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AFP
June 20, 2019

Williamson rides luck to guide NZ to win against SA

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AFP
June 20, 2019

BIRMINGHAM: Kane Williamson anchored New Zealand to a tense four-wicket victory at Edgbaston on Wednesday after an astonishing stroke of luck when South Africa failed to review an edge from the Kiwi captain.

The Black Caps’ skipper was on 76 when he got a faint edge to a ball by leg-spinner Imran Tahir that Quinton de Kock took behind the stumps but South Africa took no action. That decision could prove fatal to their tournament hopes, with the Proteas now needing a miracle to progress to the semi-finals after just one win from six matches, while New Zealand now top the 10-team table.

Earlier, Martin Guptill, who had been guiding New Zealand towards their target of 242 off a rain-reduced 49 overs with a minimum of fuss, trod on his stumps to spark a mini collapse. The batsman, on 35, pulled Andile Phehlukwayo and ended up swivelling, only to lose his balance and clip his leg stump with his foot.

Two overs later, New Zealand slipped to 74-3 when Ross Taylor tickled a Chris Morris leg-side delivery and De Kock took the catch behind the stumps. Tom Latham’s dismissal left them struggling at 80-4.

Jimmy Neesham (23) steadied the ship with his skipper but when he was out, New Zealand were back in trouble at 137-5. Colin de Grandhomme came to New Zealand’s rescue, batting positively and bringing up his fifty off 39 balls but when he was caught in the deep for 60 by Du Plessis off Lungi Ngidi, Kiwi nerves were jangling again.

Eight were still needed off the final over. But Mitchell Santner pinched a single and Williamson kept his nerve, bringing up his century with a huge six off the next ball and then a four sealed the victory.

Earlier, Rassie van der Dussen gave South Africa something to bowl at as the Proteas struggled to 241-6 after losing the toss. Hashim Amla made a sluggish 55 off 83 balls but Van der Dussen’s 67 not out came at better than a run a ball.

During his innings, Amla became the fourth South African to reach 8,000 runs in One-day Internationals. He is the second-fastest player (176 innings) from any side to reach the milestone after India’s Virat Kohli (175 innings).

New Zealand won toss

South Africa

†Q de Kock b Boult 5

H Amla b Santner 55

*F du Plessis b Ferguson 23

A Markram c Munro b De Grandhomme 38

R van der Dussen not out 67

D Miller c Boult b Ferguson 36

A Phehlukwayo c Williamson b Ferguson 0

C Morris not out 6

Extras (lb7, 4w) 11

Total (6 wickets, 49 overs) 241

Did not bat: K Rabada, Imran Tahir, L Ngidi

Fall: 1-9, 2-59, 3-111, 4-136, 5-208, 6-218

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

M Guptill hit wicket b Phehlukwayo 35

C Munro c & b Rabada 9

*K Williamson not out 106

R Taylor c De Kock b Morris 1

†T Latham c De Kock b Morris 1

J Neesham c Amla b Morris 23

C de Grandhomme c Du Plessis b Ngidi 60

M Santner not out 2

Extras (lb1, nb1, w6) 8

Total (6 wickets, 48.3 overs) 245

Did not bat: M Henry, L Ferguson, T Boult

Fall: 1-12, 2-72, 3-74, 4-80, 5-137, 6-228

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

Result: New Zealand won by 4 wickets

Man of the Match: Kane Williamson (New Zealand)

Umpires: Ian Gould and Nigel Llong (England). TV umpire: Rod Tucker (Australia). Match referee: Richie Richardson (West Indies)

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