BIRMINGHAM – New Zealand cruised to the highest of the desk with a incredible four-wicket win of their ICC Males’s Cricket World Cup 2019 contest in opposition to South Africa on Wednesday.
The ghosts of the 2015 World Cup semi-final as soon as once more got here to hang-out South Africa at Edgbaston as New Zealand but once more completed on the profitable aspect, chasing a goal of 242.
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson performed one of many nice World Cup innings to steer his aspect to a tense four-wicket victory. Needing eight to win from the ultimate over, Williamson swept the second ball for six to finish an impressive century. And he sliced the subsequent away for 4 to see the Black Caps previous their goal of 242 with three balls to spare. He was aided by Colin de Grandhomme’s very good 60 off 47 balls after the Kiwis had slipped to 137-5.
South Africa squandered probabilities to take away each throughout an absorbing finale, together with failing to ask for a overview earlier than replays confirmed Williamson had nicked Imran Tahir behind to Quinton de Kock on 76. De Grandhomme was caught at long-off making an attempt to hit the primary ball of the penultimate over for six however the unflappable Williamson took his aspect house, ending unbeaten on 106.
South Africa posted 241-5 following Rassie van der Dussen’s 67 not out and Hashim Amla’s scratchy 55. Their circumspect method on a tough two-paced pitch was not fairly sufficient although, with a fourth defeat in six matches successfully eliminating South Africa from semi-final competition. New Zealand stay unbeaten, with 4 wins and a no consequence of their 5 video games thus far, and transfer again to the highest of the desk.
The beginning of the sport was delayed because of moist outfield and was finally lowered to 49 overs a aspect. Despatched in to bat, South Africa bought off to a shaky begin, shedding opener Quinton de Kock early within the second over for five off a little bit of Trent Boult brilliance – it was the fifth time the South African turned the paceman’s sufferer in ODI cricket.
The New Zealand quicks saved Amla and Faf du Plessis in test for some time. Nevertheless, simply when the partnership began to flourish, Lockie Ferguson cleaned up du Plessis for 23. Aiden Markram additionally shared a vital 52-run stand with Amla, however the latter’s wicket noticed South Africa stuttering at 111/3. Each of Markram (38) and David Miller (36) bought begins however didn’t convert their innings into an enormous one. It was Rassie van der Dussen who top-scored for his aspect, his unbeaten 67 from 64 lifting South Africa to 241/6.
New Zealand too misplaced an early wicket as Kagiso Rabada had Colin Munro caught and bowled for 9. Guptill together with Williamson performed with warning and made regular progress.
The duo amassed a vital 60-run stand, however Guptill trod on his stumps and swiveled onto his leg stump. Very quickly, New Zealand misplaced the skilled Ross Taylor and Tom Latham and so they have been lowered to 80/4.
Regardless of shedding three essential wickets, skipper Williamson remained unperturbed and saved the scoreboard ticking. He constructed much-needed partnerships with Jimmy Neesham (23) and de Grandhomme. De Grandhomme particularly took strain off his skipper with a incredible half-century, whilst South Africa didn’t take their probabilities on the sector.
Pos Staff Performed Gained Misplaced N/R Web RR Factors
1 NEWZEALAND 5 Four Zero 1 +1.591 9
2 ENGLAND 5 Four 1 0 +1.862 8
Three AUSTRALIA 5 Four 1 0 +0.812 8
Four INDIA Four Three Zero 1 +1.029 7
5 BANGLADESH 5 2 2 1 -0.270 5
6 SRILANKA 5 1 2 2 -1.778 4
7 WESTINDIES 5 1 Three 1 +0.272 3
Eight SOUTHAFRICA 6 1 Four 1 -0.193 3
9 PAKISTAN 5 1 Three 1 -1.933 3
10 AFGHANISTAN 5 Zero 5 0 -2.089 0
SOUTH AFRICA :
Q de Kock b Boult 5
H Amla b Santner 55
F du Plessis b Ferguson 23
A Markram c Munro b de Grandhomme 38
H van der Dussen not out 67
D Miller c Boult b Ferguson 36
A Phehlukwayo c Williamson b Ferguson 0
C Morris not out 6
EXTRAS: (lb7, w4) 11
TOTAL: (6 wkts; 49 overs) 241
FOW: 1-9, 2-59, 3-111, 4-136, 5-208, 6-218
BOWLING: M Henry 10-2-34-0, T Boult 10-0-63-1, L Ferguson 10-0-59-3, C de Grandhomme 10-0-33-1, M Santner 9-0-45-1
M Guptill hit wicket b Phehlukwayo 35
C Munro c & b Rabada 9
Okay Williamson not out 106
R Taylor c de Kock b Morris 1
T Latham c de Kock b Morris 1
J Neesham c Amla b Morris 23
C de Grandhomme c du Plessis b Ngidi 60
M Santner not out 2
EXTRAS: (lb1, nb1, w6) 8
TOTAL: (6 wkts; 48.Three overs) 245
FOW: 1-12, 2-72, 3-74, 4-80, 5-137, 6-228
BOWLING: Okay Rabada 10-0-42-1, L Ngidi 10-1-47-1, C Morris 10-0-49-3, A Phehlukwayo 8.3-0-73-1, Imran Tahir 10-0-33-0
TOSS: New Zealand
MAN OF MATCH: Kane Williamson
UMPIRES: Ian Gould, Nigel Llong
TV UMPIRE: Rod Tucker
MATCH REFEREE: Sir Richie Richardson