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New Zealand vs South Africa, ICC World Cup 2019, highlights: Williamson 100, de Grandhomme blitz edges NZ over SA in humdinger

New Zealand vs South Africa, ICC World Cup 2019: Follow highlights of New Zealand vs South Africa World Cup match at Birmingham

By HT Correspondent | Jun 20, 2019 00:48 IST

New Zealand vs South Africa, ICC World Cup 2019, as it happened: The leader steps up, the leader shows the way, the leader anchors the innings and the leader wins the match. It was pressure, not for the skipper Kane Williamson, he believed, smacked a 6 to go to his century and then tapped one to third man to seal the match.

Follow South Africa vs New Zealand highlights here:


00:26 hrs IST

Kane, willing and able

The leader steps up, the leader shows the way, the leader anchors the innings and the leader wins the match. It was pressure, not for the skipper, he believed, smacked a 6 to go to his century and then tapped one to third man to seal the match.

00:16 hrs IST

Kane can!

Waits for the slower ball, angles the face of the bat and runs it past short third man, finds the boundary. SA in despair, NZ need 8 off the final ball

00:10 hrs IST

Another twist?

Well, finally SA hold on to a catch, Faf takes in at long off, de Grandhomme tries to go all the way, does not time it and is caught by the skipper at long off. Is there life in this match?

00:08 hrs IST

2 overs remain

14 runs needed, 12 balls remain. de Grandhomme could finish this in one over. Williamson is very close to his century. This partnership is worth 91. NZ are firm favourites right now

23:57 hrs IST

50 for de Grandhomme

He flicks an angled ball over mid-wicket and gets a boundary. 50 has been raised and this has been an innings of all power and class. He has changed the complexion of this match all by himself and now New Zealand should believe that can clinch this one

23:49 hrs IST

200 for NZ

de Grandhomme is playing a decisive innings here, he has injected momentum into this chase and New Zealand have crossed 200. They are the favourites now. Kane Williamson looks in control, well when has he ever looked hassled?

23:38 hrs IST

SA wilting away here

A couple of dropped catches, a missed run out, a catch not referred, these last 40 minutes have not worked for South Africa and de Grandhomme has walked out and taken the match by the scruff of its neck and turned it in New Zealand’s favour

23:27 hrs IST

de Grandhomme on the attack

29 runs off 20 deliveries, de Grandhomme is on the move, 2 sixes already, he is asking what is this fuss all about. South Africa need to get rid of him, or else he can race away with this chase

23:03 hrs IST

Morris strikes

He has been the man for Faf. Returns with the ball runs up, bowls a cross seam delivery angled across Neesham who nicks it to Amla at wide first slip. This game is alive and kicking, South Africa are not going anywhere, anytime soon

22:52 hrs IST

This match is getting tight

South Africa are keeping things really tight, not allowing New Zealand to sprint away with the chase and this is where the asking rate keeps climbing. Williamson will keep batting, Neesham could be the man to play a few more strokes

22:29 hrs IST

Tahir keeping it tight

Excellent bowling this from South Africa, they are piling on the dots and the asking rate is escalating all the time. New Zealand have to keep churning the strike over

22:20 hrs IST

100 up for New Zealand

After three quick wickets, Neesham and Williamson have managed to steady the ship. New Zealand raise 100, but South Africa are building pressure here.

22:00 hrs IST

Now Latham departs

Superb bowling by Chris Morris, he has found the rhythm. Lands the ball on the perfect length, gets it to nip away a touch, Latham prods and he nicks it behind. South Africa have come back roaring in this contest, New Zealand under some serious strife here

21:51 hrs IST

Taylor departs

Morris bowls an absolute filthy ball down the leg side, Taylor wants to clip it away, gets the inside half of the bat and is caught down the leg side by Quinton de Kock. South Africa have made a comeback into this contest. This match is back alive and kicking.

21:42 hrs IST

Guptill departs, SA find some luck

Finally, some luck for the Proteas. It was short ball by Phehlukwayo, Guptill swivels, pulls it away and then slips as he attempts a run and kicks the stumps. He cannot believe it, but has to trudge back to the pavilion. Lucky break for South Africa, this.

