Kane Williamson: New Zealand’s ‘gem of a player’ anchors tense World Cup win


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Highlights: Williamson leads Kiwis to steal over SA

It be the final over. Your team wants eight runs for victory. It be demanding. So what conclude you conclude?

Whenever you presumably can presumably be Kane Williamson, you strike your first six of the match to realize a century and put your facet within one lumber of victory.

The Recent Zealand captain’s popular 106 from 138 balls in a low scoring sport anchored the Murky Caps to theirdemanding four-wicket World Cup stealover South Africa on Wednesday.

Chasing 242 for victory, Williamson hit a six and a four to realize the aim with three balls final.

“It be the invent of sport that makes you in attain bald,” ex-Recent Zealand captain Jeremy Coney talked about on Test Match Special.

“Williamson needed to battle and battle, no longer actual the pitch, no longer actual the South African facet, he became locked in a battle with himself.

“As he walks off now I’m clear there is a untimely peak showing.”

The steal took Recent Zealand to the head of the Cricket World Cup table, whereas all but ending South Africa’s semi-final hopes.

‘Composure and class’ – what they talked about

Ex-England captain Michael Vaughan:“Eoin Morgan grabbed the headlines for his vitality-hitting exploits yesterday and rightly so, but this Williamson innings became one thing else. Below tubby pressure he played an mature college gem. What a participant. What a ton.”

Ancient Recent Zealand captain Jeremy Coney:“It became mental quality from Kane Williamson this present day. He did now not gawk blissful, would possibly possibly well now not play the photography he likes to play and he became aggravated.

“He needed to battle the demons in himself. He trusted his instinct that he would possibly possibly well conclude it and the four down to third man in the penultimate over became an critical. He taught his team plenty this present day.”

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis:“I deem Kane showed precisely what to entire – he came for the duration of it complicated to ranking but he waited for one man, or a duration, the build he attacked. We had one intention of atomize launch.”

Journalist Mazher Arshad called Kane Williamson “the very best doubtless batsman of this generation”

Ex-England captain Michael Atherton:“Gem of a participant, Kane Williamson. Composure and class.”

Ancient South Africa batsman Herschelle Gibbs:“Been inquiring for 100 from anyone from the launch. Can’t steal video games with 60s and 50s. Kane Williamson gargantuan composure below pressure.”

Ex-India batsman VVS Laxman:“What a marvellous innings from Kane Williamson. Unheard of sport of cricket and his calmness stood out in taking Recent Zealand dwelling. Terrific stuff.”

The century became Williamson’s 12th in ODI cricket and his first at a World Cup.

He is averaging 225.00 at this World Cup, his 225 runs coming in three innings, two of which had been unbeaten, and has a strike price of 72.81.

“I produce no longer in actuality tainted innings, but whenever you rush out and make a contribution to a winning efficiency is one thing that you presumably can presumably be constantly wanting to entire,” Williamson talked about.

“It became good I became in a residing to entire that this present day.”

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Unheard of Williamson guides NZ previous SA in thrilling stay

South Africa had three opportunities to brush off Williamson. He became dropped on 22 by spinner Imran Tahir in his apply-thru, whereas David Miller fumbled a lumber-out alternative with Williamson on 77.

Williamson additionally got a faint edge on a Tahir provide that became caught by keeper Quinton de Kock, but it became given no longer out and the Proteas did now not evaluation.

The defeat leaves South Africa all but out of the World Cup, having misplaced four and received even handed one of their six video games.

Quite about a global gamers maintain signed Kolpak deals in county cricket, meaning they’re unable to play for South Africa all but again.

Rapid bowler Duanne Olivier, all-rounder Wayne Parnell and Kyle Abbott maintain all moved on Kolpak deals in most up-to-date years.

“You constantly want your human resources, and South Africa is shedding their human resources now,” frail Zimbabwe Test captain Tatenda Taibu told the Test Match Special podcast.

“A ancient top quality system does now not create a gargantuan nationwide team. I reckon they’ll continue shedding gamers if nothing is done by their cricket board or the Worldwide Cricket Council.”

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