Cricket World Cup 2019: Ice-cool Kane Williamson leads New Zealand to yet another victory
Kane Williamson played one of the great World Cup innings to led his side to a tense victory over South Africa. He kept his head ice-cool to take New Zealand over the line. New Zealand captain came to bat after just 13 balls of New Zealand’s innings and proceeded to show supreme concentration for 138 balls on a testing surface against a very good South Africa attack to drag his team over the line.
Kiwi captain was aided by Colin de Grandhomme‘s impressive 60 off 47 deliveries after the New Zealand had slipped to 137-5. At one point Kane Williamson completely lost his timing and was given two lives by South Africa – a late cut off Imrans Tahir’s final ball produced a thin bottom edge through to wicket keeper Quinton De Kock and David Miller and Kagiso Rabada flunked a clear chance to run Williamson out.
South Africa now are effectively eliminated from the Cricket World Cup, squandered chances to remove both during an absorbing finale, including failing to ask for a review before replays showed Williamson had nicked Imran Tahir behind to Quinton de Kock on 76.
Match was reduced to 49 overs per side due to wet outfield that delayed the start of play by 90 minutes. Kane Williamson, after winning the toss and putting South Africa to bat, they managed to post 241-5 following Rassie van der Dussen’s 67 not out and Hashim Amla’s scratchy 55
New Zealand remain unbeaten, with four wins and a no result in their five games so far, and move back to the top of the table