- In a dominant ICC World Cup 2023 performance, South Africa defeated New Zealand by 190 runs, securing a top spot with an unbeaten streak.
- Quinton de Kock’s century makes him the top-scoring wicketkeeper in a World Cup, with 545 runs in seven innings.
- Looking ahead, South Africa faces India in their next match, maintaining their formidable form, while New Zealand seeks to revive their semifinal aspirations against Pakistan.
In a commanding performance at the Maharashtra Cricket Association in Pune, South Africa asserted their dominance in the 32nd match of the ICC World Cup 2023, securing a convincing 190-run victory over New Zealand. The Proteas showcased their prowess in both batting and bowling, leaving the Black Caps struggling to keep pace.
Batting first, South Africa started strongly with Temba Bavuma providing a bright start. Although he departed after scoring 24 runs, the Proteas found stability through a remarkable 200-run partnership between Quinton de Kock and Rassie van der Dussen. De Kock, in particular, shone with a sensational century, his fourth in the World Cup, accumulating 114 runs. Notably, he surpassed Kumar Sangakkara’s record for the most runs by a wicketkeeper in a single edition, amassing a total of 545 runs in seven innings.
Following the departure of the formidable duo, David Miller played a rapid knock of 53 off 30 balls, steering South Africa to a competitive total of 357 runs. The Proteas’ consistent 300-plus totals have been a hallmark of their campaign, with this match seeing them register the most sixes in a single World Cup edition.
The South African bowlers proved equally formidable, dismantling the New Zealand batting lineup. Keshav Maharaj led the bowling charge, bagging four wickets, while Marco Jansen and Gerald Coetzee contributed with three and two wickets, respectively. New Zealand struggled to counter the relentless South African attack, eventually being all out for 167 runs.
Quinton de Kock’s Record-breaking Run
Quinton de Kock’s exceptional form continued, not only with the bat but also in setting records. His 545 runs in the tournament make him the highest-scoring wicketkeeper-batsman in a single edition of the World Cup, surpassing Kumar Sangakkara’s 2015 record. The left-handed opener’s aggressive style and consistent performances have been instrumental in South Africa’s success.
With this victory, South Africa maintains its dominant position at the top of the points table, showcasing a positive net run rate of +2.032. Despite a lone loss to the Netherlands and a close encounter against Pakistan, the Proteas have been relentless in their pursuit of victories, often securing wins by over 100 runs.
As the tournament progresses, South Africa is set to face India on November 5 in Kolkata. Their consistent and dominant run in the World Cup puts them in a formidable position, with key players like De Kock, Markram, Van der Dussen, and Klaasen in sensational form.
For New Zealand, the upcoming clash against Pakistan on November 4 in Bengaluru becomes crucial, presenting an opportunity to revive their semifinal hopes. The Black Caps will need to regroup and address the challenges posed by both their batting and bowling departments to stay competitive in the tournament.