Quinton de Kock and Rassie Van der Dussen brought cricket back to center stage in South Africa amid the euphoria of the country’s epic rugby triumph, their scintillating hundreds securing a 190-run victory over New York. Zealand at the World Cup in Pune on Wednesday. De Kock (114 from 116 balls) reached his fourth century of the tournament to match Kumar Sangakkara who achieved the feat in the 2015 edition, while Van der Dussen made a 133 from 118 balls as South Africa South piled up an imposing 357 for four after being asked to bat first.
New Zealand were bowled out for 167 in 35.3 overs.
So far, only three batters have scored four or more centuries in a single World Cup edition.
The Proteas replaced India at the top of the points table after this victory. Both have 12 points, even though India have played a game less.
David Miller made 53 from 30 balls to secure the finishing touch four days after the whole country rejoiced at the rugby team’s record fourth World Cup triumph in Paris, where the Springboks beat the New York All Blacks Zealand, their biggest rivals in this sport.
New Zealand’s response was abysmal as they lost their in-form batters Devon Conway and Rachin Ravindra with just 45 runs on the board.
Marco Jansen (3/31) delivered the first blow with the new ball, allowing the dangerous Conway (2) to edge Aiden Markram at second slip.
It was Jansen once again who gave South Africa the second breakthrough by dismissing the in-form Ravindra (9), who attempted a pull shot but ended up gaining the upper hand, putting the Proteas in the lead.
Gerald Coetzee struck with his third delivery of the spell as Will Young pushed a short shot outside off to give De Kock a regulation catch and leave the Kiwis reeling at 56 for three in the 11th over.
It became 67 for four when Kagiso Rabada dismissed skipper Tom Latham in a rather soft dismissal after the batter attempted his shot too early.
From there, it was only a matter of time before the New Zealand innings ended with many overs remaining.
Meanwhile, left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj (4/46) bowled James Neesham with a turner that would make the late Shane Warne proud.
Glenn Phillips delayed the inevitable with his 60 off 50 balls.
Earlier, given the dew, New Zealand stand-in skipper Latham had opted to bowl first at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, whose stands were half full with people gathered outside when The in-form De Kock and skipper Temba Bavuma came out to bat. .
However, dew did not play a role as South Africa proved too good for their opponents who suffered their third defeat of the tournament in seven outings. For the Proteas, it was their sixth win in seven matches, with the margin of victory doing good to their net run rate.
After the dismissal of Bavuma (24), De Kock and Van der Dussen, the South Africans had the perfect duo to set the tone, and that’s exactly what they did with a 200-run partnership in just a few minutes. over 30 overs.
Enjoying a bit of luck with one of his shots falling into no-man’s land, De Kock got out to Mitchell Santner and hoisted the seasoned left-arm spinner over the long boundary for a six.
Van der Dussen also got into the action and looked comfortable as he racked up his runs.
Facing two set hitters wasn’t the only challenge for the Kiwis, as they also had injured players, the latest thing for a team that was already dealing with injuries to key players before this match.
After Matt Henry injured his right hamstring and received treatment, Jimmy Nesham also had some injury problems.
Meanwhile, luck also smiled on Van der Dussen as he got more than one reprieve en route to his century.
First, De Kock reached his hundred in style, smashing Neesham in play for a maximum. Soon, Van der Dussen reached his ton with a four.
Hitting 104 off 105 balls, Van der Dussen changed gears and bowled Neesham for two consecutive sixes, the first courtesy of Trent Boult who tipped the ball over the ropes while trying to catch it.
Then Van der Dussen brought Tim Southee in for maximum time. By the time De Kock and Van der Dussen were dismissed, they had done enough for South Africa to aim for 350.
Then Miller produced some big hits to back them up towards the end.
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