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Williamson is New Zealand's greatest ODI player, says Vettori

Williamson is New Zealand's greatest ODI player, says Vettori

South Africa's hopes of reaching to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 semi-finals took another shattering blow when they suffered a four-wicket loss against New Zealand in Birmingham on Tuesday.

New Zealand chased down South Africa's 241 for six with three balls to spare, skipper Williamson's unbeaten 106 getting the Black Caps over the line and effectively ending the Proteas' interest in the tournament.

The win put unbeaten New Zealand top of the 10-team table in the round-robin phase of the competition in England and Wales, while South Africa are languishing third from bottom after just one win in six matches. In the immediate future, he has to find a way of getting a demoralised team through their remaining three games at the World Cup without embarrassing themselves even further.

"There's a huge amount to learn from this performance".

"If you compare our line-up, especially our batting line-up, to other line-ups around the world, purely on a numbers point of view, that doesn't stack up with the rest of the world", he said.

"That's not where the game was won and lost".

Gibson is contracted until the end of September, and he acknowledged after Wednesday's match that he was uncertain of what would happen beyond then.

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Williamson did not win the match alone and had the support of Colin de Grandhomme who scored 60 off 47 balls and shared in a 91-run sixth-wicket stand. "We have played on a variety of pitches".

"The partnership and the knock from Colin was outstanding in terms of swinging that momentum, and he hit the ball beautifully", he told reporters. With three points in five games, South Africa still have an outside chance to make it to the semi-finals. I keep going back to the way we played in Sri Lanka, when we won the series there a year ago. "My body is really sore after that", he said". I suppose weather has had a little bit to do with it, but we've been on a variety of surfaces, and it's been nice that guys have adapted well. It's still quite raw, but for whatever reason, the players have somehow been hampered and not able to put their best forward on the grandest stage. "That's a skill thing - not a hunger thing, not a determination thing or a fight thing".

The Black Caps' skipper was on 76 when he got a faint edge to a ball by leg-spinner Imran Tahir that Quinton de Kock took behind the stumps but South Africa took no action.

"We weren't aware of it", Du Plessis said. "I don't think their middle and lower order have been tested enough", he said.

"I just thought it was a plain miss".

The latter two, plus New Zealand and India, are near lock-ins for the semifinals on July 9 and 11 with just 25 of the 45 group matches completed. If it was a flawless game, you know, we took that [review] and Kane was out, the game would have been really tight. "He would have referred it".