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World Cup 2019 New Zealand vs South Africa Highlights: Williamson’s ton guides NZ to victory by 4 wickets

World Cup 2019 New Zealand vs South Africa Highlights: Kane Williamson's unbeaten 106 guides New Zealand to a win over South Africa by four wickets

New Zealand rise to the top of the points table with a win over South Africa

New Zealand vs South Africa, NZ vs SA Highlights: Kane Williamson’s unbeaten 106 guides New Zealand to a thrilling win over South Africa in the last over. The partnership between Williamson and Colin de Grandhomme set up the run chase. Grandhomme scored quickfire 60 runs to help New Zealand get back on track. Earlier Chris Morris brought South Africa back into the game with three wickets including Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, and James Neesham.

Disciplined show by New Zealand bowlers restricted South Africa to 241/6 in the 49 overs per side World Cup clash at Birmingham on Wednesday. Rassie van der Dussen was the top scorer for South Africa as he remained unbeaten on 67. For New Zealand, Lockie Ferguson finished with 3/59 while Matt Henry, Colin de Grandhomme and Mitchell Santner took a wicket each.

ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019Edgbaston, Birmingham 21 July 2019

New Zealand 245/6 (48.3)

vs

South Africa 241/6 (49.0)

Match Ended ( Day - Match 25 ) New Zealand beat South Africa by 4 wickets

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World Cup 2019, New Zealand vs South Africa Highlights

Williamson wraps it up

A single off the third delivery of the final over and Kane Williamson guides New Zealand to a win by four wickets over South Africa. Fourth win of the tournament for New Zealand. 

HUNDRED!

SIX! Kane Williamson hits one over deep midwicket for a huge 83 m six. He reaches his century in style.

FOUR!

Kane Williamson finds the much-needed boundary, guides the ball past the short third man fielder. Williamson is on 96. He deserves to get to the century after doing all the hard work with a stroke of luck. NZ need 8 runs from 6 balls. 

WICKET!

Lungi Ngidi gets the breakthrough. Colin de Grandhomme goes for a big shot and finds Faf du Plessis at long on. NZ need 14 runs from 11 balls

Frustration for South Africa

It seems like nothing is going their way. Dropped catches, misfields, wides, loose deliveries. It is all happening at Edgbaston. New Zealand need 17 runs from 18 deliveries. 

FIFTY!

Colin de Grandhomme reaches half-century in style, hits Chris Morris for a boundary over mid wicket. He reaches fifty in just 39 deliveries. NZ - 216/5 in 45 overs

Phehlukwayo - the weak link

Andile Phehlukwayo has been the weak link in Proteas bowling lineup today. On a pitch, where the ball has gripped and favoured the bowlers, he has gone for almost 8 runs per over. New Zealand need 31 runs from 30 deliveries. NZ - 211/5 in 44 overs

Lucky escape for Williamson

Kane Williamson survives another terrible mix-up. Williamson was a goner had Miller held on to the throw. Another lifeline for the Kiwi skipper.

Ngidi frustrates Williamson

Just a single from the 40th over. Ngidi bowled five dot deliveries to Williamson. A brilliant over under circumstances. NZ - 184/5 in 40 overs

Colin de Grandhomme in a hurry

Colin de Grandhomme is sparing no one. Kagiso Rabada back into the attack and he hits him for a ginormous six over deep square leg. Aggression from the Kiwi all-rounder, living upto the expectations. NZ - 183/5 in 39 overs

Grandhomme goes big

Colin de Grandhomme is doing his job perfectly. Grandhomme punishes Andile Phehlukwayo for bowling short to him. A huge six over deep square leg. NZ - 169/5 in 37 overs

Colin makes a grand entry

Colin de Grandhomme starts off his innings on a positive note. Colin took on Morris and scored 8 runs off 4 deliveries he faced in the over including a boundary. NZ - 145/5 in 33 overs

Morris - the partnership breaker

Chris Morris comes back into the attack and strikes in his first over of the second spell. Faf du Plessis needs to be credited for his attacking captaincy. He had a slip in place for James Neesham. The plan worked. Neesham edged it to Hashim Amla. Williamson is running short of partners. Colin de Grandhomme has come in to bat. NZ 137/5 in 32.2 overs

Phehlukwayo on target

Kane Williamson and James Neesham hit one boundary each in the over off Andile Phehlukwayo's over, 11 runs from it. NZ - 136/4 in 32 overs

Required run rate climbing

Kane Williamson and James Neesham are trying to take the game to the end. The required run rate is over 6 runs per over now. NZ - 125/4 in 31 overs

At halfway mark

New Zealand are behind the required run rate. Kane Williamson is playing the waiting game instead of losing any more wickets. A maiden over from Ngidi. NZ - 103/4 in 25 overs

Morris' double blow

WICKET! Another one bites the dust. Tom Latham edges one to the wicketkeeper. Morris is delighted and he should be. South Africa have increased their chances of winning this game by a huge margin. NZ - 80/4 in 18.1 overs

WICKET!

