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New Zealand make first ever World Cup final

Update : 24 Mar 2015, 03:11 AM

The co-host New Zealand have reached to final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 after beating South Africa by four wickets.

Losing six wickets in 42.5 overs, Kiwis fulfilled the target of 298 runs set by Protias in the first semi-final match of the World Cup 2015 at Auckland on Tuesday.

Earlier, South Africa scored 281/5 after 43 overs. F du Plessis scored 82, AB de Villiers 65 and DA Miller 49.

The match was reduced to 43 overs a side after rain stopped play for nearly two hours in Auckland.

South Africa won the toss and elected to bat first against the New Zealand.

Both the teams have made changes in their XI -- the Proteas prefered Vernon Philander in place of Kyle Abbott while the Kiwis brought in Matt Henry in place of Adam Milne.

New Zealand have been playing their seventh World Cup semi-final while South Africa have never reached the pinnacle in the 50-over tournament.

The winner of the match will face Australia or India in the World Cup final at Melbourne.

South Africa Team: HM Amla, Q de Kock (wk), F du Plessis, AB de Villiers (Capt), RR Rossouw, DA Miller, JP Duminy, VD Philander, DW Steyn, M Morkel and Imran Tahir

New Zealand Team: BB McCullum (Capt), MJ Guptill, KS Williamson, LRPL Taylor, GD Elliott, CJ Anderson, L Ronchi (wk), DL Vettori, MJ Henry, TG Southee and TA Boult

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