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Summary

  1. New Zealand reach first World Cup final
  2. Grant Elliott 84 not out - wins it with a six
  3. NZ 299-6 from 42.5 overs (D/L adjusted)
  4. SA 281-5: Du Plessis 82, De Villiers 65*
  5. Rain reduced match to 43 overs per side
  6. Winners to play Australia or India

Live Reporting

By Mark Mitchener and Phil Dawkes

All times stated are UK

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And that is where we're going to leave it. Fourteen teams have been reduced to three, and after six failed attempts, co-hosts New Zealand have finally reached their first World Cup final. You can already read

Stephan Shemilt's match report on the BBC Sport website.,

It ends there for South Africa - but not for the tournament. It's over to Sydney on Thursday where Australia and India meet for the right to play NZ in the final. Play gets under way at 03:30 GMT - so set your alarm clock and make sure you join us on the live text from 03:00.

That's it from us. New Zealand have their dream final, and South Africa, I think, can hold their heads high after a superb game. Goodbye for now.

Review of the day - part two

Captain Brendon McCullum, as he does so often, gave New Zealand impetus with a characteristically pugnacious 59 from 26 balls. Their hopes eventually rested with a century stand from Grant Elliott and Corey Anderson.

While Anderson holed out for 58, Elliott - who was born in Johannesburg and learned his cricket in South Africa before moving to New Zealand - saw the Black Caps home with an unbeaten 84 from 73 balls.

In a thrilling finish, Elliott launched Dale Steyn, the world's premier fast bowler, for six into the stand from the penultimate ball of the match to book their place in Sunday's final, leaving a couple of South Africa players in tears.

Brendon McCullum
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BBC Radio 5 live

Former All Blacks hooker and captain Sean Fitzpatrick on BBC Radio 5 Live: "It was fantastic. The whole of New Zealand has got behind the cricket team and I think as AB de Villiers said post match, it was the most electric atmosphere.

"The whole World Cup has been fantastic. Brendon McCullum has turned this team around from four years ago. They have come out and played a brand of cricket that is being enjoyed all over the world.

"They have stayed under then radar a bit, had a good build-up but have come in and delivered. Players like McCullum, Daniel Vettori and Ross Taylor are just phenomenal. They are amazing to watch."

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Former South Africa all-rounder Jacques Kallis: What a great game of cricket. SA did not lose that game. NZ won it. Well played NZ. And to the Proteas you can be proud of your campaign.

Review of the day - part one

It all began just under 10 hours ago when South Africa walked out to bat after winning the toss. Trent Boult struck twice early on, but Faf du Plessis (82), Rilee Rossouw (39) and AB de Villiers (65 not out) took the Proteas to 216-3 from 38 overs when the rain came - which reduced the game to 43 overs per side.

David Miller then took the initiative with 49 from 18 balls to help SA post 281-5 - with New Zealand being set an adjusted target of 298 from 43 overs via the Duckworth-Lewis method.

Faf du Plessis
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Kevin Pietersen

Ex-England batsman

On Twitter: "South Africa DID NOT CHOKE. They got beaten by a better team today. AB led the team wonderfully well. But, well done NZ. See you in Sydney."

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Khalil Ismail: AB de Villiers: "We play to make a difference in our country back home." South Africans should be proud, words of a true leader.

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Former Australia spinner Shane Warne: What a game of cricket in New Zealand. Please hold your heads high South Africa, you've done everyone proud as you gave it absolutely everything. Congratulations to the NZ team who were outstanding in their run chase. NZ held their nerve and are through to their first World Cup final.

Brendon McCullum and Morne Morkel
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Earlier today, prompted by the TMS panel discussion during the rain break, we were asking you what rule changes you would like to see made to one-day international cricket.

On reflection, the rules of a game which produces a finish like we've just had... can't be THAT badly wrong, surely?

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Nkain84: What a game of cricket, can only dream of England playing like that!

Andy Donley: 50 over cricket is so much better than Twenty20 for me. Tension like that wouldn't be created in a 40-over game.

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Mark Pettman, trying to concentrate in the City: What a game. But three missed run-outs and a dropped catch will haunt South Africa for years.

Wayne, UAE: South Africa choosing to bat first knowing there were high probability risks of poor weather impacting the first innings resulting in reduced overs was a stupid decision.

