In the 25th match of the entertaining World Cup 2019 extravaganza, New Zealand sealed a hard-fought 4-wicket victory over South Africa at Edgbaston, Birmingham. In the 49-over-per-side contest, the Proteas reached a fighting first innings totals on the back of half-centuries from Hashim Amla and Rassie van der Dussen and Lockie Ferguson did his job with the ball. In the second innings, Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson composed a fabulous hundred to steer his team towards an emphatic win and in turn almost knocked out South Africa from the tournament as well.
Rassie van der Dussen’s impressive half-century propel South Africa to 241
After losing the toss and being asked to bat first, South Africa got off to a disappointing start as their opener Quinton de Kock got dismissed in just the second over of the innings. The pair of Hashim Amla and skipper Faf du Plessis then resurrected the South African innings with a half-century stand before Lockie Ferguson got the better of the captain in the 14th over. However, Amla kept on battling against the Kiwi bowlers at the end and notched up a fine half-century before falling victim to Mitchell Santner.
The duo of Rassie van der Dussen and David Miller then added a significant partnership of 72 runs and when they looked to up the ante, Ferguson once again came to the rescue of his team bowling an amazing spell to pick up two crucial wickets. However, towards the end, Rassie van der Dussen played an excellent unbeaten innings of 67 runs off 64 balls, to help South Africa finish with a fighting total of 241 runs. For New Zealand, Ferguson bowled very well to pick up three crucial scalps.
Williamson leads New Zealand from the front
Chasing a stiff target of 242 runs on a two-paced surface, New Zealand too lost their opening batsman Colin Munro quite early with just 12 runs on the scoreboard. The duo comprising of Martin Guptill and skipper Kane Williamson then got together to bail their team out of the troublesome situation. They stitched an impressive stand of 60 runs before Guptill got out in the most unfortunate manners hit-wicket off a delivery bowled by Andile Phehlukwayo. With his wicket, New Zealand suffered a disappointing batting collapse as well, losing both Ross Taylor and Tom Latham in quick time.
After these quick jitters, the Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson took the onus on himself to lead his team further in the run-chase. He stitched a vital partnership of 57 runs along with James Neesham and in that process also brought up an excellent half-century. He compiled a special innings in which he stroked a brilliant hundred to guide New Zealand towards a hard-fought win with three balls to spare. Collin de Grandhomme also played an impressive innings of 60 runs off 47 balls and also stitched a phenomenal partnership of 91 runs along with his skipper.
South Africa: 241/6 in 49 overs (Rassie van der Dussen-67*, Hashim Amla-55; Lockie Ferguson 3/59)
New Zealand: 245/6 in 48.3 overs (Kane Williamson-106*, Colin de Grandhomme-60; Chris Morris 3/49)
Result: New Zealand won the match by 4 wickets.
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