21:16 hrs IST

Good phase for New Zealand

After the ear;y dismissal of Colin Munro, Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson have found their groove and are currently cruising along. South Africa need to separate this duo as quickly as possible.

21:05 hrs IST

Guptill looking good

Martin Guptill is looking very positive, he has got off the blocks pretty quickly and is timing the ball nicely. South Africa have to keep chipping away at the wickets if they aim to make a comeback in this game

20:44 hrs IST

Munro departs

After two cracking boundaries, Colin Munro has been plucked out by Kagiso Rabada. The ball was short of a good length, it was angled in, tucked Munro up as he looked to nudge it away, inside edge on to the thigh pads and the balls lobs up enough for Rabada to run up and take the catch on his follow through. Just the start South Africa wanted.

20:23 hrs IST

Chase begins

Colin Munro and Martin Guptill are out there. Kagiso Rabada has the new ball, he charges in, he has to break the game wide open up front if South Africa have to compete in this game.

Let’s go.

20:03 hrs IST

15 runs off the last over, SA end with 241/6

South Africa were asked to bat first under overcast skies and on a tricky pitch and they never got going. Boult got rid of de Kock and then Henry and Ferguson did not allow Faf du Plessis and Hashim Amla to break free. Amla crawled to a 50 and as he departed, South Africa found no momentum in the side and despite a scratchy performance by New Zealand on the field, their bowlers did a brilliant job by restricting South Africa to what looks like a below-par total. Dussen was star with the bat as he batted through to the end and few lusty hits later on helped South Africa post this competitive total on the board.

20:03 hrs IST

Fielding has not been top notch

For all their efforts with the ball, New Zealand have not been good in the field. Two easy catches have been dropped and this is the only favour they have offered to South Africa.

19:53 hrs IST

Phehlukwayo departs

It was a full ball which deserved to be put away, Phehlukwayo makes room, tries to smack it over mid off, does not time it and lobs it to Kane Williamson. Not a very good delivery, but Ferguson has been brilliant all day, he can take a consolation wicket.

19:40 hrs IST

And now Miller departs

Ferguson bowls it short and wide, Miller makes room, wants to slash that ball over third man, does not get the required timing, Boult runs around and this time holds on to the catch safely. Huge blow for South Africa as the left-hander was getting the momentum

19:38 hrs IST

Miller goes bang

Finally, the left-hander breaks free, he has to go and play huge innings here for South Africa to finish on a high. Dussen too has to play his part. South Africa need to aim for a score in excess of 260 on this pitch which is quite tricky

19:16 hrs IST

Excellent from New Zealand

There has been a top class bowling performance by the Kiwis, they have not allowed South Africa any breathing space and this innings is just meandering along. Who will give it the final kick?

19:00 hrs IST

Markram falls

He races down the track, tries to slash de Grandhomme, skews it to deep cover and has to long walk back to pavilion. South Africa need a final push, but who will get the job done? New Zealand have been relentless all day today

18:31 hrs IST

Markram has to bat deep

Aiden Markram has faced 46 deliveries, is on 32 and now needs to cash in and bat deep into the innings. He has to be the man to bat right through and lead South Africa to a competitive score. He has looked far more settled after a jittery start.

18:22 hrs IST

Amla departs

Length ball angled in, and then it turns, beats the prod of Hashim Amla and takes the stumps. An absolute ripper from Santner gets rid of the set Amla and now South Africa are under pressure. The relentless pressure has finally paid off for New Zealand

18:11 hrs IST

50 for Amla

He was not in good form, was asked to bat first on a tricky pitch and against Boult, Henry, Ferguson. Well, and then he stamped his class all over. Yes, he was beaten, yes, it was tough, but Amla has fought through it and now notches up a 50. A very critical innings for him, a very critical innings for South Africa.

