Akshay Ramesh EdgbastonJune 20, 2019UPDATED: June 20, 2019 09:03 IST World Cup 2019: Kane Williamson’s unbeaten hundred helped New Zealand clinch a thriller vs South Africa on Wednesday (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSouth Africa slumped to their 4th loss of World Cup 2019 on WednesdayKane Williamson’s unbeaten hundred helped New Zealand gun down a 242-run targetSouth Africa captain spoke about the feeling in the dressing room after yet another heartbreaking loss South Africa captain Faf du Plessis opened up about the game-changing over of Imran Tahir wherein Kane Williamson was handed a reprieve in New Zealand’s tense chase of 242 in their ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 on Wednesday.Both teams were sloppy in the field in New Zealand’s thrilling win but South Africa’s errors cost them more as they did not put a lot on the board on a sluggish track at Edgbaston in Birmingham.New Zealand vs South Africa, World Cup 2019: Highlights | ReportImran Tahir’s 38th over just summed up South Africa’s campaign as they handed well-set New Zealand batsmen Kane Williamson and Colin de Grandhomme a reprieve each, letting their much-win match slip away.While David Miller missed a couple of tough chances — one each against Williamson and Grandhomme in Tahir’s over, South Africa failed to notice a faint edge off Williamson’s bat in the final ball of the over. Tahir was excited but neither was wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock who took the catch or captain du Plessis. Williamson was batting on 76 when South Africa shied away from taking the review.Replays confirmed the edge but Williamson carried on and scored a fine hundred to all but knock South Africa out of the World Cup.”We weren’t aware of it. I think I was at long on at the time, and Quinny is the closest to the action. He’s always my go to man,” Faf du Plessis said.”I just thought it was a plain miss. I just heard about it now at the post match that he said he had a nick on it. But even Kane [Williamson] said he didn’t know he had to fine tune it. He would have referred it. But that’s not where the game was won and lost.”advertisementFeeling 5 years older: Faf du PlessisWhen 8 runs were needed off the last over, Williamson smashed Andile Phehlukwayo for six to bring up his hundred in the final over showcasing his ice-cool temperament in a tense chase.On the other hand, there was disappointment for South Africa who have had a woeful campaign in World Cup 2019. Having lost 4 out of their 6 matches, South Africa’s chances of making the semi-finals are all but over after their recent 4-wicket loss to New Zealand.Shedding light on the emotions in the dressing room, Faf du Plessis said: “You know, it’s tough now. Like you can feel in the dressing room, the guys are hurting. I’m feeling five years older. My body is really sore after that.”So we left everything out there, and that’s all I can ask for as a captain, that the guys fought. They showed that.”Also Read | Shikhar Dhawan out of World Cup 2019, Rishabh Pant named replacementAlso Read | India vs Afghanistan World Cup 2019, Weather Update: Will rain play spoilsport in Southampton?Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Kane WilliamsonFollow Faf Du PlessisFollow Imran TahirFollow New Zealand vs South AfricaFollow ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Next New Zealand vs South Africa: Kane Williamson non-review wasn’t the turning point, says Faf du PlessisICC World Cup 2019, New Zealand vs South Africa: Kane Williamson was handed a reprieve when he was batting on 76 as South Africa failed to notice an edge off his behind in a caught-behind appeal. Williamson went on to make a hundred and handed South Africa their 4th loss in 6 matches in the tournament. advertisement
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