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New Zealand batsman Grant Elliott (R) celebrates his team’s win as South African bowler Dale Steyn (L) stands dejected. Photo: Marty Melville/AFP
New Zealand batsman Grant Elliott (R) celebrates his team’s win as South African bowler Dale Steyn (L) stands dejected. Photo: Marty Melville/AFP

World Cup 2015: New Zealand v South Africa in 5 milestones

Kiwis chase down a record knockout target as they create World Cup history

New Zealand defeated South Africa by four wickets with just one ball to spare in Tuesday’s World Cup semifinal at Eden Park in Auckland. Even as rainfall threatened to spoil their chances through a readjusted target that was higher than what South Africa had scored batting first, the Kiwis managed to pull through, thanks to a defiant inning by Grant Elliott.

Here are five milestones to remember from what was arguably the most thrilling match of the tournament:

1) New Zealand’s winning score of 299 runs against South Africa is the highest successful chase in a World Cup knockout match. The second highest is Australia’s 289 against New Zealand in the 1987 quarterfinals

2) AB de Villiers’s run tally in this World Cup stands at 471—the second highest by a South African player in a World Cup. Jacques Kallis scored 485 runs in the 2007 WC.

3) Trent Boult’s tally of 21 wickets is the most by any Kiwi in a WC. Previously, Geoff Allott held this record with 20 wickets in the 1999 WC.

4) Martin Guptill became the first Kiwi to score 500 or more runs in a single World Cup, beating Scott Styris’ 499 in the 2007 edition. He has become the eighth player from any nation to achieve this feat.

5) New Zealand made it to a World Cup final for the first time ever. This is after previously making it to the semifinals stage six times—in 1975, 1979, 1992, 1999, 2007 and 2011.

With inputs from AFP

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