I am 100 per cent fit: South Africa pacer Lungi Ngidi

So South Africa's dream of a first World Cup win looks over, even if progress to the last four still remains mathematically possible.

While the unbeaten Black Caps remain unchanged for the clash, South Africa - who have managed just one win from five games - replaced Beuran Hendricks with Ngidi.

The weather forecast doesn't seem quite promising as New Zealand take on South Africa at Edgbaston in Birmingham on Wednesday. Despite two catch-drop instances, South Africa could not capitalise upon it and produced a reachable target of 242 for the Kiwis to chase.

A victory against Afghanistan kept the Proteas' top-four and semi-final hopes alive, but there is no room for error now, with South Africa four points adrift of fourth-placed India.

New Zealand: Guptill, Munro, Williamson (C), Taylor, Latham (WK), Grandhomme, Neesham, Santner, Henry, Ferguson and Boult. It just becomes a mental game at a World Cup, trying to deal with all the pressures and stuff.

And as the tournament goes on, Williamson believes this experience will hold his team in good stead. In the end, the Black Caps got home by four wickets and reclaimed the top spot on the points table courtesy of skipper Kane Williamson's 12th century in the ODI format. Kagiso Rabada (South Africa): The 24-year-old has been a strike bowler for South Africa for the last few years, leading the pace battery in the absence of Dale Steyn. In the next ball, the ice-cool Williamson dabbed down to third man for a four to win it for his team.

Cloin de Grandhomme (60) was dismissed after an impressive contribution, Lungi Ngidi was the wicket taker with Faf du Plessis taking the much needed catch.

Williamson and Martin Guptill struggled for early timing but set a solid platform, before New Zealand lost 3-8 in a weird 20 balls and it was game on at 80-4.

South Africa did not help themselves on Wednesday when Williamson, who had then made 76, got a thin edge off Imran Tahir to wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock.

New Zealand have a solid batting unit. "I think then you could be looking at a different situation with their batting", he concluded. "We could have tested their techniques a lot more, instead we bombarded them with the short ball, which they expected, and it played into their hands".

The bowlers, consisting Trent Boult, Tim Southee and Lockie Ferguson, have been exceptional and have restricted the opposition to below-par totals, thus making it easier for their batters.

  • Julie Sanders