Auckland: The hashtag #Chokers became a trending topic on Twitter, as South Africa relived the tag losing their World Cup semi-final bout against New Zealand at Eden Park here on Tuesday.
South Africa fought hard but could not just outdo a resilient Black Caps side who won the thrilling encounter with a ball and four wickets to spare.
South Africa's David Miller (centre) embraces teammates Rilee Rossouw (left) and JP Duminy following their four-wicket loss to New Zealand in their World Cup semifinal in Auckland, New Zealand, on Tuesday. Pic/AP/PTI
Chasing a revised target of 298 from 43 overs, determined by the Duckworth-Lewis system in the rain-affected match, New Zealand got over the line primarily due to the efforts of middle-order batsman Grant Elliot (84 not out), who bludgeoned pacer Dale Steyn into the stands for a six to seal the victory.
Though it was an outstanding Proteas side who bowed out of the tournament, the South Africans also dropped a crucial catch offered by Elliot in the penultimate over as J.P. Duminy and substitute fielder Farhaan Behardien almost collided in the deep.
Wicket keeper Quinton de Kock and speed merchant Steyn then missed a run-out opportunity in the last over.
As the match got over, the chokers tag began trending at the fourth spot on Twitter.
On several occasions during their previous World Cup appearances spread over 23 years, South Africa have caved in under pressure at the knockout stage after giving a very good account of themselves in group matches.
The top trending topic was also about the game, #NZvSA.