World Cup 2019: Williamson, de Grandhomme power New Zealand to 4-wicket win vs South Africa

first_imgCaptain Kane Williamson ensured New Zealand maintained their unbeaten record in the World Cup 2019 as he guided his team to a 4-wicket win over South Africa on Wednesday and take the Blackcaps back on top of the points table.Chasing a below-par score of 242 for victory, New Zealand collapsed from 72 for 1 to 80 for 4 but Williamson stood at the crease like a rock and his unbeaten 106 helped the Kiwis reach the target with 3 balls to spare.He was involved in a 60-run partnership with Martin Guptill for the second wicket and then he added 57 with James Neesham after a mini-collapse to steady the nerves.Neesham, who is in red-hot form with the bat himself, scored 23 off 34 balls to provide the perfect support to Williamson.After Neesham’s departure it was Colin de Grandhomme who played a few big shots to ease the pressure. de Grandhomme and Williamson’s 91-run partnership took the Kiwis to within touching distance of the target before the former departed after a quickfire 60 off 47 balls.The chase turned tense after the dismissal but Williamson ensured there no upsets in the end as he guided the team past the finish line in the final over. Williamson’s 138-ball knock was laced with 9 boundaries and a six.Trust these two teams to give us a thriller!A brilliant hundred from Kane Williamson and from Colin de Grandhomme take New Zealand to a four-wicket win! #SAvNZ | #CWC19 (@ICC) June 19, 2019For the Proteas, Chris Morris grabbed 3 wickets while Kagiso Rabada, Andile Phehlukwayo and Lungi Ngidi took one each but that wasn’t enough for the South Africans to stage a comeback in the match even though it got close in the end thanks to some tight bowling but their efforts went in vain.advertisementEarlier, a tight bowling performance from New Zealand restricted South Africa to a modest total of 241-6 in their rain-delayed World Cup match at Edgbaston on Wednesday.Asked to bat first in a game that was reduced to 49 overs a side, South Africa’s batsmen, barring Hashim Amla and Rassie van der Dussen, failed to build on their starts in the face of a disciplined bowling effort from the Kiwis.South Africa had hope while Amla was at the crease but that too faded after he was bowled for 55 by Mitchell Santner in the 28th over but Van der Dussen’s unbeaten 67 gave them a respectable total.Kiwi pacer Lockie Ferguson was the pick of the bowlers, picking up three wickets, while all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme contributed with an economical spell of 1-33 in his 10 overs.Also Read | India vs Pakistan: Shoaib Akhtar, Virender Sehwag silence trolls who attacked Sania MirzaAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Pakistan announce ‘robust review’ of performance amid World Cup struggleAlso Seelast_img