After watching their last game getting washed out, New Zealand saw a similar sight during the initial phase of the game against South Africa at Edgbaston, Birmingham. However, after the rain delay, the crowd finally got to witness some cricketing action and Kiwis certainly gained the upper hand in the first half of the game. The bowlers did an amazing job to restrict the Proteas to 241 for 6 in 49 overs.
Due to the rain interruption, the match got reduced to a 49-overs-per-side fixture. New Zealand captain Kane Williamson won the toss and opted to bowl first as he reckoned that there are chances of some more rain during the course of the game. Kiwi pace bowling spearhead Trent Boult proved his skipper's decision correct by picking the prized of South African opener Quinton de Kock in just the second over of the innings. The duo of Hashim Amla and skipper Faf du Plessis then got together to tackle the quality bowling from the Kiwi fast bowlers.
Amla brings up first fifty of WC 2019
They stitched a tentative stand of 50 runs before du Plessis got dismissed off a fantastic delivery bowled by Lockie Ferguson in the 14th over. The Proteas skipper failed to convert his start of 23 runs into a big score. After his wicket, Amla continued the progress further now with Aiden Markram. The veteran opener opted for a very unusual but a smart approach during his 83-ball 55 as his team needed this and then the Kiwi left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner bowled a beautiful ball to get the better of Amla.
Ferguson does the containment job
Amla stitched a vital stand of 52 runs with Markram before getting dismissed in the 28th over with 111 runs on the scoreboard. Markram, who looked quite fidgety since Amla's dismissal, also got out pretty soon leaving South Africa in a spot of bother at 136 for 4. The pair of David Miller and Rassie van der Dussen then joined hands to resurrect the South African innings with a fine partnership of 72 runs for the fifth wicket.
As soon as Miller looked to attack, Ferguson got him out with a short delivery for a 37-ball 36. The Kiwi speedster then also dismissed Andile Phehlukwayo for a five-ball duck and didn’t allowed the Proteas batters to take the game away at the death overs stage. However, van der Dussen was playing an excellent innings at the other end, notching up his second fifty of the tournament. He remained unbeaten till the end for a brilliant innings of 67 runs, to guide South Africa to a fighting total of 241 runs in their quota of 49 overs.
For New Zealand, Ferguson bowled really well to pick up three vital scalps, while Collin de Grandhomme was also quit economical besides taking the wicket of Markram.
South Africa 241/6 in 49 overs (Rassie van der Dussen-67 , Hashim Amla-55; Lockie Ferguson 3/59, Colin de Grandhomme 1/33) vs New Zealand.