18:02 hrs IST

Pressure is on

New Zealand are not allowing any freebies and this is forcing this pair to look for quick singles, which can be tight if the fielders hit the stumps. New Zealand right on top at the moment, SA need to break the shackles

17:48 hrs IST

Spin introduced

Mitchell Santner has been introduced into the attack. Markram is still finding his feet while Amla is looking far more secure. Another interesting phase coning up

17:30 hrs IST

Fire from Ferguson

Woff, that was fire, absolute thunderbolt, full, straight and aimed at the stumps. Faf was beated for pace, he was beaten... period. The stumps are rattled and after negating the tricky phase, the skipper has to take the long walk back

17:22 hrs IST

8000 runs for Hashim Amla

He becomes the second fastest after Virat Kohli to reach this feat. Amla gets there in 176 innings, while the Indian captain notched up the feat in 175 innings. He has looked very fluent today and is combating the seing ball very well.

17:16 hrs IST

Top cricket

The ball is moving around, the batsmen are getting beaten but then are also punishing the loose deliveries. South Africa have negated the early phase, but they cannot afford to relax as this ball is still moving around and New Zealand have been relentless so far.

17:03 hrs IST

Amla on the move

Delicious batting this from the mighty Hash! Boult throws it full and wide and that bat crashes the ball through covers. Boult then comes from around the wicket, angles the ball in and is thumped back down the ground with absolute aplomb.

17:00 hrs IST

Ball is hooping around

Boult and Henry are making the ball talk, this is tough for Faf and Amla, they are digging in, but well, these Kiwi bowlers are mighty skilful. This requires proper Test match temperament, and it makes it a riveting watch

16:50 hrs IST

Henry follows it up

Henry is doing a good follow up job. He gives away only 3 runs from his third over and South Africa are at 18 for 1 after the first 5. Amla and du Plessis have their task cut out.

16:46 hrs IST

Terrific from Boult

Top stuff from Trent Boult. It is really a difficult task to face him with the new ball when conditions are like today’s, it can be even more difficult as the South African bowlers are finding out.

16:37 hrs IST

Boult strikes

BOWLED! What a ripper from Trent Boult, de Kock had no answer to that. Full and straight, tailing in, no foot movement from de Kock and the ball crashes onto the leg stump. New Zealand strike early.

14:30 hrs IST

Players out in the middle

The South African openers are out in the centre. De Kock will face the first ball, which is in Matt Henry’s hand.

16:15 hrs IST

What the captains said

Kane Williamson, New Zealand captain: looks like there is going to be some weather around. Same side for us. We are coming from a long break. The guys are ready to go. We thought about Nicholls, Sodhi, but stuck to the same team for this game. The past record against South Africa is irrelevant. We know every time we play against South Africa it’s going to be a tough game.

Faf du Plessis, South Africa captain: We would have bowled as well. There is a bit of blue sky, hopefully the ball will come on nicely to the bat. They are a good team, they have been playing some good cricket. We need to be on top of our game to beat them. The previous game was really good for us, there was a real intensity from the team. Hopefully we can do something similar today.

16:07 hrs IST

Playing XIs

South Africa (Playing XI): Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock(w), Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis(c), Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir

New Zealand (Playing XI): Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham(w), James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult

16:05 hrs IST

Team news

New Zealand are playing with the same team. There is one change for South Africa, a fit-again Lungi Ngidi comes back into the side.

16:02 hrs IST


New Zealand win the toss and opt to bowl first against South Africa.

15:45 hrs IST

49-over game

So the game has been reduced to a 49-overs a side contest.


15:38 hrs IST

Toss at 4 pm

The umpires are happy with conditions and the official broadcasters say the toss will take place at 4 pm IST.

15:30 hrs IST

Conditions improving

It’s way brighter than it was half an hour ago. The umpires are out there and they too look positive. It shouldn’t be long before we get an official word about the toss. Another good news, Faf du Plessis comes out to warm-up with a bat in his hand, coach Ottis Gibson and Kagiso Rabada follow him, South Africa desperately want a game here.

15:00 hrs IST

Next inspection at 3:30 pm IST

Right, the next inspection will be at 3:30 pm. “The story is we have inspected and it has improved without doubt. It has given us hope. It hasn’t stopped raining for the best part of the week, there are wet patches on the field and greasy - hopefully, the sun comes out. Basically it’s the wet outfield - the entire outfield. We’re giving the groundsmen the best time to prepare the field,” said the umpires.

