• On this Day: Elliott breaks Proteas’ hearts

    Five years ago today, the Proteas were on the wrong side of an epic World Cup semi-final as Johannesburg-born Grant Elliott stole the show.

    This match had it all – swing from Trent Boult, AB de Villiers and David Miller hitting fifth gear, rain, Duckworth-Lewis, revised totals, Brendan McCullum’s explosive batting, match swings, dropped catches and missed run-outs. Finally, a six from Elliott and heartache for the Proteas.

    The South Africans batted first and finished on 281-5 with seven overs lost due to rain. It left De Villiers on 85 off 65, with Miller one short of his 50 off just 18 balls.

    New Zealand started fast and held the upper hand until Morne Morkel bagged three – McCullum’s 59 off 26, Kane Williamson and then Corey Anderson.

    The match swayed until the South Africans missed a few chances in the outfield.

    Dale Steyn bowled the final over with the Black Caps needing 12. Needing five off two, Elliott smashed SA’s No 1 for six …


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    Wade Pretorius