After being down and out in the first three games of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 tournament, South Africa was expected to make a strong comeback against New Zealand. However, fielding department wasn’t able to back the bowlers as Kiwis succeeded in completing a tricky chase to remain unbeaten in the ongoing mega-event in England and Wales.
Replying to South Africa’s 241, New Zealand was led by Kane Williamson’s iconic century to seal the chase by 4 wickets. The defeat means that South Africa has closed the doors of semi-final qualification on them as victories in their last three matches will take them to nine points which won’t be able to displace the current top four of the competition.
Amid a gloomy day, a positive for the rainbow nation was to see their veteran opening batsman Hashim Amla reaching 8000 runs in ODI cricket. The 36-year old became the second fastest player to achieve this feat. Doing so, Amla registered 39th ODI half-century to help his team post a competitive total batting under challenging conditions. However, it all ended in disappointment as South Africa spilled crucial chances which denied them to claim victory in the must-win game.