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Elliott helps new zealand world cup 2015 final 491 views
New Zealand won by 4 wickets
New Zealand 299 for 6 in 42.5 overs (Elliott 84 *, McCullum 59, Anderson 58, Morkel 3-59) beat South Africa 281 for 5 in 43 overs (Du Plessis 82, De Villiers 65 *, Miller 49)
Amid scenes of rare passion by the New Zealand style you've never seen a cricket match Grant Elliott played the entries in his life for his adopted country in the final of the World Cup 2015 against the land of his birth. With five needed from two balls but actually four because a draw would have been enough for New Zealand due to them finishing top in their group Elliott took a Dale Steyn injured over half of envelope to ensure the adventure of New Zealand would extend to the final to Melbourne.
Grant Elliott is the Best Player of the Match for his unbeaten 84 runs innings
It was a stunning game at all but the end was something spectacular. The quarterfinals have regretted for not providing a hard fought competition. This however was an epic. It would also be historical in any case none of the parts previously reaching a World Cup final 2015 but while all pointed to a tight match that wasn't guaranteed. How delivered as New Zealand on the back of a fierce assault by Brendon McCullum were driven to a position of authority by a stand of 103 between Elliott and Corey Anderson who played another vital part in this tournament but should have been persuaded in 33.
It was reduced to 46 out needed 31 balls when Anderson top edge very high into the night sky and dangerously near the spidercam cables that would have a dead ball. Lucas Ronchi then chose deep leg square leave needed 29 from 17 balls and Daniel Vettori in what probably will be his final international look joined Elliott.
Then became the 12th of the last over after Elliott was given a life on the last ball of the penultimate over when upper the edge to Deep Square leg where collided Farhaan Behardien and JP Duminy. A goodbye unchecked the first ball of the last Manager but then Elliott lost the strike again. He expected however. Steyn limped with what appeared to be a calf injury. He had treatment and accused en. Vettori squeezed a boundary behind square off. Then another Goodbye as New Zealand showed great awareness before final crowning when Elliott to implement a non-edible seal a campaign extraordinary House for the co hosts.
South Africa players fell to their knees the emotions on full display. Some didn't budge from their positions of the gardens for a few moments. Elliott offered a consoling hand for Steyn, as Andrew Flintoff had made to Brett Lee at Edgbaston in 2005. The New Zealand players charged in the field open led by the captain who had unleashed the prosecution demanding 298 with a blistering display.
Only a total greater had been pursued with success for this reason in ODIs, but six extensions of McCullum once the party had cut back to 43 overs by rain changed completely the complexion. McCullum has shattered the attacks earlier in this tournament but given the opportunity and the players in front of him almost defied belief. Fourth ball driving Steyn in the ascending envelope cover for six then helped bring out 18 more than Vernon Philander first. But it was in the third from Steyn hit from McCullum was really crazy as he drilled it down the ground for six and hooked another that one takes you to a 22 ball fifty as the most cost 25.
This led to the rate required to almost siete uno a ball execution. South Africa were made to tremble but managed to stop McCullum at the last moment when Morne Morkel took in the middle of envelope. He went to a standing ovation that will endure long however unlike previous prey this was not enough for the particular result. When Kane Williamson lasted against Morkel South Africa was back in the ascendancy.
In the middle of the screen of the McCullum was easy to forget that the man at the other end had only scored 237. Martin Guptill only had faced 11 balls when McCullum fell but he and Ross Taylor constantly reconstructed entries until one of the bad habits of Taylor with surface at the worst time. He played the ball square there was hesitation both batsmen the only and Guptill kept running to the locker room. Taylor threw his head in the air.