are still on. 


 


Live cricket score South Africa 216/3 | Overs 38

 Faf du Plessis 82 (106),  AB de Villiers 60 (38)

Trent Boult now. ONE! Cut to third man. ONE played to short fine leg. ONE! Slow short delivery, safely played towards short fine leg. FOUR! Short delivery on middle stump, guided away towards third man. ONE towards long on. FOUR! Full toss driven down the ground. 12 off that over! 100 partnership up off just 73 deliveries. READ: AB de Villiers abd Faf du Plessis bring up 100-run stand against New Zealand in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 semi-final

Live cricket score South Africa 204/3 | Overs 37

 Faf du Plessis 76 (103),  AB de Villiers 54 (35)

Tim Southee in the attack. ONE! Run down the third man. ONE! De Villiers drives, scampers for a single, makes it easily in the end. But the umpire has gone to the third umpire after McCullum hits the wickets. ONE to square leg. TWO! In the air, lands between three fielders close to mid-wicket. ONE! Full toss on leg stump towards fine leg.

Live cricket score South Africa 199/3 | Overs 36

 Faf du Plessis 73 (99),  AB de Villiers 52 (33)

Batting powerplay taken. ONE! Du Plessis plays a short, wide ball to covers. DROPPED! De Villiers smashes the ball towards covers, Williamson drops it. SIX! De Villiers comes down the track and smashes the ball over long on. FOUR! Driven beautifully down the ground for a boundary. Anderson proving expensive. FOUR! Smashed down the ground. 50 for AB off just 32 deliveries! DOT to finish.

Live cricket score South Africa 184/3 | Overs 35

 Faf du Plessis 72 (98),  AB de Villiers 38 (28)

Matt Henry again. DOT! Du Plessis defends. TWO! Misfield in the deep, fetches a couple of runs. ONE! Quick single, direct hit would have had him. De Villiers is hurt and there’s a minor stoppage in play. ONE! Played down to third man. ONE down to third man again. FOUR! Played between keeper and wide first slip. What a shot!

Live cricket score South Africa 175/3 | Overs 34

 Faf du Plessis 68 (94),  AB de Villiers 33 (26)

Corey Anderson is back into the attack. ONE! De Villiers cuts to deep covers. DOT! Played to covers. FOUR! Short delivery, pulled to mid-wicket. No pace on the delivery whatsoever.  partnership up! WIDE outside off. ONE! Played to square leg. TWO! Short delivery smashed to deep covers. FOUR! Short ball again and pulled to the mid-wicket fence, again! READ: AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis bring up 50-run stand against New Zealand in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 semi-final

Live cricket score South Africa 162/3 | Overs 33

 Faf du Plessis 63 (91),  AB de Villiers 26 (23)

Matt Henry again. FOUR! Ball on good length, de Villiers rocks back and smashes it down the ground. DOT! Left alone outside off. DOT! Short delivery, de Villiers comes down the track, but lets it go to the keeper. TWO! Short, wide and played towards covers off the back foot. FOUR! Driven down the ground, excellent shot. ONE! Played down to third man.

Live cricket score South Africa 151/3 | Overs 32

 Faf du Plessis 63 (91),  AB de Villiers 15 (17)

Vettori continues. ONE! de Villiers plays a full delivery to deep covers. DOT! Driven, excellent stop at covers. FOUR! Short ball, du Plessis tries to cut but it takes an outside edge and runs away. ONE! Played to long on. FOUR! De Villiers charges down, collects the ball on the full and smashes it down the ground. ONE to finish. 150 up for South Africa.

Live cricket score South Africa 140/3 | Overs 31

 Faf du Plessis 58 (88),  AB de Villiers 9 (14)

Matt Henry returns into the attack. ONE! De Cilliers turns the ball to deep square leg. DOT! Shortish delivery outside off, du Plessis tries to pull, takes the outside edge and drops on the pitch. TWO over mid-wicket, just clears the ring. 50 for du plessis off 85 deliveries. DOT! Played to point. SIX! Straight and six, just what South Africa needed at this stage. TWO quick runs towards fine leg to finish. Delicately played.

