ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

NZ beat SA by 4 wickets | South Africa vs New Zealand Highlights And Cricket Score 25th ODI Match

ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019

Date: Jun 19, 2019 Start Time: 15:00 IST | 09:30 GMT | 10:30 Local
Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham
SA
241/6 Overs: 49.0
NZ
245/6 Overs: 48.3
New Zealand beat South Africa by 4 wickets

South Africa vs New Zealand Highlights And Cricket Score - 25th ODI Match - Summary

End of Over : 48.3 NZ: 245/6

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Numero uno, go New Zealand! 9 points from 5 games. Does that take one foot of theirs into the semi-finals? They might like to feel so, with West Indies and Pakistan next. As far as South Africa are concerned, they have Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Australia next. The maximum they can reach is 9 points and they will hope that other teams at the top lose more games.

Victorious New Zealand captain, Kane Williamson, says that in the morning, the wicket was a bit soft, hence bowling first was a better option. Adds that it did look a belter and the bowlers had to adjust, which they did beautifully. On not giving Jimmy Neesham the ball in this game, Williamson says that in this case, de Grandhomme and Santner were bowling well, hence he did not feel the need to go to Jimmy. On Colin de Grandhomme's approach to batting, Williamson says that they just had a chat and from there on, Colin took it on his own. Praises de Grandhomme for playing the blinder, which Kane believes, took the game away from South Africa. Agrees that the Kiwis have done well, playing on a variety of pitches but is quick to admit that there are a few tough games coming their way and the team needs to be prepared to apply itself.

South African skipper, Faf du Plessis, says that the Proteas were aiming for 260 which would have been a great score on this wicket. Which means, he reckons, there were 20 short. Praises Williamson for showing how to bat on this wicket, by seeing off the good bowlers and targetting that one weak bowler and adds that a century in such games on such pitches make the difference. On South Africa's fielding, Faf says that the fielders and bowlers gave it their all but Kane Williamson was too good on the day. On Williamson's catch not being reviewed, du Plessis says that he was standing at long on and since there was no real appeal from either of Tahir or de Kock, they did not review. Admits that the performances have not been there from the individuals in this World Cup but the team is still fighting and stresses that it shall continue.

KANE WILLIAMSON HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH. Says that it is nice to be there at the end. Adds that the surface was a tough one to bat upon, with it holding a bit. Praises his bowlers for bowling well upfront. Also credits South Africa for bowling well. On his batting, Kane says that he just focuses on keeping out the tough balls, communicating with his partners, like if the other is playing well, then he can settle down, like it happened with Neesham and de Grandhomme. Does not want to take shine on his own performance and adds that there were plenty of other contributions which were vital in close games like these.

Tough to fault the bowlers of South Africa. They created the chances but their fielders did not support them. Chris Morris picked up 3 wickets but crucially, Imran Tahir was wicketless while Rabada and Ngidi got just one each. There was where the Kiwis played the match perfectly, seeing off the best bowler in the opposition, without giving him any wicket. Here comes the presentation...

Classic batting by Kane Williamson. On a pitch where everyone struggled, he shone brightly. There was nothing much from other batsmen - 35 from Guptill and just a 23 from Neesham. But that 60 from Colin de Grandhomme proved to be vital and their 91-run stand paved the way for the win. Williamson stood like a rock, absorbing all the pressure and being there till the end. He was the pivot in all the stands after Munro got out, ensuring that the Kiwis get home.

A day to forget for South Africa. They struggled on a sluggish pitch and mustered a half-decent score. It could have been more than decent, had their fielders taken those chances. Plenty of catches were put down, run outs were missed and misfields were done. A shoddy effort and in reality, they choked. And to sum up the entire situation, there was a moment when Kane Williamson nicked one behind in the 38th over, to de Kock, off Tahir. But no one appealed. There was a big spike shown on Ultra Edge. The skipper was on 76 then.

Kane Stuart Williamson. Take a bow. The pressure is on you, your players and your opposition. But you stand cool as a cucumber, spraying ice showers and taking your team home. In sublime fashion. Simply superb.

48.3 4

Andile Phehlukwayo to Kane Williamson. FOUR! NZ WIN BY 4 WICKETS! And possibly, possibly, have knocked South Africa out of the competition as well. On a length outside off, Williamson goes back in his crease and guides it behind point. The fielder dives to his left but the ball goes through! Time for the handshakes then!

