-New Zealand defeated South Africa by 4 wickets
-New Zealand 245 for 6; South Africa 241 for 6
-New Zealand speeds up to the top of the points table
A lot had been riding on the New Zealand-South Africa game in this World Cup. South Africa needed a win. New Zealand were determined to stay unbeaten. Faf du Plessis and Co. had a score to settle after the Auckland 2015 semifinal. The game was essentially what this World Cup needed – a close encounter with both teams jostling for ascendancy.
As it turned out, New Zealand sealed a thriller in a chase of 241 by four wickets in the final over with their captain leading from the front with an unbeaten ton.
How did the match pan out?
SA lost De Kock early, before Amla and Faf du Plessis added 50 runs. Amla then got along with Aiden Markram to stitch a 52-run stand against the Kiwis. It was Miller and Dussen helped SA get some momentum.
In reply, NZ showed character with Guptill and Williamson but lost three wickets for nine runs. Williamson’s fight helped NZ to stay in control.
With this win, Kiwis go atop in World Cup 2019.
Williamson wins it for New Zealand
Kane Williamson’s fantastic knock of 106 was truly the difference between the two sides. Williamson’s innings had eight fours and a six.
Kane Williamson amassed successive fifty-plus scores for the first time in Cricket World Cup. This was Williamson’s 12th career ODI century and a maiden CWC ton as well.
New Zealand pacers script some notable feats
Lockie Ferguson (3/59) raced to 11 wickets in the ongoing 2019 World Cup. He equalled Australia’s Pat Cummins (11).
Trent Boult (1/63) now has 151 career ODI wickets. The left-arm pacer has 26 World Cup wickets. He went past Mitchell Johnson and equalled the likes of Mushtaq Ahmed and Morne Morkel.
Boult dismissed Quinton de Kock for the fifth time in ODIs.
In the end, the same old issues came to haunt South Africa as they crumbled under pressure just when it mattered the most.