New Zealand’s captain cool Kane Williamson was at the helm of his side’s victory over South Africa in a nerve-jangling match. New Zealand-South Africa contests in the World Cup have always been a treat to watch and the Edgbaston clash was no less than an epic encounter going right down to the wire.
The Kiwis were hurt by frequent blows to their batting lineup in pursuit of the target of 242 in 49 overs, but Williamson strongly held one end together and batted with great restrain on a two-faced pitch. Anchoring the tense chase to perfection, the 28-year-old played a gem of an innings under immense pressure.
He brought up a patient century from 137 deliveries on the penultimate delivery of the match, smashing a gigantic six to make scores level with the Proteas. He then fittingly caressed the ball to the off-side boundary to hit the winning runs and cement his team’s number one position in the ten-team table.