Live cricket score South Africa 129/3 | Overs 30

 Faf du Plessis 48 (83),  AB de Villiers 8 (13)

ONE! Vettori continues, du Plessis comes down the track and plays it to long off. ONE! Driven to long off. ONE! Back of a good length, played to short fine leg. DOT! Smashed down the track, straight to Vettori. ONE! Played to long on. Stadium looks jam packed. DOT to finish.

Live cricket score South Africa 125/3 | Overs 29

 Faf du Plessis 46 (80),  AB de Villiers 6 (10)

Trent Boult is back. ONE! Full delivery, played with soft hands, batsmen scamper for a single. ONE! Quick single towards covers. DOT! Played straight. ONE! Pulled to fine leg. DOT to finish a good over.

Live cricket score South Africa 122/3 | Overs 28

 Faf du Plessis 44 (76),  AB de Villiers 5 (8)

Daniel Vettori again. TWO! Driven nicely by AB de Villiers towards covers. ONE! Played past short third man. DOT! Some turn for Vettori, beaten comprehensively. ONE! Played to short fine leg. ONE! Down the track, played to long on. ONE down to long on to finish the over.


 


Live cricket score South Africa 116/3 | Overs 27

 Faf du Plessis 42 (73),  AB de Villiers 1 (5)

Corey Anderson is into the attack. WIDE! Short ball outside off, one bouncer for the over signaled. OUT! Stunning catch from Martin Guptill at backward point. Rilee Rossouw is dismissed. DOT! Short delivery, new batsman B de Cilliers tries to pull but it hits his thigh pad, just misses the stumps. DOT! Left alone. WIDE! Short ball outside leg. DOT! De Villiers charges down, plays it to covers. DOT! Driven down the ground. ONE! Down the wicket again, de Villiers swats it away to the leg side. READ: Rilee Rossouw dismissed for 39 by Corey Anderson against New Zealand in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 semi-final

Rilee Rossouw c Guptill b Anderson 39 (53)

Live cricket score South Africa 113/2 | Overs 26

 Faf du Plessis 42 (73),  Rilee Rossouw 39 (52)

Daniel vettori goes over the wicket to Rossouw. ONE! Short delivery, played to mid-on. ONE! Du Plessis plays it straight. DOT! Played to covers. ONE! reverse sweep, played to third man. ONE! Full delivery, played to deep cover. ONE to long on.

Live cricket score South Africa 108/2 | Overs 25

 Faf du Plessis 40 (71),  Rilee Rossouw 36 (48)

Grant Elliott is into the attack. ONE! Played to mid on. 100 up for South Africa. DOT! Played to short mid-wicket. ONE! Full delivery played to long on. SIX! Elliot goes around the wicket to Rossouw, he smashes him over the straight fence. ONE! Played to long off. DOT! Played to point. READ: South Africa bring up 100 against New Zealand in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 semi-final

Live cricket score South Africa 99/2 | Overs 24

 Faf du Plessis 39 (68),  Rilee Rossouw 28 (45)

DOT! Full delivery outside off of Rossouw. WIDE! Way down leg side. ONE! Short delivery smashed sown mid off. Well stopped by Anderson. ONE down the ground. ONE! Played to fine leg. ONE! Played to fine leg. ONE! Driven in the air, just past short cover.

Live cricket score South Africa 93/2 | Overs 23

 Faf du Plessis 37 (66),  Rilee Rossouw 25 (41)

Kane Williamson is into the attack. New Zealand desperately need a couple of wickets now. ONE! Played straight down the ground. ONE! Wrapped  on the pads, quick single. ONE! Played to long on. ONE! Full toss played to mid off. Good stop. ONE! Plaued to long on. DOT to finish.

Live cricket score South Africa 88/2 | Overs 22

 Faf du Plessis 35 (63),  Rilee Rossouw 22 (38)

Vettori continues. ONE! Around the wicket, Rossouw guides the ball to deep square leg. DOT! Du Plessis plays it out cautiously. ONE! Quick single on the leg side. DOT! Quick delivery on the middle stump, played to covers. ONE! Full delivery on middle, driven to mid off. DOT to finish.

