CWC 2019 Recap: Williamson's ton takes Kiwis over the line in nail-biter against Proteas
A Cricket World series, CWC 2019 Recap looks at all the high-octane encounters from the last year's ODI World Cup: from Jofra Archer's bouncers to Rohit Sharma's hundreds and from Mitchell Starc's yorkers to Virat Kohli's antics.
South Africa 241 - 6 (49 Overs) [van der Dussen 67(64), Amla 55(83); Ferguson 3/59, de Grandhomme 1/33]
New Zealand 245 - 6 (48.3 Overs) [Williamson(c) 106(138), de Grandhomme 60(47); Chris Morris 3/49, Rabada 1/42]
Result- New Zealand won by 4 wickets
When South Africa could only manage 241 on the back of knocks from Rassie van der Dussen 67(64) and Hashim Amla 55(83), it seemed that New Zealand would do the job in a canter. But, with the wicket at Edgbaston having been under covers for days, the assumption was faulty.
At the time when Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson were batting, things were not really happening but once Guptill, Ross Taylor and Tom Latham fell within a short interval, the Proteas were right in the game.
However, Williamson became the fourth Kiwi skipper to score a ton at the World Cup after Glenn Turner, Martin Crowe and Stephen Fleming as he shepherd the innings with help from de Grandhomme. CDG perhaps played one of the game-turning knocks of the World Cup. On a tough wicket, he took the challenge head-on and played his shots one after the other. Once he got out, the skipper took over and took them home.
While this was New Zealand's fifth successive win against South Africa in World Cups, the Proteas were almost knocked out of the tournament after the defeat.