Kane Williamson is often tagged as the “good” guy in world cricket, with a reputation of leading a team strong on ethics and sportsmanship.
However, he remains understated in reference to his excellent batting skills that have often helped the Kiwis out from the claws of danger and back to safety again.
When the Black Caps met with the Proteas in Birmingham, the latter’s bleak run was enough to make the former a firm favourite for the game. On a pitch that had been under covers for days due to intense showers, 260-270 had to be a par total, considering the match was now of 98 overs.
The Proteas began their innings slow, adjusting themselves to the conditions before losing two important wickets in the form of De Kock and Faf Du Plessis. Hashim Amla showed plenty of intent but failed to capitalise during the middle overs, and his partner wasn’t able to amend the dents too.
A late flourish due to a blazing inning by van der Dussen and some assistance by Miller, however, brought South Africa to a total that was defendable. Coming onto the chase with an air of confidence, the Kiwis managed to build a strong partnership before a couple of wickets dismantled New Zealand to a great extent.
The story seemed to be set for the South Africans, until a new batsman, namely Colin de Grandhomme, began his innings with a beautiful touch, timing the ball greatly to help his captain at the end of the chase.
A twist in the tale saw Grandhomme return to the pavilion, however with a batsman in his 90s on the other end, there was nothing that could save South Africa from a devastating run this World Cup 2019.