New Zealand outplayed South Africa by four wickets in a closely fought contest all thanks to captain Kane Williamson’s unbeaten match-winning 106 runs. With this win, New Zealand make their way up on the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 (CWC 2019) points table. Chasing 242 runs, Kiwis completed the target in last over with three balls and four wickets to spare. The defeat now makes South Africa’s road to semi-finals tough and they are virtually out of the contention. ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Points Table Updated: New Zealand Jumps to Top Spot After Win Over South Africa in CWC 2019 Round-Robin Match.
Apart from Williamson’s match-winning century, Colin de Grandhomme chipped in with valuable 60 off 47 balls as he formed a significant 91-run stand with the skipper. The two joined forces with Kiwis score reading 137 for five and bailed their side out of the trouble.
New Zealand’s chase began on a jittery note with Colin Munro perishing in the third over. Chris Morris then struck twice to leave New Zealand tottering at 80 for four. Williamson and Jimmy Neesham brought some stability with a 57-run stand. Morris then struck once again to remove Neesham. Eventually, Williamson held one end and guided his side home. New Zealand vs South Africa Highlights of ICC World Cup 2019 Match: Kane Williamson Century Guides Kiwis to Victory.
Here are some stat highlights from NZ vs SA CWC 2019 match
# This is New Zealand's 10th consecutive win while chasing in ICC ODI World Cup matches.
# Kane Williamson is now fastest to 1000 ODI runs in England, he took 17 innings.
# Hashim Amla is not second fastest to 8000 ODI runs. He took 176 innings while Virat Kohli achieved the feat in 175 innings.
# South Africa have now last most (5) World Cup matches in the final over when defending.
# This New Zealand’s sixth win over South Africa in eight World Cup matches.
Earlier, South Africa managed to reach 241 after Rassie van der Dussen’s unbeaten 67 off 64 balls. Apart from him, Hashim Amla scored 55 off 83 balls. The start of the match was delayed by one and a half hour due to the wet outfield. The match was then reduced to 49 overs per side.