Kane Williamson Steers New Zealand To Thrilling Victory

Kane Williamson

Kane Williamson

Kane Williamson ton proved to be too much for South Africa

He didn’t hit a six in his innings until it was absolutely necessary; that’s New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson for you, who delivers when the going gets tough. His patient century ensured that South Africa’s chances to reach the last four of the event were as good as gone.

Proteas’ miserable World Cup continues with another loss

They came to the mega event as one of the favorites to reach the last four but South Africa has not lived up to the expectations. They could score only 241 runs for six in a match they needed to win to stay in contention for a place in the last 4. Van der Dussen scored a quickfire 67 to ensure a defendable total, but the rest of the batsmen were too slow in comparison. Lockie Ferguson’s 3 wickets ensured his side had an achievable target on their hands.

Kane Williamson was in a different league altogether

Chasing 242 to win and regain the top position at the points table was New Zealand’s top priority. However, after losing 4 wickets for 80 runs, it seemed a little difficult for the Kiwis. That’s when Kane Williamson took charge and batted patiently for a knock that would be remembered for a long time. He added 91 important runs for the sixth wicket with de Grandhomme whose 47-ball 60 kept the Kiwis in contention.

Kane Williamson Hits A Six To Seal South Africa’s Fate

He waited patiently for the right ball and when it did come his way in the last over, Kane Williamson dispatched it for a six. That six sealed South Africa’s fate in the match and also helped the Kiwi Skipper reach a century that will be remembered for a long time. Kane Williamson remained unbeaten at 106 off 138 balls and guided his side to the top of the points table with a responsible knock.

World Cup Cricket Points Table

The Kiwis have maintained their unbeaten run in the World Cup to reach the top of the Points Table. With Australia taking on Bangladesh in a crucial match today, there might be a change in the order if Aussies win. In case they lose to the Bangladeshis, they might surprise all by reaching the top four with as many points as India.

TEAM    M            W            L              PT           NRR

NZ          5              4              0              9              1.591

ENG       5              4              1              8              1.862

AUS       5              4              1              8              0.812

INDIA    4              3              0              7              1.029

BDESH   5              2              2              5              -0.27

SL            5              1              2              4              -1.778

WI          5              1              3              3              0.272

SA           6              1              4              3              -0.193

PAK        5              1              3              3              -1.933

AFG       5              0              5              0              -2.089

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