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Elliott dedicates win to long-suffering fans

Elliott dedicates win to long-suffering fans
Elliott, who turned 36 at the weekend, hit a six off the penultimate ball to take New Zealand into Sunday’s final in Melbourne where they will face either Australia or defending champions India.
“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,” said Elliott, who smashed Dale Steyn into the stands for the match-clinching six.

“We just wanted to take it as deep as we could. Corey Anderson (58) 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,” he said.

Skipper Brendon McCullum made a 26-ball 59 to also help the Black Caps to their rain-adjusted target of 298 after South Africa had made 281 for five batting first in a match reduced to 43 overs per side. For South Africa, Faf du Plessis made 82, captain AB de Villiers was not out 65, while David Miller smashed an 18-ball 49.
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