New Zealand’s hard-fought victories will give them the edge against the sides that have sailed smoothly through the group stage, according to captain Kane Williamson.
The New Zealand captain averted disaster for his side with a magnificent unbeaten century to guide his team to a final-over victory versus the stricken Proteas.
The Black Caps also came through a gruelling encounter with Bangladesh in their second match of the tournament – Ross Taylor the calming influence on that occasion.
Following the victory, Williamson spoke of the benefits to be gained from his side’s hard-fought experiences so far, saying: “It’s a really good experience for us as a team in this tournament.
“There’s a huge amount to learn from this performance.
“The experiences you have of being put under pressure on a number of different occasions, whether that’s with the bat or ball, and having close games in tournaments like the World Cup are great to be part of.
“That’s especially the case when you come out on the right side of things.
“We go to Old Trafford next and we just have to adapt and keeping playing this sort of cricket that gives us the best opportunity to win games.”
New Zealand now sit atop the standings, with progression to the semi-final all but assured.
Water fell from the sky in large quantities.
Steve Smith couldn’t get a hundred today. The Badger could.
England get Steve Smith out for just 80. Great success.
England are utterly infuriating, they really are.
Joe Root > Don Bradman. That’s just maths.
England look to defend a target of 399 to escape the series with a draw.
Changes for both teams ahead of The Oval.
England’s Test-match batting is broken. Time to get back to basics.
The WTC scoring system is stupid, but the fix is easy. Get it done.