ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019
Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham
Date & Time: 19 June 2019
RR: 5.05 | New Zealand beat South Africa by 4 wickets
Thursday, June 20, 2019, sees Australia take on Bangladesh at Trent Bridge. The Aussies are third and a win will take them to the top but Bangladesh have a chance to show their excellent form. That surely won't be an easy game for the Aussies. Do tune in at 10.30 am local (0930 GMT) for all the action from game 26. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
Numero uno, go New Zealand! 9 points from 5 games. Does that take one foot of theirs into the semi-finals? They might like to feel so, with West Indies and Pakistan being their next fixtures. As far as South Africa are concerned, they have Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Australia next. The maximum they can reach is 9 points and they will hope that other teams at the top lose more games.
Victorious New Zealand captain, Kane Williamson, says that in the morning, the wicket was a bit soft, hence bowling first was a better option. Adds that it did look a belter and the bowlers had to adjust, which they did beautifully. On not giving Jimmy Neesham the ball in this game, Williamson says that in this case, de Grandhomme and Santner were bowling well, hence he did not feel the need to go to Jimmy. On Colin de Grandhomme's approach to batting, Williamson says that they just had a chat and from there on, Colin took it on his own. Praises de Grandhomme for playing a blinder, which Kane believes, took the game away from South Africa. Agrees that the Kiwis have done well, playing on a variety of pitches but is quick to admit that there are a few tough games coming their way and the team needs to be prepared to apply itself.
South African skipper, Faf du Plessis, says that the Proteas were aiming for 260 which would have been a great score on this wicket. Which means, he reckons, there were 20 short. Praises Williamson for showing how to bat on this wicket, by seeing off the good bowlers and targetting that one weak bowler and adds that a century in such games on such pitches make the difference. On South Africa's fielding, Faf says that the fielders and bowlers gave it their all but Kane Williamson was too good on the day. On Williamson's catch not being reviewed, du Plessis says that he was standing at long on and since there was no real appeal from either of Tahir or de Kock, they did not review. Admits that the performances have not been there from the individuals in this World Cup but the team is still fighting and stresses that it shall continue.
KANE WILLIAMSON HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH. Says that it is nice to be there at the end. Adds that the surface was a tough one to bat upon, with it holding a bit. Praises his bowlers for bowling well upfront. Also credits South Africa for bowling well. On his batting, Kane says that he just focuses on keeping out the tough balls, communicating with his partners, like if the other is playing well, then he can settle down, like it happened with Neesham and de Grandhomme. Does not want to take shine on his own performance and adds that there were plenty of other contributions which were vital in close games like these.
Tough to fault the bowlers of South Africa. They created the chances but their fielders did not support them. Chris Morris picked up 3 wickets but crucially, Imran Tahir was wicketless while Rabada and Ngidi got just one each. There was where the Kiwis played the match perfectly, seeing off the best bowler in the opposition, without giving him any wicket. Here comes the presentation...
Classic batting by Kane Williamson. On a pitch where everyone struggled, he shone brightly. There was nothing much from other batsmen - 35 from Guptill and just a 23 from Neesham. But that 60 from Colin de Grandhomme proved to be vital and their 91-run stand paved the way for the win. Williamson stood like a rock, absorbing all the pressure and being there till the end. He was the pivot in all the stands after Munro got out, ensuring that the Kiwis get home.
A day to forget for South Africa. They struggled on a sluggish pitch and mustered a half-decent score. It could have been more than decent, had their fielders taken those chances. Plenty of catches were put down, run outs were missed and misfields were done. A shoddy effort and in reality, they choked. And to sum up the entire situation, there was a moment when Kane Williamson nicked one behind in the 38th over, to de Kock, off Tahir. But no one appealed. There was a big spike shown on Ultra Edge. The skipper was on 76 then.
Kane Stuart Williamson. Take a bow. The pressure is on you, your players and your opposition. But you stand cool as a cucumber, spraying ice showers and taking your team home. In sublime fashion. Simply superb.
Last over of the match. 8 needed to win. 7 for a tie. No Super Over here. The teams share points if this is a tie. Andile Phehlukwayo to bowl. 8-0-62-1 so far. Faf du Plessis has a long chat with him. Substitute Duminy comes in to join the conversation. Umpire Ian Gould asks the Proteas to hurry up. About time. Even a normal 100-over game does not last this long. Okay. Lungi Ngidi returns to the field after a possible bathroom break. Duminy goes back. Tahir is into the ears of Phehlukwayo. Third man is up. So is fine leg. Deep backward square leg, deep mid-wicket, long on and long off are the men at the ropes. Finally, the first ball of the final over...
Mitchell Santner walks out to bat now. 14 needed off 11 balls now. He will be at the non striker's end.
Kagiso Rabada to bowl the 47th over of the game. A very crucial over this.
Lungi Ngidi is back into the attack!
FREE HIT TIME. Where is de Grandhomme going to deposit this?
Chris Morris is back into the attack. Has picked three wickets so far. Can he get one more now?
Andile Phehlukwayo back into the attack. 6-0-44-1. Faf du Plessis needs him to break this partnership.
Powerplay 3 signalled. Now 5 fielders can be placed outside the 30-yard circle till the end of this game.
Kagiso Rabada is back into the attack! 7-0-24-1 so far.
Andile Phehlukwayo is back! 5-0-35-1 his figures so far.
Imran Tahir is back on!
Colin de Grandhomme is the new man in.
Chris Morris is back! 6-0-26-2 his figures so far.
Andile Phehlukwayo back into the attack. 3-0-19-1 so far his figures.
Kagiso Rabada called back into the attack. 5-0-19-1 so far.
Lungi Ngidi is back! 4-0-21-0 so far.
Jimmy Neesham walks out to bat next. New Zealand need him to partner his skipper here and not be erratic.
Tom Latham walks out at number 5.
Chris Morris gets a change of ends. 3-0-12-0 so far.
Ross Taylor is the new man in while Imran Tahir is the new bowler.
DRINKS BREAK. Just the wicket needed by South Africa going into the break. Faf du Plessis is all smiles as he gets his team into a huddle. This is not going as per plan for the Saffas and they need Williamson quickly. They will be banking on Imran Tahir to run through the Kiwi middle order but they need their seamers to step up. New Zealand, on the other hand, have done reasonably well to lose 2 wickets in this phase. Williamson has got his eye in and he will now look to consolidate along with Ross Taylor.
Andile Phehlukwayo to start Powerplay 2.
Powerplay 2 time! Now 4 fielders can be outside the 30-yard circle till the 39th over.
Morris is not happy with the landing area and he has asked the umpire to put some sawdust in that area. The umpire signals the groundstaff and we will have a short halt here.
Chris Morris is into the attack.
Temba Bavuma is in the stands! He is not in the World Cup squad but is here at Edgbaston supporting his national team. He is currently playing county cricket for Northamptonshire.
Skipper, Kane Williamson walks out at number 3. He has been in good form in this World Cup and his team needs him to deliver once again today.
The returning Lungi Ngidi to bowl from the other end with the second new ball.
We are back for the chase! South African players are in a huddle with their skipper, Faf du Plessis having a few words before they take their positions in the field. Martin Guptill and Colin Munro walk out to start the chase for New Zealand. The former will take the strike. Kagiso Rabada to start the proceedings for South Africa with the first new ball.