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Williamson guides NZ to narrow SA win

  • Published at 03:07 pm June 19th, 2019
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New Zealand's Kane Williamson plays a shot during their World Cup match against South Africa in Birmingham Wednesday Reuters

The result left South Africa, who have won only one match, virtually out of the running for a semi-final spot while New Zealand kept their unbeaten run intact to move to the top of the standing with four wins in five games

Captain Kane Williamson's patient unbeaten century led New Zealand to a tense four-wicket victory over South Africa in a low-scoring Cricket World Cup match at Edgbaston Wednesday.

Chasing 242 to win a match reduced to 49 overs a side by rain, New Zealand looked set to comfortably reach the target with Martin Guptill and Williamson at the crease.

But South Africa fast bowler Chris Morris picked up three wickets to leave New Zealand struggling at 137/5 before Williamson (106 not out) and Colin de Grandhomme (60) shared a 91-run partnership.

De Grandhomme fell before the end but Williamson reached his century with a six in the final over and guided New Zealand to their fourth win of the tournament with three balls to spare.

Earlier, South Africa's batsmen apart from Hashim Amla and Rassie van der Dussen failed to build on starts after being put into bat in the face of a disciplined bowling effort from the Kiwis.

Amla was bowled for 55 by Mitchell Santner but Van der Dussen's unbeaten 67 off 64 balls gave the South Africans a respectable total to defend.

The result left South Africa, who have won only one match, virtually out of the running for a semi-final spot while New Zealand kept their unbeaten run intact to move to the top of the standing with four wins in five games.

MATCH 25

SOUTH AFRICA INNINGS            R    B

De Kock b Boult                5    8

Amla b Santner                55    83

Du Plessis b Ferguson                23    35

Markram c Munro b Grandhomme        38    55

Van der Dussen not out            67    64

Miller c Boult b Ferguson            36    37

Phehlukwayo c Williamson b Ferguson    0    5

Morris not out                    6    7

Extras (lb 7, w 4)                11 

Total (49 Overs)                241/6 

Fall Of Wickets

1-9 (De Kock), 2-59 (Du Plessis), 3-111 (Amla), 4-136 (Markram), 5-208 (Miller), 6-218 (Phehlukwayo)

Bowling

Henry 10-2-34-0, Boult 10-0-63-1, Ferguson 10-0-59-3, De Grandhomme 10-0-33-1, Santner 9-0-45-1

NEW ZEALAND INNINGS        R    B

Guptill hit wicket b Phehlukwayo    35    59

Munro c & b Rabada            9    5

Williamson not out            106    138

Taylor c De Kock b Morris        1    2

Latham c De Kock b Morris        1    4

Neesham c Amla b Morris        23    34

De Grandhomme c Du Plessis b Ngidi    60    47

Santner not out            2    3

Extras (lb 1, nb 1, w 6)            8 

Total (48.3 Overs)            245/6 

Fall Of Wickets

1-12 (Munro), 2-72 (Guptill), 3-74 (Taylor), 4-80 (Latham), 5-137 (Neesham), 6-228 (De Grandhomme)

Bowling

Rabada 10-0-42-1, Ngidi 10-1-47-1, Morris 10-0-49-3, Phehlukwayo 8.3-0-73-1, Tahir 10-0-33-0

New Zealand won by four wickets

MoM: Kane Williamson

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