Imran Tahir comforts Morne Morkel
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Player reaction

More from NZ all-rounder Corey Anderson on Sky Sports: "Everyone in the team knows they have got a job to do. Although we've got through, we still have not achieved what we want to and that's win the World Cup.

"We've been trying to play with smiles on our faces and please the people of New Zealand. They have fallen in love with the team and hopefully we can go out on Sunday and put in a good performance.

"It's going to be the first time for a lot of us to play at the MCG, it's going to be the biggest event that we've ever played in. The crowd will not be like it's been here if Australia go through. Their crowd will be on us, but that's something we're looking forward to."

Corey Anderson hugs Daniel Vettori
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iKopite: Hard not to tear up (in the office. at work) seeing the reactions from Morkel, ABD & Steyn. Gave it their all.

Peter: Looks like Duminy knows Behardien's catching ability. The ball shot through his hands before JP arrived.

Player reaction

New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson on Sky Sports: "It's a dream come true. There have been a lot of teams trying very hard for New Zealand to try to get to the final and we're lucky enough to be the team to do it.

"Brendon (McCullum) is massive for us. He teed off and put us ahead of that run rate, and they struggled to come back after that. That's what he has been doing all tournament and he's very good at it. Even though he got 50, it would be nice for him if he gets a big score on Sunday. We could have lost a few wickets and fallen in a heap but to get 298 off 43 overs is a massive chase."

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Rob Weaver: Great game, rain spoilt the game... Dropped catches... run out missed... SA did not choke just bad luck, well played SA!

Alan Compton: Not to be 'that guy' but who is England's McCullum? England's ABDV? Cook? Morgan? Big problem.

Elsewhere in the world of cricket, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra have switched over to Abu Dhabi where it's day three of the Champion County match between MCC and Yorkshire.

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Captain's view

More from New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum: "All credit to South Africa, the way they have played has been a great advert for cricket and their country. They gave us one hell of a run.

"It's the greatest time of our lives as players. It's an incredible ride, the crowd has supported this team and the brand of cricket we have played. Hopefully they're dreaming like we are. It would be nice to win it. Both teams in the other semi-final are quality teams and we know if we play the way we can we have a chance."

Graeme Swann

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"Even De Villiers took the mantle to bowl, and you could arguably say he was one of South Africa's best bowlers. To go for 21 off three overs, at a time when New Zealand needed boundaries - he gave it absolutely everything in this game."

Captain's view

More from New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum: "It was a great advert for cricket. Everyone that was here will remember it for the rest of their lives. We have given ourselves a chance of World Cup glory and I'm proud of our efforts.

"We knew we just had to hang in there and give ourselves a chance. At the end what a great innings from Grant Elliott. He came out of the wilderness not long ago and now just played a match-winning innings in a World Cup semi-final."

Brendon McCullum
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New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor: Woohoo. Who's coming to Melbourne????

Graeme Swann

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"To be fair to South Africa, someone up there doesn't want them in a final, but their time will come - they're oozing with talent. Before that rain break, they were going to post 360-370 and that would have been too much for New Zealand. You can't talk about choking."

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Daily Mirror cricket correspondent Dean Wilson: AB de Villiers and Brendon McCullum two magnificent leaders around which their teams and countries can rally. Different class.

Man of the match

More from New Zealand batsman Grant Elliott who scored 84 not out and hit the winning six: "Hopefully, all our supporters got what they wanted. We've had two close, amazing games here now.

"We will probably have a few drinks in the changing rooms. I don't like to get too high or low - I prefer to reflect later - but it is a great moment to share with family and the team. The win is for the supporters.

"I think we left it a little too late. I can say that now even though we won it. South Africa have a world-class unit and they bowled well. We got a bit of luck but it was our day.

"The feeling in the team is that it is destined. That is how I felt. It feels like it was meant to be. The best team on the day will win the final. We have nothing to lose. Someone has to step up."

Grant Elliott (right) and Daniel Vettori (left) celebrate in front of South Africa's Dale Steyn
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Graeme Swann

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"I honestly thought South Africa had done enough with three or four overs to go, but Grant Elliott stayed so calm out there. You have to feel sorry for Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel, great professionals who gave it everything out there, but hats off to New Zealand."

