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Brendon McCullum is dreaming of unprecedented World joy

Brendon McCullum insists he and his New Zealand team are enjoying "the greatest time of our lives" after a thrilling four-wicket win against South Africa in Auckland saw them reach their first ever World Cup final.

Grant Elliott (84 not out) hit a six off the penultimate ball of the match at Eden Park to wrap up victory for the Black Caps, having been set 298 to win via the Duckworth-Lewis method after South Africa amassed 281 for five from their 43 overs following a two-hour rain interruption.

New Zealand will face either fellow co-hosts Australia or defending champions India in Sunday's final in Melbourne but, win or lose, McCullum says he and his team-mates have enjoyed themselves immensely during the last six weeks.

"I've said it time and time again, it's the greatest time of our lives as players," said McCullum, who scored 59 from just 26 balls to give the Kiwis a promising start.

"We're enjoying the experience. It's been an incredible ride all the way through the tournament.

"The crowds we've had turn up in New Zealand and support this team and the brand of cricket we're trying to play has been phenomenal, so I hope they're all dreaming as much as we are.

"We've got a huge occasion in a few days' time. It'd be nice to win it."

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