Chris Morris gets a wicket off a delivery he did not expect to. Ross Taylor tries to work the ball bowled on his pads and edges it to wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock. Two quick blows. South Africa are back in the game. NZ - 74/3 in 16.1 overs

Guptill dismisses himself

HIT WICKET! Martin Guptill gets out hit wicket trying to pull Andile Phehlukwayo's short ball. Guptill departs for 35. A gift for South Africa under these circumstances. NZ - 72/2 in 15 overs

End of first powerplay overs

The game is delicately poised for now. South Africa got the early breakthrough but New Zealand top order has almost played out the new ball. It looks like Guptill means serious business today, not looking to throw his wicket away by playing unnecessary aggressive shots. NZ - 43/1 in 10 overs

Proteas apply pressure

Kane Williamson takes his time to play himself in but it is tough to keep Martin Guptill quiet. The South African bowlers are trying to put pressure with the new ball. NZ - 19/1 in 5 overs

Rabada strikes

Caught and bowled! Kagiso Rabada takes a brilliant catch on follow through as Colin Munro inside edges the ball onto his pads and in the air. Munro departs for 9. NZ - 12/1 in 2.1 overs

Second innings underway

Martin Guptill and Colin Munro are in the middle to chase down the target of 242. Kagiso Rabada with the new ball. The second innings is underway

Rassie van der Dussen show

Rassie van der Dussen accelerated very well in the death overs. South Africa post a fighting total of 241/6 in 49 overs. Van der Dussen remained not out for 67 runs from 64 deliveries. 15 runs came off the last over of the innings. This is not a batting paradise. South African bowlers can defend this if they get early wickets. 

FIFTY

Rassie van der Dussen reaches a well-deserved half-century in 56 deliveries. A good inning under pressure and well-paced with wickets falling from the other end. SA - 217/5 in 46.1 overs

Ferguson strikes again

David Miller loses his wicket in an attempt to maximise Lockie Ferguson's over. Just when it looked like South Africa will breach the 250-run mark, they lost another. Miller departs for 36 runs from 37 deliveries. SA - 208/5 in 44.5 overs

Miller goes big!

A sensational hit from David Miller. Boult bangs in short and Miller was in the best position to smack it over deep midwicket for a six. 250 in sight now. SA - 198/4 in 45 overs

SIX!

First maximum of the innings comes of Cassie van der Dussen. A boundary after 10 overs for South Africa. 

Milestone for Miller

David Miller reaches 3,000 ODI runs. He reaches the milestone in 109 innings. 

Boundaries dry up

Kiwi bowlers and fielders have kept a tight lid on boundaries. Miller and Van der Dussen are still searching for their first boundary. The previous boundary was hit by Markram in the 32nd over. SA - 166/4 in 39 overs

New Zealand continue to dominate

Regular wickets, attacking fields, and controlled line and lengths. The Kiwis are dominating an out-of-form South African batting lineup. South Africa are in no position to post a big total. The partnership between Rassie van der Dussen and David Miller will be crucial. SA - 140/4 in 34 overs

Markram fails to capitalise

Instead of making the Kiwis pay for their mistake, Aiden Markram gives an easy catch to Colin Munro. Markram tries to take on Colin de Grandhomme, miscues and loses his wicket. He departs for 38. Boult breathes a sigh of relief. SA - 136/4 in 32.3 overs

Markram rubs salts on wounds

Trent Boult brought back into the attack to rectify for his mistake. Aiden Markram rubs salts on his wounds with a cracking cover drive for a boundary. Not a good over from the left-arm quick. Eight runs from it. SA - 135/3 in 32 overs

Boult drops Markram

Trent Boult drops an easy catch. Boult just had to take a few steps to his left and complete the catch. Aiden Markram gets a lifeline. This might prove to be dangerous for the Blackcaps.  SA - 127/3 in 31 overs

FOUR!

A boundary after 28 deliveries. South Africa need a lot more of those if they are to set a 250-plus target. Markram on his way to half-century. SA - 123/3 in 30 overs

WICKET!

Third South African batsman to get bowled today. Mitchell Santner beats Hashim Amla with perfect off-spin delivery. SA - 111/3 in 27.3 overs

FIFTY!

Finally, Hashim Amla is back in form, hits his 38th ODI fifty and first in this tournament. South Africa have missed his services at the top order dearly. Can he covert it into triple figures? SA - 98/2 in 25 overs

Another mix-up

Hashim Amla involved in another mix-up. Aiden Markram hesitated in sneaking a quick single and almost paid for it. Had Kane Williamson pulled off a direct hit, Markram would be out. SA - 91/2 in 24 overs

Santner into the attack

After 16 overs of fast bowling, Kane Williamson has trusted Mitchell Santner to bowl from one end. Amla-Markram are not trying to do anything extraordinary. This is a crucial time for South Africa. The Edgbaston wicket does not look like a 300-plus wicket. 250-plus can be a competitive score on this pitch and South Africa need wickets in hand to achieve it. SA - 73/2 in 20 overs

Markram off the mark

Aiden Markram gets off the mark with a beautiful cover drive piercing the offside field. SA - 65/2 in 16 overs

Squads: New Zealand: Kane Williamson (captain), Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Tom Blundell.

South Africa: Faf du Plessis (captain), Aiden Markram, Quinton de Kock, Hashim Amla, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Chris Morris, Andile Phehlukwayo, JP Duminy, Dwaine Pretorius, Beuran Hendricks, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir, Tabraiz Shamsi.

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