March 24, 2020 marks the five-year anniversary of New Zealand's astounding victory against South Africa to enter the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 final. Many fans remember the emotional ending of this match where a lot of South African players broke down as their World Cup dreams were crushed yet again at the knockouts stage. Grant Elliott hit a six on the penultimate ball of Dale Steyn's over and got the Kiwis to victory.
The rain-curtailed match saw New Zealand finally needing 12 runs to win in a crucial final over against the steamrolling Dale Steyn. As Steyn ran in to bowl the 43rd over, the experienced Daniel Vettori faced him. The first ball beat Vettori but Grant Elliott knew that there was no time to waste and the batsman snuck in a quick bye. The next ball was another single that bought Vettori back on strike. The third ball saw Daniel Vettori slicing bravely to earn a four for his country. The fourth ball was as crucial as it got and Steyn came in with the bouncer. Vettori missed the pull but Grant Elliott was quick to sneak in another single and get on strike.
New Zealand needed 5 to win and four to tie with two balls to go and Grant Elliott was on strike. Dale Steyn bowled a length ball and Elliott smashed it over long on to squash the Proteas' dream and help the Kiwis march into the World Cup final. The Grant Elliott six knocked the spirits out of the South Africans and some historic images emerged as the Kiwis tried to console the grieving South Africans. Here is the footage of the Grant Elliott six and the remaining over of the historic match.
Final over...— ICC (@ICC) March 24, 2020
Runs needed ▶ 12
Bowler ▶ Dale Steyn
Then, Grant Elliot did THIS 💥 pic.twitter.com/rTCAFCEhF9
Legendary Proteas pacer Dale Steyn announced his retirement from Test cricket in 2019. Steyn made this decision so that he could focus on white-ball cricket. If IPL 2020 happens, Steyn will be joining the Royal Challengers Bangalore.