Live cricket score South Africa 85/2 | Overs 21

 Faf du Plessis 34 (60),  Rilee Rossouw 20 (35)

Tim Southee continues. DOT! Du Plessis drives it firmly to covers. DOT! Played to short third man. FOUR! Charges down the ground, hits Southee over mid off. 50 Partnership! DOT! Turned to the leg side. DOT! Left outside off. FOUR! Down the track, collects the ball on the full and drives it to the long off fence. READ: Faf du Plessis and Rilee Rossouw bring up 50-run stand against New Zealand in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 semi-final

Live cricket score South Africa 77/2 | Overs 20

 Faf du Plessis 26 (54),  Rilee Rossouw 20 (35)

Daniel Vettori continues. DOT! Du Plessis guides it to third man. DOT! Driven to short cover. ONE! Good length delivery, guided away to deep cover. DOT! Played to the bowler. DOT! Rossouw tries to reverse sweep, misses it completely. DOT to finish.

Live cricket score South Africa 76/2 | Overs 19

 Faf du Plessis 25 (51),  Rilee Rossouw 20 (32)

Tim Southee is back into the attack, He hasn’t looked menacing at all today. Both batsmen have seemed to have adapted very well so far. FOUR! Full delivery, inside edge and a much needed boundary off the bat of Rossouw. Full length, negotiated well.

Live cricket score South Africa 71/2 | Overs 18

 Faf du Plessis 24 (48),  Rilee Rossouw 16 (29)

FIVE WIDES! Vettori drifts way down leg. DOT! On leg stump, defended. ONE! Full delivery, played to covers. ONE! Played to leg. 7 runs from that over.

Live cricket score South Africa 64/2 | Overs 17

 Faf du Plessis 23 (47),  Rilee Rossouw 15 (24)

WIDE! Short delivery, outside leg, rightly called a wide.  ONE! Short ball, pulled away to square leg, soft hands from du Plessis. DOT! Played down to mid on. DOT! Played to mid-wicket. DOT! Full delivery played to covers. ONE! Quick single down to mid off to finish.

Live cricket score South Africa 61/2 | Overs 16

 Faf du Plessis 22 (46),  Rilee Rossouw 14 (19)

Daniel Vettori into the attack. Faf du Plessis is beaten outside off after he tries to cut a ball. ONE! Played to fine leg. DOT! Ball on leg, Rossouw plays it to short fine leg. ONE! On middle stump, guided away to deep point. DOT! Full delivery on the leg stump, du Plessis plays it to mid on. ONE to finish. READ: Trent Boult becomes highest wicket-taker for New Zealand in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 semi-final

Live cricket score South Africa 58/2 | Overs 15

 Faf du Plessis 20 (42),  Rilee Rossouw 13 (17)

Matt Henry again. ONE! On the pads and Faf du Plessis plays it to deep square leg. DOT! Full delivery, played well. ONE! Played to deep point off the back foot by Rossouw. ONE! Full delivery, played to fine leg. DOT! Ball outside off, driven to mid on. DOT! Played to mid off.

Live cricket score South Africa 55/2 | Overs 14

 Faf du Plessis 18 (40),  Rilee Rossouw 12 (13)

Trent Boult continues. THREE! Shortish delivery, Played towards deep square leg, Daniel Vettori saves a boundary. THREE! Short ball, played towards deep mid-wicket, Vettori saves a boundary again. FOUR! Driven straight to the long on fence. Beautifully played. 50 up for South Africa. ONE! Short delivery, pulled to fine leg. DOT! Around the wicket, played to square leg. ONE! Played on the backfoot on the off side. 12 from that over.

Live cricket score South Africa 43/2 | Overs 13

 Faf du Plessis 14 (37),  Rilee Rossouw 4 (10)

Matt Henry continues. He starts off with three excellent deliveries, no runs. DOT! Played to mid off. DOT! Full delivery, played back to the bowler, ricochets off him and goes to mid off. DOT! Full delivery to finish. MAIDEN!


 


 

Live cricket score South Africa 43/2 | Overs 12

 Faf du Plessis 14 (31),  Rilee Rossouw 4 (10)

Trent Boult runs in with five slips. Rilee Rossouw, plays a delivery on good length safely. DOT! Full delivery on off and middle, played to mid on. DOT! Played on the off side. DOT! Rossouw drives, straight to gully.THREE!  In swinging yorker, dug out and played to the long off boundary. ONE! Played to fine leg.

