Kane Williamson anchored New Zealand to a demanding four-wicket victory at Edgbaston on Wednesday after an astonishing stroke of good fortune when South Africa failed to study an edge from the Kiwi captain. The Black Caps’ skipper used to be on 76 when he were given a faint edge to a ball by means of leg-spinner Imran Tahir that Quinton de Kock took in the back of the stumps however South Africa took no motion. That call may just turn out deadly to their International Cup 2019 hopes, with the Proteas now desiring a miracle to development to the semi-finals after only one win from six suits, whilst New Zealand now most sensible the issues desk.
Previous, Martin Guptill, who were guiding New Zealand in opposition to their goal of 242 off a rain-reduced 49 overs with no less than fuss, trod on his stumps to spark a mini cave in.
The batsman, on 35, pulled Andile Phehlukwayo and ended up swivelling, best to lose his steadiness and clip his leg stump together with his foot.
Two overs later New Zealand slipped to 74-Three when Ross Taylor tickled a Chris Morris leg-side supply and De Kock took the catch in the back of the stumps. Tom Latham’s dismissal left them suffering at 80-Four.
Jimmy Neesham (23) steadied the send together with his skipper but if he used to be out, New Zealand had been again in hassle at 137-Five.
Colin de Grandhomme got here to New Zealand’s rescue, batting definitely and citing his fifty off 39 balls but if he used to be stuck within the deep for 60 by means of Du Plessis off Lungi Ngidi, Kiwi nerves had been jangling once more.
8 had been nonetheless wanted off the overall over.
However Mitchell Santner pinched a unmarried and Williamson stored his nerve, citing his century with an enormous six off the following ball after which a 4 sealed the victory.
Previous, Rassie van der Dussen gave South Africa one thing to bowl at because the Proteas struggled to 241-6 after dropping the toss.
Hashim Amla made a gradual 55 off 83 balls however Van der Dussen’s 67 now not out got here at higher than a run a ball.
All over his innings, Amla was the fourth South African to achieve eight,000 runs in one-day internationals.
He’s the second-fastest participant (176 innings) from any facet to achieve the milestone after India’s Virat Kohli (175 innings).