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    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!

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    It sure did need it!

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    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.”

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    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.”

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    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.”

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

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    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.”

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    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.”

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    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.”

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    Just cannot deny that!

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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.