48.2 6

Andile Phehlukwayo to Kane Williamson. SIX! SLAUGHTERED! That surely should be the game, shouldn't it? Century for Williamson, his 12th in ODIs and probably his most important one. Full and outside off, Kane gets down on a knee and slogs it over mid-wicket for half a dozen! Takes his helmet off and does not even smile. Real ice man. Just soaks in the pressure. Takes in the applause and raises both his hands. What a player. Just one needed now.

48.1 1

Andile Phehlukwayo to Mitchell Santner. A short ball, around middle, pulled powerfully but straight to deep mid-wicket. Just a single. 7 needed from 5.

End of Over : 48 6 Runs NZ: 234/6
47.6 4

Lungi Ngidi to Kane Williamson. FOUR! He goes to get the maximum out of it but in a smart way. This is just class. The third man is up and Williamson shows composure as he just guides this length ball outside off, wide of the fielder at short third man. It goes past him for a boundary. Believe me this man, Kane Williamson is ice and he's got nerves of steel.

47.5 1

Lungi Ngidi to Mitchell Santner. Good length ball on off, Santner hits it straight as an arrow. Ngidi does the split but the ball does not hit his feet. It hits the stumps at the bowler's end and goes towards long off. Single taken. Will Williamson go for the single or try to get the maximum out of it?

47.4 0

Lungi Ngidi to Mitchell Santner. Once again an off cutter. It is outside off, Santner looks to play it through cover but misses. 13 needed off the last 8 balls.

47.3 1

Lungi Ngidi to Kane Williamson. Slow again. It is on middle and off, Williamson comes down the track and chips it towards long on. Only a single taken. New man Santner will face the first ball of his innings now.

47.2 0

Lungi Ngidi to Kane Williamson. IN THE AIR...AND JUST SHORT. Slower delivery on middle, Williamson ends up chipping it back towards the bowler. Ngidi dives in front but it falls agonizingly short of him.

47.1 W

Lungi Ngidi to Colin de Grandhomme. OUT! Is the match turning in South Africa's favour here? Ngidi smartly takes the pace off the ball. He bowls it full, de Grandhomme looks to clear long off but he gets out foxed by the change of pace and ends up hitting it to the man there. Faf du Plessis there comes ahead and takes a good catch sliding forward. First wicket of the game for Ngidi and it has come at a critical juncture here.

End of Over : 47 3 Runs NZ: 228/5
46.6 1

Kagiso Rabada to Colin de Grandhomme. Single to end the over. Good length ball outside off, de Grandhomme taps it towards point and takes a single. 14 needed off the last 2 overs.

46.5 0

Kagiso Rabada to Colin de Grandhomme. Good smart thinking this. Faf keeps a short third man. Length ball outside off, de Grandhomme looks to run it down to third man but it goes to short third man and no run allowed.

46.4 1

Kagiso Rabada to Kane Williamson. Outside off on a length, Kane runs it down to third man for one.

46.3 0

Kagiso Rabada to Kane Williamson. Rabada hits the length hard on middle, Williamson taps it to point and shouts a loud no to his partner.

Summary

Unbeaten New Zealand will square off against a depleted South African side in what is primed to be a rematch of the 2015 World Cup semi-final. The New Zealand vs South Africa game in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 will be played at the Edgbaston Stadium in Birmingham on June 19 (Wednesday). Both teams have endured contrasting fortunes at CWC19. South Africa came to the tournament as one of the heavyweights but has managed to win just one game in five matches, while also losing three on the trot. New Zealand, on the other, were considered the underdogs and after four games are the only team apart from India to remain unbeaten in the competition so far.

 

The Black Caps led by the enigmatic Kane Williamson has already thrashed Sri Lanka and Afghanistan, while also escaping a batting collapse to defeat Bangladesh in their first three matches. Their much-anticipated game against India was washed-out due to rain. New Zealand has seven points from four matches and are in contention to make it to the semi-finals.

 

But South Africa face no such comforts. The Faf du Plessis led side has failed to turn up at the right moments in CWC 2019 and has only beaten minnows Afghanistan in their five games which includes a heavy defeat to England. They have also lost to India and Bangladesh, while the match against West Indies was abandoned.

 

New Zealand (From): Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham(w), James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult, Henry Nicholls, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Tom Blundell.

 

South Africa (From): Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock(w), Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis(c), Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir, Beuran Hendricks, Lungi Ngidi, Jean-Paul Duminy, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dwaine Pretorius.

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