New Zealand, who have lost all their six previous WC semi-final matches are unbeaten in the tournament so far. South Africa, on the other hand, won their first knockout match in a World Cup beating Sri Lanka in the quarters.
It has started to rain in Auckland ans the umpires have decided to stop the match for now.
Du Plessis, AB de Villiers complete 100-run stand for the fourth wicket. SA 216/3
Four runs. That was just brilliant from AB de Villiers.
End of over 37: South Africa 204/3 vs New Zealand.
AB de Villiers plays it in the air but it falls between three fielders. Looks like its his day today.
200 up for South Africa in 36.1 overs.
New Zealand will have to pay for missing out on two occassions to dismiss AB de Villiers.
Four more. AB is having fun now. Completes his fifty.
Four runs. This time he plays it to deep extra cover.
SIX! AB hits Corey Anderson over long on.
Tough chance, dropped. Kane Williamson misses the catch of AB de Villiers.
Four runs. Again it’s AB de Villiers. SA 184/3 in 35 overs.
End of over 34: South Africa 175/3
End of over 33: SA 162/3
Four runs. Straight down the ground from AB.
Four more from De Villiers. He is now on 19.
Four more. Cracking shot from Du Plessis.
Vettori to du Plessis, four runs to third man
End of over 31: South Africa 140/3
SIX! That’s a massive hit from Faf.
Fifty up for Faf du Plessis.
Dot ball followed by a double to deep midwicket.
Matt Henry comes in to bowl his second spell. He has been impressive so far.
End of over 30: South Africa 125/3 vs New Zealand.
OUT! Rossouw is gone for 29. Guptill takes the catch off Corey Anderson. SA 114/3 in 26.1 overs.
End of over 25: South Africa 108/2 vs New Zealand.
100 up for South Africa. The run rate is just above four runs but South Africa have got a platform.
End of over 24: South Africa 99/2
Kane Williamson comes in to bowl as the fifth bowler.
Four more. Again straight down the ground from Faf du Plessis. SA 85/2 in 21 overs.
Du Plessis plays it straight down the ground for four runs and complete 50-run stand. SA 81/2 in 20.4 overs.
The partnership between Faf du Plessis and Rilee Rossouw has given South Africa some stability after they lost their openers cheaply against Trent Boult. The runs are not coming easily but what Proteas need right now is not to lose a wicket here.
End of over 20: South Africa 77/2.
Seven runs came from the over. End of over 18: SA 71/2
Vettori starts the new over. 5 wides.
Daniel Vettori comes in to bowl his first over.
South Africa 58/2 in 15 overs.
Another good over from Henry. Just three runs came off it. His figures so far: 4-2-6-0
Matt Henry is bowling his fourth over. Two runs from first three balls.
12 runs came from Bolult’s over. End of over 14: SA 55/2
Four runs. Cracking shot by Rilee Rossouw to long on.
Two back to back tripples from first two balls fo the over.
Trent Boult comes in to bowl the seventh over.
End of over 13: South Africa 43/2
McCullum has been very aggressive in his approach today.
There are five slips on for Trent Boult. Unbelievable.
End of over 11: SA 39/2.
End of over 2: South Africa 39/2 vs New Zealand.
Three dot balls followed by a boundary to third man.
Trent Boult continues to bowl from the other end. He now has 20 wickets in the tournament so far.
Just three runs came from Matt Henry’s first over. End of over 9: SA 34/2
OUT! Quinton de Kock is gone for 14. Tim Southee takes the catch off Trent Boult. South Africa in trouble.
The runs have almost stopped coming. Just two runs came from the seventh over bowled by Tim Southee. SA 30/1 in 7 overs.
Four more dot balls from Trent Boult to end the over. Just one run from the over. Boult is making the most out of this wicket. SA 27/1 in 6 overs.
Trent Boult starts the new over. Dot ball followed by a single.
Just one run came from the over. SA 26/1 after 5 overs.
Tim Southee comes in to bowl the next over.
OUT! Hashim Amla bowled by Trent Boult for 10. He was beaten by the pace. SA 21/1 in 3.4 overs.
Four more. Superb timing from Amla. End of over 3: SA 20/0
Four runs. Amla plays it to fine leg boundary.
Southee starts the new over.
End of over 2: South Africa 10/0.
Edge and dropped. Luke Ronchi misses a tough chance. Brilliant bowling from Boult.
Another dot followed by a double.
Quick delivery, outside edge goes past slip fielders to third-man boundary for four runs.
Trent Boult, the leading wicket-taker so far in WC 2015 starts the second over. De Kock is on strike. Good shape.
Good start. Tim Southee keeps it tight in the first over. SA 0/0 after 1 over.
Southee starts the over with four dot balls to Amla.
Tim Southee is opening the bowling for New Zealand.
It’s play time. Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock are out in the middle to open the batting for South Africa.
Vernon Philander comes in for Kyle Abbott in South Africa’s squad while Matt Henry replaces the injured Adam Milne in the New Zealand’s team.
South Africa have won the toss and have opted to bat against New Zealand in the first semi-final.
The toss is in few minutes. Stay tuned!
South Africa, on the other hand, won their first knockout match in a World Cup beating Sri Lanka in the quarters.
New Zealand, who have lost all their six previous WC semi-final matches are unbeaten in the tournament so far.
New Zealand will take on South Africa at the Eden Park, Auckland in the first semi-final as both the teams look to book a place in a World Cup final for the first time.
Hello, and welcome to the live updates of the first semi-final of the ICC World Cup 2015 played between New Zealand and South Africa at the Eden Park, Auckland.