Kane Williamson played a captain's knock against South Africa (Image Credit: Getty)
Kane Williamson's unbeaten 106 off 138 deliveries while chasing a stiff target of 242 set by South Africa at Edgbaston in Birmingham turned out to be a match winning knock as New Zealand managed to upstage Proteas comprehensively in the end to go top on the points table. South Africa played their heart out but was overshadowed by some stupendous all-around performance from the team in form. With this loss, South Africa have been knocked out of this mega event and their losing streak against Kiwis is set to continue for a minimum of four years.
00:35 hrs IST: Kane Williamson has been awarded as the man-of-the-match and that's it from us. Hope you enjoyed our coverage as much as we did to bring this to you. Do join us for tomorrow's game as Australia take on Bangladesh at Trent Bridge. Till then, it's goodbye from Vedant and Aseem. Keep cheering and enjoy the World Cup.
00:24 hrs IST: RESULT: New Zealand beat South Africa by 4 wickets (Kane Williamson 106*, Chris Morris 3/49)
00:25 hrs IST: CENTURY! SKIPPER KNOCK! He played calmly and got his side over the line. 12th ODI ton.
00:17 hrs IST: Pressure! Pressure! 8 needed off 6 balls!
00:10 hrs IST: WICKET! It was a slower one from Lungi and Colin de Grandhomme smashed it straight into the hands of long on fielder. Sixth wicket DOWN. Is there a twist in this game?
00:08 hrs IST: A good over under pressure from Rabada. Just 3 runs from it. New Zealand need 14 off the last two overs. After 47 overs, it's 228/5.
00:00 hrs IST: Just 18 needed off the last three overs. This has been a clinical performance from New Zealand. They are set to stay unbeaten in the tournament. After 46 overs, it's 225/5.
23:53 hrs IST: 200-up for New Zealand and they are getting close to the set target. Will South Africa get knocked out of the tournament today? Well, the morale is getting down. Also, Colin de Grandhomme gets to second half century. After 44 overs, it's 211/5.
23:43 hrs IST: The equation has come down to 46 runs off 42 balls. After 42 overs, it's 196/5.
23:33 hrs IST: 40 overs done! South Africa isn't getting wickets and New Zealand are adding runs every over. After 40 overs, it's 184/5.
23:23 hrs IST: New Zealand is edging towards the target. South Africa need to break this partnership if they are fancying their chances in this game. After 38 overs, it's 173/5.
23:13 hrs IST: Kane Williamson is showing his class in chase. When half side is back to the pavilion, he is taking is time and making things looking easy at his end. With 14 overs remaining Kiwi need less than 100. After 35 overs, it's 156/5.
23:00 hrs IST: WICKET! South Africa was in need of a wicket badly, and Chris Morris provided the all-important breakthrough. Neesham, who had played 30 odd delivery departs. Kane Williamson will now be joined by a new partner. After 32.2 overs, it's 136/5.
22:58 hrs IST: 50-run partnership between Kane Williamson and Jimmy Neesham. They are now looking well in touch. After 32 overs, it's 136/4.
22:51 hrs IST: Just 1 run of it. After 31 overs, it's 125/4.
22:46 hrs IST: After 30 overs, New Zealand find themselves at 124/4. With skipper still at the crease, it's fair to say that team is on driver's seat.
22:37 hrs IST: FIFTY! A single onto the on side and that's fifty for New Zealand skipper, Kane Williamson. A well deserved fifty. After 28 overs, 115/4.
22:33 hrs IST: Four runs from the over. Kiwi skipper nears fifty. After 27 overs, it's 109/4.
22:30 hrs IST: Another good over for South Africa, just two runs from it. After 26 overs, it's 105/4.
22:27 hrs IST: A maiden over from Lungi Ngidi. After 25 overs, it's 103/4.
22:22 hrs IST: Just one run from the over. After 24 overs, it's 103/4.
