South African cricket team has proven once again why they are known as chokers. The proteas team received early exit from ICC world cup 2019 after facing defeat from New Zealand in the league stage match played at Birmingham. It’s the successive occasion when South Africa are knocked out from cricket world cup facing defeat from Blackcaps.
New Zealand beat South Africa in the semi-final of 2015 world cup as well. Now defeat in 2019 world cup too for Proteas against Kiwis and they’ll definitely pack their bags to return home after their remaining league fixtures. It was an exciting game of cricket where Blackcaps registered 4 wickets victory.
Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson scored match winning hundred to guide his towards victory. He hit 8 fours and 1 six in the match. Eventually he smashed only six of his innings in the last over of the match when team required 8 from 6 balls.
Proteas set a target of 242 for NZ in 49 overs as one over was deducted from each innings of this game due time waste in wet out-field. HE van der Dussen and Hashim Amla scored half centuries for Proteas but these two couldn’t make it to hundred which was required to post good total on the board. And eventually South African innings end to 241 for the lose of 6 wickets in 49 overs.
In the chase, New Zealand team lost four early wickets under the score of 100 and South Africa was on the top of the game. But New Zealand captain Williamson was there who took the game away from them by building solid partnership with all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme who made fantastic 60 runs in 47 balls. But as he’s dismissed, the hope of Proteas players went high but Williamson was there to finish things in Blackcaps favor.
Brief Scores (Match Summary)
Toss: New Zealand won toss and chose to field
South Africa Innings: 241/6, 49 overs (Dussen- 67* runs, Amla- 55 runs, Ferguson- 3 wickets)
New Zealand Innings: 245/6, 48.3 overs (Williamson- 102* runs, Grandhomme- 60 runs, Morris- 3 wickets)
Result: New Zealand won by 4 wickets
Player of The Match: Kane Williamson