NZ need 298 runs to qualify for World Cup final

Shukriya Pakistan

AUCKLAND: New Zealand require 298 runs to win against South Africa and qualify for the World Cup final on Tuesday, reports.

South Africa won the toss and chose to bat first in the semi-final of the mega event.

Proteas scored 281/5 in their 43 overs thanks to half centuries by AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis along with some powerful hitting in the death overs by David Miller.

Faf du Plessis scored 81 from 107 balls with the help of seven boundaries and a six whereas AB de Villiers remained unbeaten at 65(45) as he hit eight fours and one six as well.

Miller fell one run short of his half century as he was dismissed after scoring 49 runs from 23 balls which included six boundaries and thre massive sixes.

The match was interrupted by rain after the end of 38th over and the match was reduced to 43 overs per side. The target was then revised to 298 as per the Duckworth-Lewis (D/L) Method.

Kiwi pacer Corey Anderson took three wickets in his six overs while Trent Boult took two wickets for his team.