struck a quiet unbeaten century as Unique Zealand nearly knocked South Africa out of the World Cup with a four-wicket victory in a final-over enact on Wednesday.
Chasing a plan of 242 in 49 overs in rain-truncated match, Unique Zealand recovered from a mini go at 137 for 5 utilizing on a 91-slouch stand between Williamson (106 no longer out off 138 balls) and
(60 off 47 balls) to reach home with three balls to spare.
Wanting 12 off final seven balls, Williamson steered a Lungi Ngidi slower transport to third man boundary to bring down the equation to 8 off the final over.
With Ngidi (1/47), Kagiso Rabada (1/42) and Chris Morris (3/49) all bowling their stout quota, Faf Du Plessis had no option nonetheless to make spend of their weakest link Andile Phehlukwayo.
Williamson promptly hit the second transport for his first six of the match, and adopted that with a four to shut the bump into.
With this take, Unique Zealand for a day went on top of the weather desk with nine device from 5 games while South Africa after their fourth defeat in six games enjoy cramped likelihood of making it to the final four.
Williamson’s innings had nine fours and a six, while De Grandhomme changed into the aggressor at some point of the stand with 5 fours and two sixes.
Earlier, Unique Zealand’s bowling unit fired in unison as they restricted South Africa to 241 for six in the rain-truncated bump into.
The match changed into lowered to 49-a-facet affair after moist ground outfield delayed the inaugurate.
Despite half of centuries from Hashim Amla (55 off 83 balls, 4x4s) and Rassie van der Dussen (67 no longer out off 64 balls, 2x4s, 3x6s), the Shaded Caps managed to tackle the South African batsmen below tight leash.
Lockie Ferguson (3 for 59 in 10 overs) changed into the most a hit bowler for Unique Zealand, while Colin de Grandhomme (1/33 in 10 overs) changed into out to be the most economical.
De Grandhomme and left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner (1/45 in 9 overs) maintained tight discipline at some point of the center overs and did no longer permit any opposition batsmen to gather away.
Van der Dussen and David Miller (36 off 37 balls) added 72 runs for the fifth wicket in 12.2 overs nonetheless facing a must-take effort, South Africa would per chance well never in actuality up the ante.
Van der Dussen hit two fours and three sixes while Miller hit two boundaries and a six.
The final nine overs produced 72 runs after Faf du Plessis (23) added 50 with Amla, who completed 8000 ODI runs and grew to turn into the second quickest to full the feat.
Trent Boult castled Quinton de Kock early in the innings and Matt Henry (0/34 in 10 overs) bowled tight lines from the alternative stop after Unique Zealand received the toss and elected to bowl first.
Du Plessis changed into yorked by Ferguson and Amla changed into bowled by a classical left-arm spinners transport that hit the tip of off stump.