New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson once again proved that he has been the most consistent player in the squad after smashing an unbeaten 106 off 138 balls which guided New Zealand to victory over South Africa on June 20. Williamson played a sturdy knock, taking his time at the crease, as the rain hit game was reduced to 49 overs, following water logging in the field.
Williamson smashed nine fours and one six, bringing up his century with a huge six in the last ball of the 48th over. The game saw seven sixes in total from both the sides, three from New Zealand and four from South Africa. This was the second consecutive game where a skipper brought up his century with a six, Eoin Morgan doing it against Afghanistan, where he smashed a record number of 17 sixes and Kane Williamson in the match against the Proteas. Watch all the sixes of the New Zealand-South Africa clash here:
New Zealand all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme swung his way through the match as he played some breathtaking shots to score 60 runs off 42 balls with five fours and two sixes along with picking up one wicket. Lockie Ferguson made an unmissable impression with the ball as he grabbed three wickets, including a delivery that left South African skipper Faf DuPlessis bewildered and beaten at all ends. Watch the delivery here:
South Africa's top order once again failed to fire, with runs coming in only from Hashim Amla (55) and Rassie van der Dussen (67), as they set a target of 241, which was chased down by New Zealand with almost three balls to spare.
South Africa's chances in the tournament, at present, looks very bleak as they have lost four out of the five games played in addition to a game being washed out. With just 3 points so far, the Proteas are once again the victims of the 'choker' tag. New Zealand, on the other hand, are sitting comfortably on top of the table with four victories in five matches.
South Africa will next face Sri Lanka on 28 June as they will look to try and revive their campaign. New Zealand will face West Indies on 22 June, as they look to keep their winning trot going.