22:18 hrs IST: 100-up for New Zealand in 22. 4 overs. Kane Williamson and Neesham are ticking ones and twos at the moment and scoreboard is moving. After 23 overs, it's 102/4. With 26 overs remaining, Kiwis require 140 runs.
22:07 hrs IST: The first 20 overs are done and dusted and South Africa is slightly ahead in the game, picking four important wickets and not giving much runs. After 20 overs, it's 86/4.
22:04 hrs IST: A wicket and four runs from the over. After 19 overs, it's 84/4.
22:01 hrs IST: WICKET! Another wicket down. Tom Latham gets a slight nip and through to the keeper. Tom departs for 1 and Chris Morris picks his second. The wickets are falling like a pack of cards here.
21:58 hrs IST: After two quick wickets, Africa is not letting any easy runs for New Zealand. However, with Kane Williamson still at the crease, New Zealand will be fancying their chances. After 18 overs, it's 80/3.
21:50 hrs IST: WICKET! Another wicket down. Taylor gets a slight nip and through to the keeper. Taylor departs for 1 and Chris Morris picks his first. After 16.1 overs, it's 74/3.
21:42 hrs IST: WICKET! Oh dear! How unfortunate has Martin Guptill been there? He was playing so well but gets hit wicket. Second wicket down for New Zealand.
21:38 hrs IST: The wicket is certainly tough for the batsmen. The runs have been hard to come by, but New Zealand know their target and playing accordingly. After 14 overs, it's 61/1.
21:28 hrs IST: 50-up for New Zealand in 11.3 overs. New Zealand is slowly and steadily building and getting close to the target.
21:19 hrs IST: Two runs from the over. After 10 overs, it's 43/1.
21:10 hrs IST: After 9 overs, New Zealand are 41/1
21:05 hrs IST: Single on the last ball, NZ are 33/1 after 7 overs with Guptill (19) and Williamson (3) out in the middle
21:02 hrs IST: Three boundaries off the over, NZ are 32/1 after 6 overs
20:58 hrs IST: With the end of 5th over, New Zealand are 19/1
20:55 hrs IST: Just two runs off the over, NZ are 17/1 after 4 overs
20:48 hrs IST: After 3 overs, New Zealand are 15/1 with Williamson and Guptill at crease
20:45 hrs IST: First delivery of the third over, Rabada picks Munro's wicket
20:44 hrs IST: Only 3 runs added to the total, NZ are 12/0 after 2 overs
20:38 hrs IST: Back-to-back boundaries to Rabada by Munro, New Zealand are 9/0 after 1 over
20:36 hrs IST: FOUR! by Colin Munro to Kasigo Rabada in the first over
20:05 hrs IST: INNINGS BREAK: South Africa 241/6 in 49 overs vs New Zealand (Van der Dussen 67, Lockie Ferguson 3/59)
20:00 hrs IST: SIX on the first ball followed by two singles and three dot balls. Eight came from the second last over. After 48 overs, it's 226/6.
19:57 hrs IST: DROPPED! Another one down. New Zealand team has been sloppy in field today. Drops van de Dussen for 56.
19:52 hrs IST: WICKET! Straight into the hands of the fielder. Andile departs for DUCK! Sixth wicket down. Lockie picks his third. After 47 overs, it's 218/6.
19:51 hrs IST: FIFTY! Van de Dussen gets to his sixth ODI fifty. He has looked most settled for South Africa today.
19:49 hrs IST: Another good over from Trent Boult. He has been able to hit the deck hard, and continue to bowl in right line. After 216/5.
19:38 hrs IST: 18.104.22.168.WICKET! Ferguson bowled a short of a length delivery and Miller gets a top edge - straight into the hands of third man fielder. OUT for 36. After 44.5 overs, it's 208/5.
19:36 hrs IST: BIG over for South Africa. The duo has finally decided to go after the New Zealand bowling. 11 came from the over. After 44 overs, it's 198/4.
