Cricket

Calm Williamson secured Semi-final place for Kiwis.


After arresting a run of three straight losses with a win over Afghanistan, South Africa can ill-afford another defeat when they face New Zealand if they are to make the semifinals. Meanwhile, the Kiwis will look to consolidate their position of strength on the table and hope their middle-order can match the positives shown by their bowlers. The Proteas’ top-order finally clicked in their last match, and they’ll need much more of that to drag the semifinal race to the wire.

New Zealand opted to field first after winning the toss, with de Kock and Amla began the innings for South Africa. Boult provided an early breakthrough for Kiwis when he knocked over de Kock for 5. Amla and du Plessis put on a half-century stand for a 2nd wicket as Ferguson struck to dismiss du Plessis for 23. Amla’s half-century came off 75 balls , as his innings of 55 were undone by Santner, with South Africa reeling at 111-3 in 28th over. Markram and Dussen put on 25 runs, as Markram was undone by Grandhomme for 38. Dussen was joined by Miller and tried to increase the scoring rate. Miller made 36, as Dussen’s remained unbeaten on 67. South Africa ended up on 241/6 in 50 overs. Ferguson picked up 59/3

Chasing a modest total of 242, Munro was dismissed early on Rabada. Williamson and Guptill got together for the 2nd wicket stand, and they put on 60, as Guptill was hit wicket for 35. Taylor made 1, while Latham lasted for 1 too, as Morris picked up both price wickets. Williamson half century came off 76 balls. Neesham made 23, as he was undone by Morris, with New Zealand at 137/5. Grandhomme and Williamson joined for 6th wicket stand, as Grandhomme reached half century off 42 balls, the pair put on the match winning 91 runs stand, as Grandhomme was undone by Ngidi for 60. Williamson raced to his magnificent ton off 137 balls, as New Zealand chased down the target in the last over, winning the game by 4 wickets. Morris picked up 49/3.

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