New Zealand Win A Thrilling Match, South Africa Almost Out Of Semi-Final Race

World Cup 2019, New Zealand vs South Africa – As it Happened: Williamson ton leads Kiwis to thrilling finish

New Zealand defeated South Africa by 4 wickets in the ICC World Cup 2019. This thriller match played on Birmingham’s Edgbaston field lasted till the last over. South Africa defeated Toss and bat first to present 241 scores. In response, the New Zealand team achieved this target by losing 6 wickets in 48.3 overs on the brilliant inning of Captain Ken Williamson (not out 106).

Last Exciting Over

In the last over, the team needed 8 runs to win and Kane Williamson and Mitchell Santner (unbeaten 6) were on the crease. On Andile Phehlukwayo’s first ball, Mitchell Santner ran one run and the strike came to Williams.

Kane Williamson then scored a six on Phehlukwayo’s second ball and the four on the third and gave the team a victory. With this defeat, the African team is almost out of the semi-final race. The African team is eighth in the points table with three points after four defeats and one win in six games.  One of his matches vanished in the rain. New Zealand team has again reached the top of the points table. His five matches have nine points.

Starting New Zealand Team

New Zealand’s start was not good and their openers Colin Munro (9) returned to the pavilion soon. Their wicket dropped in third overs. After this, Kane Williamson came for batting and he added 60 runs for the second wicket with Martin Guptill (35).

This partnership was going strong but Guptill lost his wicket in the 15th over. On the return of Guptill’s pavilion, experienced player Ross Taylor (1) came on the crease but was out in the 17th over. After Taylor, Tom Lathon (1) also lost his wicket cheaply. His wicket dropped in the 19th over.

From here, Williamson made a partnership of 57 runs for the fifth wicket with James Neesham (23). Neesham was out in the 33rd over. New Zealand had lost five wickets for a total of just 137 runs and thought the match would be out of hand. But Williamson did not give up, and took a vital 91-run partnership for the sixth wicket with Colin de Grandhomme (60) and took the team closer to victory.

Colin de Grandhomme returned to the pavilion in the 48th over. Williamson hit 9 fours and a six in the inning of 138 balls. For South Africa, Chris Morris took three, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi took one wicket each.

First Inning

Earlier, South Africa, losing 6 wickets in the allotted 49 overs, scored 241 runs. Most runs for the African team were made by Rassie van der Dussen (67 not out). He hit two fours and three sixes in his 64-ball knock.

Apart from them, Hashim Amla (55), Aiden Markram (38), David Miller (36), Faf du Plessis (23), Andile Phehlukwayo (0) and Quinton de Kock contributed 5 runs. Chris Morris returned unbeaten to the pavilion with 6 runs.

New Zealand’s Lockie Ferguson took three, wickets while Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, and Trent Boult picked up one wicket each.

New Zealand decided to bowl first before winning the toss. Due to the wet weather, the toss was delayed due to which the match was 49-49 overs. New Zealand did not make any changes to their team. The African team replaced young fast bowler Lungi Ngidi in the final eleven in place of Beuran Hendricks. Having suffered a nose injury, he could not play the last several matches.

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