Live cricket score South Africa 39/2 | Overs 11

 Faf du Plessis 13 (30),  Rilee Rossouw 1 (5)

Matt Henry continues. DOT! good length delivery surprises du Plessis with the bounce. DOT! Du Plessis plays it on the off side. DOT! Left alone outside off, close to the off stump. DOT! left alone outside off. DOT! Firmly driven down the ground, stopped well by Grant Elliott. DOT! beaten well outside off. MAIDEN!

Live cricket score South Africa 39/2 | Overs 10

 Faf du Plessis 13 (24),  Rilee Rossouw 1 (5)

Boult again. Starts with two excellent deliveries to Faf du Plessis and they are DOTS! DOT! Around the wicket, good length delivery played on the off side. FOUR! Ball outside off, guided past second slip for a boundary by du Plessis. DOT! Driven to mid off. ONE! Played down to third man.

Live cricket score South Africa 34/2 | Overs 9

 Faf du Plessis 8 (18),  Rilee Rossouw 1 (5)

Matt Henry set to bowl is first delivery of the World Cup. ONE! Du Plessis turns it to square leg. ONE! Rilee Rossouw is off the mark playing the ball gently on the off side. ONE! Du Plessis plays it to short mid-on, scampers for a quick single, a direct hit would have had him. DOT! Played back to the bowler. DOT! Ball on middle and leg, played away safely. DOT! Flashed outside off, straight to mid off.

Live cricket score South Africa 31/2 | Overs 8

 Faf du Plessis 6 (16),  Rilee Rossouw 0 (1)

Trent Boult again. DOT! Inside edge on to the pads. DOT! Played to square leg. ONE! Played towards slips. DOT! Full delivery, played well. OUT! De Kock charges down the track, flashes but finds  the outside edge goes straight to the man at third man. DOT! Beaten outside off. READ: Quinton de Kock dismissed for 14 by Trent Boult against New Zealand in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 semi-final

Quinton de Kock 14 (17) c Southee b Boult

Live cricket score South Africa 30/1 | Overs 7

Quinton de Kock 14 (15), Faf du Plessis 5 (13)

Tim Southee continues. Quinton de Kock plays a defensive short off the back foot. WIDE! Full delivery outside leg. DOT! Played to short mid-wicket. ONE! Short delivery played towards deep square leg. DOT! Du Plessis pushes at a ball outside off on good length. DOT! Full delivery outside off, driven straight back to Southee. The crowd slowly building up for the match. ONE! Played towards the vacant square area on leg.

Live cricket score South Africa 27/1 | Overs 6

Quniton de Kock 13 (12), Faf du Plessis 4 (10)

DOT! De Kock is beaten by pace, ball wraps him on the pads and goes to the slip cordon. ONE! Outside off, turned away to deep square leg. DOT! Left outside off by du Plessis. DOT! Played to square leg. DOT! Full delivery outside off, left alone. DOT! Left alone, again.

Live cricket score South Africa 26/1 | Overs 5

Quniton de Kock 12 (10), Faf du Plessis 4 (6)

Tim Southee again. DOT! De Kock defends it well. ONE! Good length on leg stump, played towards fine leg. DOT! Left outside off. DOT! Nicely played. DOT! Left alone outside off, again. DOT! Same delivery, same result.

Live cricket score South Africa 25/1 | Overs 4

Quniton de Kock 11 (8), Faf du Plessis 4 (2)

Trent Boult continues. DOT! De Kock is beaten comprehensively outside off. ONE! Straight delivery, played to deep square leg. DOT! Short ball, ducked well by Amla. OUT! Amla plays one on to his stumps, New Zealand strike early! Faf du Plessis is the new batsman. DOT! leaves outside off. FOUR! Inswings yorker on leg, timed well and the ball speeds to the square leg fence. READ: Hashim Amla dismissed for 10 by Trent Boult against New Zealand in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 semi-final

Hashim Amla  b Boult 10 (14)


 

 


 


Live cricket score South Africa 20/0 | Overs 3

Hashim Amla 10 (12) , Quniton de Kock 10 (6)

Tim Sothee continues. DOT to start. TWO! Amla pulls and falls short of Boult running in from fine leg. DOT! Left alone outside off. DOT! Amla tries to leave the ball alone, takes edge and falls short of second slip. FOUR! Full delivery bang on leg stump, Amla turns it around the corner. FOUR! Ball on middle and leg, clipped by Amla to square leg.