19:31 hrs IST: Four singles from the over. After 43 overs, it's 187/4.
19:28 hrs IST: Good over for Proteas. 10 came from it. More importantly, van de Dussen finally went down the track to smash first six of the innings. After 42 overs, it's 183/4.
19:25 hrs IST: Add another four runs to the total. After 41 overs, it's 173/4. South African batsmen consuming a lot many deliveries at the moment.
19:20 hrs IST: 40 overs done! And New Zealand has been right on top. With 9 overs remaining, South Africa would want to add at least 100 runs. It's 169/4.
19:15 hrs IST: Ones and twos - That's what Proteas seems to have in tank right now. 7 runs came from it. After 39 overs, it's 166/4.
19:11 hrs IST: The partnership between two has notched upto 23 runs off 33 balls. Three came from Ferguson's seventh over. After 38 overs, it's 159/4.
19:07 hrs IST: 150-up for South Africa. It took them 36.1 overs to reach that feat. With van der Dussen and Miller still at the crease, South Africa will be hoping for a turnaround. After 37 overs, it's 156/4.
19:03 hrs IST: Four runs from the over. After 36 overs, it's 149/4.
18:57 hrs IST: Colin de Grandhomme has been the most economical bowler in New Zealand line up. In his 9 overs, he has given just 26 runs and picked one crucial wicket. After 35 overs, it's 145/4.
18:51 hrs IST: 34 overs bowled and all South Africa has managed is 140 runs. With just 15 overs remaining, they need to up the scoring rate, otherwise, New Zealand will take the game away from them.
18:47 hrs IST: WICKET! Colin de Grandhomme deserved this wicket. He has been economical and not given the batsmen anything. And this was also coming for Markram, who looked fidgety since the fall of Amla. He walks down the wicket and looks to go over mid-off, but the ball seams away enough to take the outer half of the blade and balloon towards sweeper cover. Munro runs forward and takes it comfortably. Departs for 38. After 33 overs, it's 137/4.
18:41 hrs IST: Kane Williamson introduced Trent Boult back into the attack and was welcomed with a superlative boundary through the cover region on second ball of the spell. Eight runs from the over. After 32 overs, it's 135/3.
18:35 hrs IST: DROPPED! Trent Boult drops Markaram on 32. Colin de Grandhomme bowls a short of a length delivery, Markaram tried to pull it over square leg fielder, but finds Boult. However, he gets lucky to get dropped. Will it affect the scenario of the game? - We'll find out soon. After 31 overs, it's 127/3.
18:33 hrs IST: For the first time in 30 overs, the run rate has gone over four. Good signs for Suth Africa, but the management would want this to continue. After 30 overs, it's 123/3.
18:29 hrs IST: South African batsmen are just not able to find gaps. Kane Williamson has set up the field beautifully to keep opposition on backfoot. After 29 overs, it's 115/3.
18:23 hrs IST: WICKET! Oh dear! After consuming 83 balls for 55 runs, Amla departs! He lost his concentration in the middle, and eventually lost his wicket. Mitchell Santner picks his first. After 27.4 overs, it's 111/3.
18:19 hrs IST: As many balls runs in this over. After 27 overs, it's 108/2. With just 22 overs remaining, Amla and Markaram need to up the scoring rate if they are fancying their chances in this game.
18:14 hrs IST: 100-up for Proteas in 26th over. It's 102/2.
18:12 hrs IST: FIFTY! Hasim Amla gets to his 38th ODI fifty against New Zealand. It wouldn't be wrong to say that he had to work for this innings. After 25 overs, it's 98/2.
18:08 hrs IST: Boundary for South Africa after a long time. Proteas are slowly and steadly getting back on track. After 24 overs, it's 91/2.
18:05 hrs IST: Colin de Gradhomme has been able to maintain that pressure by bowling in the right areas. South Africa batsmen have struggled to open their arms against some class bowling After 23 overs, it's 84/2.
