[videourl mediaid="pRfX4RhX" url=" http://mum-videostream.s3.amazonaws.com/cricketcountry/2019/06JUNE/20/South-Africa-New-Zealand.mp4"] <p></p> <p></p>&nbsp; <p></p> <p></p>&nbsp; <p></p> <p></p>For the fifth consecutive Cricket World Cup, a <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/new-zealand/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">New Zealand</a> team has defeated <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/south-africa/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">South Africa</a>. For the third time in a row, a New Zealand team has been responsible for eliminating a South African team from the World Cup. Well, okay, they have a <em>mathematical</em> chance of making it, but it's next to impossible. <p></p> <p></p>In keeping with the template, this match was not short on tension and saw South Africa lose the plot several times. No, it wasn't as dramatic as the <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/articles/world-cup-countdown-south-africa-lose-8-64-to-crash-out-of-2011-quarter-finals-840341" target="_blank" rel="noopener">2011 World Cup quarter-final</a> in Dhaka. The <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/new-zealand-beat-south-africa-in-nerve-wracking-4-wicket-win-to-enter-icc-cricket-world-cup-2015-final-268536" target="_blank" rel="noopener">epic 2015 World Cup semi-final</a> at Eden Park four years ago it was definitely not. But what a game. <p></p> <p></p>South Africa landed in Birmingham needing to beat New Zealand to stay in contention for the 2019 World Cup semi-finals. They were unable to at the very ground at which they last defeated the Blackcaps in a World Cup ... back in 1999. <p></p> <p></p>Credit for this goes to how well New Zealand worked in the field, and then how efficiently <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/kane-williamson/news/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Kane Williamson</a> batted -while outshining his team-mates - in pursuit of a target of 242. Reprieved moments apart on 76 and 77, Williamson held his nerve to produce a positively high-class innings of astute judgement and infinite patience.