Live cricket score South Africa 10/0 | Overs 2

Hashim Amla 0 (6) , Quniton de Kock 10 (6)

Trent Boult into the attack. Ball slips out of the hand. Dead ball. DOT! Quinton de Kock beaten outside off. Excellent start. FOUR! Edged, goes past second slip, South Africa get their first boundary. Moral victory for the bowler. DOT! Excellent swing, de Kock leaves it alone. TWO! Full delivery outside off, nicely carved away square of the wicket on the off side. FOUR! Edge and dropped by Ronchi. Ball goes between him and first slip. Big chance for Zew Zealand. DOT to finish.

Live cricket score South Africa 0/0 | Overs 1

Hashim Amla 0 (6) , Quniton de Kock 0 (0)

We’re underway at Auckland. Tim Southee to begin proceedings, Hashim Amla takes strike. DOT! Amla fends it away. DOT! Left alone outside off. DOT! A touch of movement from Southee as Amla leaves the ball alone yet again. DOT! Full delivery outside off, driven firmly by Amla, well fielded in the covers. DOT! Full on middle stump, defended by Amla. DOT! Maiden to begin.

Playing XI:

New Zealand: Brendon McCullum(c), Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Grant Elliott, Corey Anderson, Luke Ronchi(wk), Daniel Vettori, Tim Southee, Matt Henry, Trent Boult.

South Africa: AB de Villiers(c), Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock(wk), Faf du Plessis, Rilee Rossouw, David Miller, JP Duminy, Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir

TOSS: South Africa have won the toss and elected to bat first. South Africa have drafted in Vernon Philander in place of Kyle Abbott. New Zealand have roped in Matt Henry in place of Adam Milne. Milne was ruled out of the World Cup due to a heel injury,

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live blog of the first semi-final match in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 between co-hosts New Zealand and South Africa, at Auckland on Tuesday. This is Pramod Ananth, and I will be bringing you the over-by-over updates from the match. New Zealand vs South Africa ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, Semi-Final 1: Preview

Co-hosts New Zealand take on South Africa in the first semi-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 at Auckland. New Zealand have not lost a single game in the tournament so far, whereas, South Africa have been dominant in most of their games, with shaky performances against India and Pakistan costing them the match. LIVE SCORECARD: New Zealand vs South Africa, Semi-Final 1 at Auckland

Both New Zealand and South Africa will go into the semi-final clash full of confidence after their thumping wins over West Indies and Sri Lanka respectively. Marin Guptill’s unbeaten 237 against West Indies in a crunch game would have given him and the team a lot of confidence. New Zealand however suffered a setback after their fast bowler Adam Milne had been ruled out of the World Cup yesterday. Matt Henry has been named as his replacement. Whether or not he plays the all important game against South Africa is not known yet. READ: Brendon McCullum’s unique appeal to NZ cricket fans ahead of semi-final against SA

South Africa’s nine-wicket victory against Sri Lanka was the first knockout game they’ve ever won in a knockout stage of a World Cup. This will be New Zealand’s seventh World Cup semi-finals and a win today will take them to the final of the mega event for the first time in their history. It’s set to be an exciting contest at Eden Park.  Both teams are coming off the back off a morale-boosting wins in the quarter-final. It will be extremely disappointing for the losing team after coming this far in the competition. READ: ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, NZ vs SA: 10 match facts you must know

Squads

New Zealand: Brendon McCullum (c & wk), Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Grant Elliott, Corey Anderson, Luke Ronchi, Daniel Vettori, Tim Southee, Matt Henry, Trent Boult, Kyle Mills, Nathan McCullum, Tom Latham, Mitchell McClenaghan

South Africa: AB de Villiers (c), Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (wk), Faf du Plessis, Rilee Rossouw, David Miller, Jean-Paul Duminy, Dale Steyn, Kyle Abbott, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir, Vernon Philander, Farhaan Behardien, Aaron Phangiso, Wayne Parnell

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