Kane Williamson anchored New Zealand to a tense four-wicket victory at Edgbaston on Wednesday after an astonishing stroke of luck when South Africa did not evaluation an edge from the Kiwi captain.
The Black Caps’ skipper was on 76 when he obtained a faint edge to a ball by leg-spinner Imran Tahir that Quinton de Kock took behind the stumps however South Africa took no motion.
That call might show deadly to their event hopes, with the Proteas now needing a miracle to progress to the semi-finals after only one win from six matches, whereas New Zealand now high the 10-team desk.
Earlier, Martin Guptill, who had been guiding New Zealand in direction of their goal of 242 off a rain-reduced 49 overs with a minimal of fuss, trod on his stumps to spark a mini collapse.
The batsman, on 35, pulled Andile Phehlukwayo and ended up swivelling, solely to lose his steadiness and clip his leg stump along with his foot.
Two overs later New Zealand slipped to 74-Three when Ross Taylor tickled a Chris Morris leg-side supply and De Kock took the catch behind the stumps. Tom Latham’s dismissal left them struggling at 80-4.
Jimmy Neesham (23) steadied the ship along with his skipper however when he was out, New Zealand had been again in bother at 137-5.
Colin de Grandhomme got here to New Zealand’s rescue, batting positively and citing his fifty off 39 balls however when he was caught within the deep for 60 by Du Plessis off Lungi Ngidi, Kiwi nerves had been jangling once more.
Eight had been nonetheless wanted off the ultimate over.
However Mitchell Santner pinched a single and Williamson saved his nerve, citing his century with an enormous six off the following ball after which a 4 sealed the victory.
Earlier, Rassie van der Dussen gave South Africa one thing to bowl at because the Proteas struggled to 241-6 after dropping the toss.
Hashim Amla made a sluggish 55 off 83 balls however Van der Dussen’s 67 not out got here at higher than a run a ball.
Throughout his innings, Amla turned the fourth South African to achieve 8,000 runs in one-day internationals.
He’s the second-fastest participant (176 innings) from any aspect to achieve the milestone after India’s Virat Kohli (175 innings).