14:50 hrs IST

Inspection going on

Umpires Ian Gould and Nigel Llong are currently inspecting the ground. They don’t look particularly pleased by the look of things. They also spoke with the ground staff, it looks like there are some concerns on the uncovered area of the ground. Kevin Pietersen says, “The whole ground needs to be covered.”

14:35 hrs IST

Update at 2:45 IST

The official broadcasters say there will be an update at 2:45 IST. At the moment, the pitch is being rolled, it looks fine. Maybe some concerns in the outfield. South Africa cannot afford another washout. They need to win all their remaining matches to qualify for the semi-finals.


14:25 hrs IST

Toss delayed

Just as we talk, the official confirmation has come that the toss has been delayed due to wet outfield. However, it shouldn’t be a long delay as the covers have been taken off completely and there are not wet patches at the moment.

14:20 hrs IST

Umpires out there

The covers are still on. Meanwhile the umpires are out their having a chat with Faf du Plessis and Kane Williamson. Hopefully the ground staff will be able to make the ground ready in time.

14:12 hrs IST

Stat attack

24: runs required by Hashim Amla to complete 8000 ODI runs. He will become the 4th South African to do so in ODIs.

2: If Amla gets to 8000 ODI runs in his next innings, he will become the 2nd fastest to do so in ODIs. He will have then taken 176 innings to reach; Kohli with 175 is the fastest.

1: Tom Blundell will be making his ODI debut if he features in the next match.

1: If Kane Williamson scores one more fifty/century, it will his 50th 50-plus score in ODIs. He currently has 49 fifty-plus scores (11 centuries, 38 fifties) in ODIs.

93: more runs required by Martin Guptill to complete 1000 runs in the World Cup. Will become only the 2nd New Zealander to do so after Stephen Fleming (1075 runs). If we scores 3 more runs, he will become the 2nd highest NZ run getter in World Cup matches. Guptill has 907 runs currently; Scott Styris with 909 is the 2nd highest.

9: more runs and David Miller will complete 3000 ODI runs.

42: more runs required by Colin de Grandhomme to complete 500 ODI runs.

34: more runs required by Rassie van der Dussen to complete 500 ODI runs.

14:00 hrs IST

Venue insights

Highest team total: 408/9 by England vs New Zealand in 2015

Lowest team total: 70 by Australia vs England in 1977

Highest individual score: 171* by Glenn Turner (NZ) vs East Africa in 1975.

Best bowling figures: 6/52 by Josh Hazlewood (AUS) vs New Zealand in 2017

Biggest partnership: 256* by Alex Hales and Jason Roy (ENG) vs Sri Lanka for the 1st wicket in 2016

13:45 hrs IST

Player battles

Kane Williamson vs Kagiso Rabada

Ross Taylor vs Imran Tahir

Hashim Amla vs Trent Boult

Quinton De Kock vs Lockie Ferguson

Colin Munro vs Lungi Ngidi (Read the full story here)

13:35 hrs IST

Covers on

There is no rain at the moment but the covers are on and the ground staff are working hard with a couple of supper soppers also doing the rounds. Doesn’t look too bad, might just be a delayed start but nothing official yet.

13:20 hrs IST

Predicted XIs

South Africa Predicted XI: Quinton de Kock, Hashim Amla, Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Imran Tahir, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi.

New Zealand predicted XI: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham(wk), James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Ish Sodhi, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult

13:04 hrs IST

Light rain on the cards

There are forecasts of light rain in the morning but it is expected to clear out and should not really create a problem in getting a full-game.

12:50 hrs IST

A revenge or road to table top?

Hello and welcome to the live coverage of the New Zealand vs South Africa World cup match at Birmingham. The last time these two sides met in a World Cup, sparks flew, emotions knew no bound as new Zealand emerged as the winner to advance to the final. South Africa will look to avenge that loss but their recent form isn’t that good. New Zealand, on the other hand, will see this as an opportunity to reclaim the top spot.