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Kristin Carmichael: Notice there was no sledging, aggro or nastiness? They just got on with it, played cricket & gave us a game to be remembered!

A very good point, Kristin. It can be done.

South Africa have entertained - but fallen short. Thoughts now turn to those who might not be around at the next tournament in four years' time. Dale Steyn, for instance, will turn 36 in the summer of 2019, will he manage to get his battered body through another four years of international cricket between now and then? Hashim Amla will be 36. De Villiers 35, Morne Morkel 34. And Imran Tahir, who will be 36 on Friday, will be 40 by the time the next World Cup comes around.

Imran Tahir (centre) in tears
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Captain's view

More from South Africa captain AB de Villiers: "It was an amazing game. I couldn't ask for anything more. We're hurting over this. We play for the people back home, hopefully the passion we showed made a difference and that people can still be proud of us, even though we have lost tonight.

"There have been some wonderful performances. We had a wonderful thing going. We are a unit, but the unit came unstuck today. There have been very good individual performances throughout the tournament. To the teams in the final, all the best for whoever wins."

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Australia head coach Darren Lehmann: Congrats @NZcricket1 and congrats @BrendanMcCullum and team, loved the ANZAC spirit, well done to Grant Elliott!

Ex-New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming: What an unbelievable game. So proud of the @BLACKCAPS and what they have achieved. Also feel the raw pain of @OfficialCSA on an amazing day.

Captain's view

South Africa captain AB de Villiers on TMS: "It is really painful. We have no regrets. We left it all out on the field. We had opportunities and it will take us a long time to get over this. All the best to New Zealand today. They played a great game. I was happy with the total, we had chances in the field and didn't take them and came undone against a team who played better cricket.

"It was an electric vibe tonight and probably the best crowd I've ever played in front of. We go away with sore hearts."

AB de Villiers
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Ashley Graham: Sport is a difficult mistress at times like this but what a finale. Both teams deserve to be in the final really.

Ilyas Najib: 1992, 2003, and now 2015, South Africa, rain and World Cups just don't mix.

Spare a thought for captain AB de Villiers, being lined up for yet another post-match interview when he must feel like hell, or JP Duminy, who may well replay that crucial dropped catch - when he cannoned into Farhaan Behardien who seemed to have it covered - thousands of times before he goes to sleep tonight. If he can sleep.

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Here's some reaction from other players who've played at this World Cup:

Sri Lanka batsman Mahela Jayawardene: What a semi final! I feel for the SA boys. Well done to NZ.

Australia batsman Steve Smith: Amazing game of cricket!!! Well done New Zealand.

England seamer Chris Woakes: Proper game of cricket!! So good to see one of the good guys @grantelliottnz see NZ home. Well done New Zealand!

New Zealand now doing a lap of honour around Eden Park. After eight game on home soil, they must now cross the Tasman Sea - aka "The Ditch" - to the cavernous MCG, where they will play Australia or India on Sunday.

Captain's view

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum on TMS: "These boys, I am so proud of them. A lesser team would have laid down today. To see Grant come in and be as calm as he was... we've given ourselves a chance of the big prize. Credit to South Africa, they gave as good as they got. I feel for them at the moment. But out boys were outstanding. And it was a great semi-final.

"It was important we created a run-rate early on. But it all pales in comparison to that innings from Grant. We've got one shot at glory now and we look forward to Melbourne."

Brendon McCullum
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Alan Simon: Great win by NZ but South Africa would've been out of sight had it not been for the rain break. Big slice of luck for the Kiwis.

Ashley Wells: If that were England, we'd have lost by 150 runs and then claimed we were making progress.

Man of the match

New Zealand's Grant Elliott: "It is great. I don't think this win is for myself, or the team, it is for everyone here. The support has been amazing.

"We just wanted to take it as deep as we could. Corey (Anderson) batted well and we timed the innings to perfection. When you have 40,000 fans screaming at you every ball, it has been an absolute pleasure playing at Eden Park and playing in front of the home crowd.

"We have had a good run, this is the first final we have been in and we will approach it as any other match."

Grant Elliott
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Man of the match

New Zealand batsman Grant Elliott, who made an unbeaten 84 from 73 balls and hit the winning runs, is handed the man-of-the-match award by the unmistakeable figure of Windies legend Clive Lloyd. We'll hear from him shortly.