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Composed Williamson Steer New Zealand to A Nail-Biting Win

Kane Williamson scored a stable 106* and Colin de Grandhomme’s quickfire 47-ball 60 guided New Zealand to a thrilling win over South Africa on June 19 at Edgbaston, Birmingham.

New Zealand won the toss and opted to field first. Batting first, South Africa lost their in-form opener Quinton de Kock for mere 5 when Trent Boult bowled him. Captain Faf du Plessis tried to build the innings with Hashim Amla, adding 50 runs before the former got out for 23.

Hashim Amla then started to resurrect the innings with Aiden Markam. Both added 52 runs before Santner bowled Amla after he scored his first fifty in the tournament. After his dismissal, the responsibility fell on the middle order where Markam scored 38 off 55.

Rassie van der Dussen scored a 64-ball 67, including 2 boundaries and 3 sixes while Miller scored 36 off 37 and took the side to 241 after 49 overs (as the game reduced to 49 overs per side due to rain). Lockie Ferguson picked up 3 wickets while Colin de Grandhomme, Trent Boult and Mitchell Santner took 1 wicket each for the Kiwis.

Chasing the total, New Zealand also didn’t get a good start. In-form opener Colin Munro fell for mere 9 when Rabada took an easy return catch. His dismissal brought the captain Kane Williamson on the crease. Both Martin Guptill and Williamson started to build the partnership. They managed to add 60 runs before Guptill was dismissed for 35. His dismissal broke the shackle as both Ross Taylor and Tom Latham fell in quick succession and left the side struggling at 80-4 after 18.1 overs.

James Neesham supported his captain pretty well where they added 57 runs before he departed for 23. Colin de Grandhomme, however, played a blistering knock of 60 off 47 which included 5 boundaries and 2 sixes. On the other hand, Williamson stood strong at the crease, scored a patient 106 off 138, including 9 boundaries and a six, leading from the front and took them over the finish line with 3 balls to spare.

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