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  • 12:48 AM IST

    That’s that, folks! Finally, a World Cup game this year that was worth every bit of your time. We hope you enjoyed our coverage as much as we enjoyed bringing it to you. Until tomorrow, it’s good night!

  • 12:47 AM IST

    It sure did need it!

  • 12:47 AM IST

    Kane Williamson (3/3): “We have played on a variety of pitches. When you come into these tournaments, you know you will be playing different opponents on different wickets. Lot of big games coming up.”

  • 12:46 AM IST

    Kane Williamson (2/3): “The bowling attack did really well. We just had a fairly quiet chat. He (Colin de Grandhomme) is our x-factor player. He came in and hit the ball beautifully. He played a brilliant knock.”

  • 12:46 AM IST

    Time now for Kane Williamson, the captain, to speak (1/3): “To be honest, I thought the wicket was a little soft. so, both teams were looking to bowl on it. The wicket had a little softness to it and the bowlers hit the hard lengths. Well, you try to read the wicket as the game goes. The slower bowlers felt that they were the hardest to get away.”

  • 12:41 AM IST

    Before Williamson has his say again, here’s that winning moment

  • 12:40 AM IST

    Faf du Plessis (2/3): “There was no real appeal. There was no real let’s have a look at it. We can only control our performances. We are fighting as a team. We tried to compete but it was not to be.”

  • 12:39 AM IST

    Faf du Plessis (2/3): “Kane did it well. He picked on the bowlers he wanted to. 100 from one guy helps in a chase. I thought we threw ourselves around. We fought. The energy was unbelieveable. Kane taking his team home was too good for us.”

  • 12:38 AM IST

    Time now for the losing captain Faf du Plessis (1/3): “We were aiming for 260. 260 was par on this wicket. 270 would have been a great score. 260 would have probably been a really good score. Individual batters needed to look at bowlers who they can put away.”

  • 12:36 AM IST

    Just cannot deny that!

  • 12:36 AM IST

    Special moments!

  • 12:35 AM IST

    Kane Williamson (4/4): “Trying to do the job as well as you can, and a number of other contributions were vital. It was one of those surfaces that creates close contests and it was nice to get a win today.”

  • 12:35 AM IST

    Kane Williamson (3/4): “Colin de Grandhomme for me was the standout with his bowling and the impetus he gave us with the bat in the end. We just tried to get through the tough parts, we knew we would face dots. I just tried communicating with my partners, and despite trying to score quickly, I kept finding the fielders.”

  • 12:34 AM IST

    Kane Williamson (2/4): “We knew at the halfway stage that we had done well with the ball. We then had to build partnerships, but we kept losing wickets and coupled with the tight South African bowling made life difficult for us.”

  • 12:34 AM IST

    An obvious choice, the Man of the Match goes to the New Zealand captain Kane Williamson (1/4): “It’s nice to be there at the end. It was a pretty tough surface, a bit soft and that ball was holding on. I thought the first half was a really good effort from us, pitching the ball in the right areas.”

  • 12:29 AM IST

    Four wins out of five games for New Zealand, while South Africa remain on one win out of 6 and are almost on the brink of elimination. What a game we have witnessed at Edgbaston!

  • 12:24 AM IST

    AND NEW ZEALAND WIN BY 4 WICKETS! A MATCH TO REMEMBER FOR AGES!

  • 12:23 AM IST
    BOOM! Kane Williamson reaches his hundred in style! New Zealand 1 run to win
  • 12:19 AM IST

    Andile Phehlukwayo to bowl the last over, Mitchell Santner on strike

  • 12:16 AM IST

    FINAL OVER COMING UP! New Zealand need 8 runs to win, Williamson moves to 96*

  • 12:11 AM IST

    Live score New Zealand vs South Africa, New Zealand need 14 runs from 10 balls (Williamson 91, Mitchell Santner 0)

  • 12:10 AM IST

    WICKET! Just as we finished typing the above update, Lungi Ngidi strikes in the first ball of the penultimate over, a fine innings by de Grandhomme ends, he departs for 60

  • 12:08 AM IST

    12 balls left, New Zealand need 15 runs to win (Williamson 91, Grandhomme 60)

  • 12:04 AM IST

    Kiwi fans look pretty confident now

  • 12:03 AM IST

    New Zealand need 17 from the last 3 overs (Williamson 90, de Grandhomme 58)

  • 11:59 PM IST

    New Zealand vs South Africa live score, New Zealand 219/5 in 45.3 overs (Kane Williamson 90, Colin de Grandhomme 53) TARGET: 242

  • 11:57 PM IST

    FIFTY! Colin de Grandhomme reaches 50 in 39 deliveries. New Zealand need 26 runs from 24 deliveries. Can they win this one?

  • 11:53 PM IST

    31 off 30 with 5 wickets remaining is the equation now for New Zealand (Williamson 87, de Grandhomme 48)

  • 11:47 PM IST

    What a match this is turning out to be! New Zealand need 43 runs from the last 6 overs (Williamson 82, de Grandhomme 42)

  • 11:43 PM IST

    What a vital partnership this has been!

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Hello and welcome to our live coverage of Match 25 of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between New Zealand and South Africa at the Edgbaston, Birmingham on Wednesday.

For the first potential ripper of a game at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, focus your gaze on New Zealand versus South Africa at Edgbaston on Wednesday. Why, you ask?

For one, these two teams do not do dull when it comes to the World Cup. No, really, they don’t.

The 2011 quarter-final in DhakaThe 2015 semi-final at Eden Park. In 2003, during a league match, South Africa made 306 and lost to New Zealand in a Duckworth-Lewis effected match thanks to Stephen Fleming’s defining ODI innings.

Then there is the matter of South Africa needing to win their remaining matches to stay alive. Backs to the walls, they are in dire need of locating their radar. South Africa languish at eighth position on the World Cup points table, with three points from five matches. One win over Afghanistan, a washout with West Indies and losses to England, Bangladesh and India.

There are tasty subplots, too. The supreme skill of Imran Tahir against a New Zealand batting lineup that against Bangladesh – in a match they won by two wickets – looked like it would lose its marbles. The impending return of Lungi Ngidi, who has not played a match since June 2. The question of whether South Africa will persist with Hashim Amla.

Kane Williamson‘s New Zealand are unbeaten in the tournament, having beaten Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan and then taking one point from the washout against India. They sit at second place on the World Cup leaderboard, with seven points. A win over South Africa will put them at the top. Like Australia, New Zealand cricket teams have the ability to up their levels at World Cups. What better team that South Africa, floundering in their campaign, to try and bury?

And then, a touch of history. The last time South Africa beat New Zealand in a World Cup match was – wait for it – 20 years ago. At Edgbaston, of all places.

Editorial team of CricketCountry.