ICC World Cup 2019, Kane Williamson Ton helped New Zealand beat South Africa. Kiwis are now most likely to qualify while they have almost ended South Africa campaign
Finally, after some one sided encounters, ICC World Cup 2019 is back with a thriller. The Proteas continues to choke, while New Zealand remains unbeaten after their five matches.
Let’s have a brief account of the match as it passed by
Slow but a decent start
New Zealand skipper won the toss and elected to field first. Trent Boult removed the inform Quinton de Kock and backed his skipper’s decision. The Proteas skipper Faf du Plessis joined Hashim Amla but couldn’t last long as the 34-year-old was clean bowled by Lokie Ferguson after they had shared 50 runs among them.
Aiden Markram and Hashim Amla both became over defensive as South Africa had just 111 in their account at the end of 28th over. Hashim Amla registered his fifty but the momentum was totally with black caps.
Dussen helped Africans to a fighting total
It seemed like a plan for South Africa to save their wickets in first half and then attack in the other half. But nothing happened as per their plan. After a slow start, Van der Dussen and David Miller started to add some quick runs to the scoreboard but that’s never going to be enough.
At the death, Kiwis refused to give away any run while the chokers struggled to survive. Finally, at the end of their quota the scoreboard looked decent and South Africa had something to fight with.
— ICC (@ICC) June 19, 2019
South African bowlers brought them back in the game
With the bowling attack the team has, it was sure for South African to give some fight. They started off well with the ball, as Kagiso Rabada removed Colin Munro while Martin Guptill hits wicket to get out in unusual fashion.
Wickets kept on falling as Chris Morris send Ross Taylor, Tom Latham and finally Jimmy Neesham back to the pavilion as the Kiwis were reduced to 137 for 5. The match was all set for a nail-biting finish.
Kane Williamson ton and New Zealand beat South Africa
While wickets were falling at the other end, Kane Williamson refused to give up. The 28-year-old stood like a wall at the other end and finally the skipper found perfect partner to continue with. Colin Grandhomme arrived at crease and took the opposition on charge.
Both of them shared 91 amongst themselves which changed while course of the game. As usual, Proteas failed to hold their nerves as they did in semis of the last year World Cup. Chances were threwed at them, but they failed to convert any of those.
— ICC (@ICC) June 19, 2019
Finally, Colin de Grandhomme was sent back to pavilion but the game was over till then. Skipper Kane Williamson brings his twelfth century in style and remains unbeaten to help New Zealand remain unbeaten in this tournament.
South Africa 241-6(49)
Rassie Van der Dussen 67(64)
Hashim Amla 55(83)
Lokie Ferguson 3/59(10)
New Zealand 245-6(48.3)
Kane Williamson 106*(138)
Colin de Grandhomme 60(47)
Chris Morris 3/49(10)
New Zealand beat South Africa by 4 wickets with 3 balls to spare.