Skipper Kane Williamson ensured New Zealand maintained their unbeaten record in the World Cup 2019 as he guided his team to a 4-wicket win over South Africa on Wednesday and take the Blackcaps back on top of the points table.
Chasing a below-par score of 242 for victory, New Zealand collapsed from 72 for 1 to 80 for 4 but Williamson stood at the crease like a rock and his unbeaten 106 helped the Kiwis reach the target with 3 balls to spare.
Chris Morris grabbed 3 wickets while Kagiso Rabada, Andile Phehlukwayo and Lungi Ngidi took one each but that wasn’t enough for the South Africans to stage a comeback in the match even though it got close in the end thanks to some tight bowling but their efforts went in vain.
Earlier, a tight bowling performance from New Zealand restricted South Africa to a modest total of 241-6 in their rain-delayed World Cup match at Edgbaston on Wednesday.
South Africa had hope while Amla was at the crease but that too faded after he was bowled for 55 by Mitchell Santner in the 28th over but Van der Dussen’s unbeaten 67 gave them a respectable total.
Kiwi pacer Lockie Ferguson was the pick of the bowlers, picking up three wickets, while all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme contributed with an economical spell of 1-33 in his 10 overs.