18:00 hrs IST: Four runs came from Santner's third over. After 22 overs, it's 79/2.
17:56 hrs IST: The first 20 overs belong to New Zealand. They have not let South Africa score some easy runs, which eventually has put pressure on them. After 20 overs, it's 73/2.
17:52 hrs IST: At this stage, South African batsmen have been consuming a lot many deliveries. They are going at 3.74 runs per over, which is way below to their set standards. After 19 overs, it's 71/2.
17:48 hrs IST: Three runs from it. After 18 overs, it's 69/2.
17:43 hrs IST: Kiwis celebrating Faf du Plessis' wicket
17:42 hrs IST: Another good over from Colin. Just one came from it. After 17 overs, it's 66/2.
17:40 hrs IST: Ones and twos, and that's what South Africa has at the moment. After 16 overs, it's 65/2.
17:35 hrs IST: Just one came from Colin de Grandhomme's over. After 15 overs, it's 60/2.
17:31 hrs IST: WICKET! Knocked him over. That was an unplayable ball from Ferguson. South African skipper departs after yet another start.
17:30 hrs IST: It's 50-run partnership between two most experienced players in South Africa camp. The runs have started to flow. After 13.5 overs, it's 59/1.
17:24 hrs IST: 50-up for South Africa in 13 overs. Faf du Plessis showing his class. After 13 overs, it's 51/1.
17:17 hrs IST: A maiden over from Matt Henry. After 11 overs, it's 40/1.
17:12 hrs IST: The first 10 overs belong to New Zealand. They came with a set plan and have been able to execute it perfectly. After 10 overs, it's 40/1.
17:07 hrs IST: At the end of nine overs, Hashim Amla has been the aggressor in the partnership. Faf du Plessis is still taking his time in the middle. After 9 overs, it's 31/1.
16:55 hrs IST: With the end of 6th over, South Africa are 20/1 with Amla and du Plessis
16:50 hrs IST: Only 3 runs added on the board, RSA are 15/1 after 4 overs
16:44 hrs IST: After 3 overs, South Africa are 12/1 with du Plessis and Amla at crease
16:36 hrs IST: BOWLED! Quinton de Kock departs at 5, South Africa lose its first wicket
16:35 hrs IST: FOUR! First boundary by Hashim Amla to Matt Henry, RSA are 5/0 after 1 over
16:13 hrs IST:
16:08 hrs IST: Here are the playing XI for two sides:
New Zealand: (Playing XI): Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham(w), James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult
South Africa (Playing XI): Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock(w), Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis(c), Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir
16:00 hrs IST: TOSS: New Zealand opt to bowl against South AFrica
15:38 hrs IST: We have some good news coming from the centre. The TOSS is scheduled to happen at 16:00 hrs IST.
15:07 hrs IST:
The umpires have judged the outfield is too wet to begin.— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 19, 2019
There will be a further inspection at 11AM 🙏#CWC19
15:02 hrs IST: The two umpires first have a word with Kane Williamson and New Zealand and then walk over to do the same with Faf du Plessis. The pitch inspection at 15:30 PM.
14:25 hrs IST: We are five minutes away from the toss and know what - it has been delayed due to wet outfield. Currently, there is no rain but the pitch remains under hover cover and the groundstaff is still working on drying the water.
14:15 hrs IST: Lungi Ngidi has passed his fitness test and is set to return to the squad against New Zealand.
14:00 hrs IST: Hello and welcome to News Nation ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Live Blog. South Africa will lock horns against unbeaten New Zealand in today's game, which will be the vertual quarter final for them as losing will vanish their semi-final hopes. With pacer Lungi Ngidi back in the side, South Africa will also look to avenge their 2015 semifinal defeat while New Zealand will aim to reclaim their position at the top. The weather looks clear and we are hoping it to be a thrilling contest. Stay with us as we bring you all the live updates of New Zealand vs South Africa match.