New Zealand and South Africa's semi-final match was a match keenly watched by both sides: neither had ever made a World Cup final previously, and this was New Zealand's seventh semi-final.
With South Africa's reputation for choking, and New Zealand having the benefit of playing at home, it might have surprised some when the TAB picked South Africa as their favourites.
This choice seemed legitimate down to the final seconds of the match - until, in a move that no one could have anticipated, New Zealand made good, and are now on their way to the final.
Ahead of the match, Black Caps' coach Mike Hesson said it best: "Two sides are playing good cricket, and it's going to be a heck of a show."
Spirits and hopes remained high, though as the second innings wore on, New Zealand fans grew increasingly tense, particularly after the reasonably early losses of Brendon McCullum, Kane Williamson and Martin Guptill.
Eden Park has stopped serving beers.. That won't help the nerves. NZ 174 for 4.— Veitchy on Sport (@veitchynz) March 24, 2015
As late as three quarters of the way through the match, the outcome remained uncertain, though South African fans remained optimistic.
10 overs left. Many, many words still to be written. 85 runs separates these teams. Been a semi for the ages so far. #cwc15— Firdose Moonda (@FirdoseM) March 24, 2015
AB THE BATSMAN. AB THE BOWLER. AB THE KEEPER. AB THE FIELDER. AB THE CAPTAIN. AB THE LEGEND. GIVE HIM THE CUP ALREADY. DAMN IT!! #NZvsSA— MANI (@M4NIII) March 24, 2015
Despite a nail-biting finish, with no obvious winner in sight...
I just texted my mother to ask if she's hiding in the kitchen, which is what she does when sport is stressful. She is. #CricketWorldCup— Megan Whelan (@meganjwhelan) March 24, 2015
...Grant Elliott sent the ball flying high over midwicket, giving New Zealand a win by four wickets - and a ball to spare.
While South Africa dries its eyes...
To Proteas, you are nothing but Winners in my eyes, and I am positive the whole nation agrees ! @OfficialCSA— RSA Min of Sport (@MbalulaFikile) March 24, 2015
...New Zealand breathes a collective sigh of relief, and goes about celebrating - even if it is a Tuesday night.
First reactions from around the world
AB de Villiers leaves us with a few words:
"Amazing game of cricket. Probably the most electric crowd I have ever heard in my life. I guess the best team has come out on top. We gave it our best. No regrets. We left it all out there. It is hurting. It is going to take a while to recover."
And McCullum can hardly contain his excitement for what has been an amazing match:
"These boys, I am so proud of them. A lesser team would have laid down today. To see Grant come in and be as calm as he was... we've given ourselves a chance of the big prize. Credit to South Africa, they gave as good as they got. I feel for them at the moment. But our boys were outstanding."
Finally, some strong words from an Australian critic:
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