Quinton de Kock’s and Rassie van der Dussen’s centuries assist South Africa thrash New Zealand in Pune.
South Africa have continued their march in direction of the semifinals of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 with a 190-run win over fellow contenders New Zealand at Pune’s MCA Stadium.
Helped by centuries from Quinton de Kock and Rassie van der Dussen, the Proteas posted 357-4 after being requested to bat first by New Zealand stand-in captain Tom Latham on Wednesday.
Keshav Maharaj took 4 wickets, Marco Jansen took three and Gerald Coetzee took two as South Africa recorded their sixth win of the event to dislodge India from the highest of the factors desk on their internet run charge.
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An batting masterclass from RVD(133) & QDK (114) to earn South Africa a victory in Pune. This was accompanied by sensible bowling from Keshav Maharaj & Marco Jansen 👏
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In a extremely anticipated contest days after the 2 nations clashed within the Rugby World Cup remaining, de Kock struck 114 and van der Dussen exploded late to attain 133.
“Medical show I might say,” South Africa captain Temba Bavuma stated.
“With the bat, we dealt with the problem up entrance and with the ball nipping round. The large partnership actually set it up for the boys.
“With the ball, we sustained the stress all through their innings. … Fairly medical with the execution of our abilities.”
The Proteas constructed on the de Kock and van der Dussen 200-run stand with 119 within the final 10 overs as David Miller put the New Zealand bowlers to the sword with a 30-ball 53.
“We had been talking about 300 to 320 at one stage within the center, however we’ve seen so typically within the final 12 to 18 months what the blokes coming in can do,” participant of the match van der Dussen stated.
“We knew if we might set a platform once more for them, I imply the sky’s the restrict. We [almost] obtained to 360, so we had been fairly satisfied about that.”
Kiwi Tim Southee dismissed van der Dussen on a day of little pleasure for New Zealand, who had misplaced the bowling providers of seamer Matt Henry resulting from a proper hamstring drawback halfway via South Africa’s innings.
Neesham was struck on the hand whereas stopping a ball off his personal bowling and was capable of bat solely at quantity 9 though he didn’t endure damaged bones.
“Not our greatest efficiency,” Latham stated.
“We had been put underneath stress with that huge partnership Rassie and Quinton had up prime.
“On the midway mark it was an enormous rating however an honest floor. From a batting perspective, you want partnerships. To be three, 4, 5 down early and with our backs in opposition to the wall, we weren’t capable of construct these partnerships.”