Twitter Reactions: Captain Kane Williamson drills another nail in the coffin of South Africa’s semis hopes

Twitter Reactions: Captain Kane Williamson drills another nail in the coffin of South Africa’s semis hopes

The Kiwis' skipper didn't lose his cool and guided Kiwis to its fourth victory.

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The Edgbaston in Birmingham was a witness to a closely-fought encounter between New Zealand and South Africa. In the end, the Black Caps got home by four wickets and reclaimed the top spot on the points table courtesy of skipper Kane Williamson’s 12th century in the ODI format. The Proteas simply couldn’t find the light at the end of the tunnel with their fourth defeat in World Cup 2019.

Rassie and Amla shines for the Proteas

After winning the toss and electing to field first, New Zealand did an excellent job and restricted the Proteas to 241 in their 50 overs. Trent Boult castled Quinton de Kock to strike first blood. Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis tried to put their heads down and added 50 for the second wicket. Lockie Ferguson bowled a superb Yorker to send back Du Plessis for 23. Hashim Amla returned to form with an 83-ball 55.

He also built a stand of 52 with Aiden Markram after which Mitchell Santner got his number. Markram churned out a well-fought 38 but fell prey to Colin de Grandhomme. Meanwhile, Rassie van der Dussen looked the best of the lot, having scored 67 off 64 with two boundaries and three sixes. David Miller also contributed with a 37-ball 36. For the Kiwis, Ferguson was the most successful with three wickets.

Kane Williamson holds his nerves

The run-chase didn’t start on a great note for the Kiwis as Kagiso Rabada removed Colin Munro in the second over. Thereafter, Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson put on 60 runs together. Andile Phehlukwayo broke the stand as Guptill got out hit-wicket after scoring 35 with five fours. Speedster Chris Morris inflicted a couple of body blows as Ross Taylor and Tom Latham could get one run each.

James Neesham joined his captain in the middle and built a stand of 57 off 85 balls. Morris picked his third wicket in the form of Neesham, who scored 23, to separate the duo. Colin de Grandhomme brought up his half-century in 39 balls. He perished to Lungi Ngidi for a well-made 60. However, Williamson notched his ton, depositing Phehlukwayo over mid-wicket and sealed the fate of the game.

Here is how Twitter reacted to the close game