New Zealand, who have won four matches in a row in the current World Cup, got the taste of hat-trick defeat. After India, Australia, this time they lost against South Africa by a huge margin of 190 runs. And South Africa reached the semi-finals by winning six matches.
Today, after losing the toss and batting against New Zealand, Quinton de Kock and Rassie von der Dussen scored a couple of centuries and David Miller’s half century, South Africa scored 357 runs losing 4 wickets in the scheduled 50 overs. The Kiwis broke the opening pair by only 8 runs to bat against the target of 358 runs given by the Proteas. Then New Zealand lost wickets at regular intervals to the Protea bowlers bowling cannons. Today Devon Conway, Rachin Ravindra, Tom Latham, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, James Neesham, Trent Boult have gone back to the dressing room before reaching the number two house. In the end, Glenn Phillips scored 60 runs in 35 overs and the Kiwis were all out for 167 runs in 3 balls. And South Africa won by 190 runs.
In pursuit of the target, the Kiwis stumbled early today. They lost the opening pair by 8 team runs. Devon Conway returned to the dugout after being caught at second slip by Marco Jansen for just 2 runs off 6 balls.
Will Young and Rachin Ravindra formed a partnership after the first wicket went for 8 runs. The pair try to save the team from disaster. But this pair was broken by Rachin Ravindra’s dismissal for 45 runs. He returned as Marco Jansen’s second victim with 9 runs off 16 balls.
Another opener, Will Young, also went back in the footsteps of Rachin Ravindra. He returned as a victim of Gerlad Koetz by scoring 33 runs off 37 balls.
Tom Latham could not stay at the crease for long after Will Young. The team returned to Sajghar with a catch in the hands of Maharaj off Rabadar’s ball for 67 runs. He scored 4 runs in 15 balls before getting out.
Darrell Mitchell and Glenn Phillips formed a partnership after the team took 67 runs for 4 wickets. But even this pair could not go far. The pair was broken by Darrell Mitchell’s departure for the team’s 90 runs.
Darrell Mitchell, who scored 24 runs off 30 balls, was caught by David Miller off Keshav Maharaj and returned to the dressing room. Kiwi lost 5 wickets in 90 runs on his departure.
Kiwis could not turn around after losing 5 wickets for 90 runs. Lost one wicket after another at regular intervals.
Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, James Neesham, Trent Boult went back to the dressing room before reaching the number two room.
Glen Phillips was an exception among them. Against the tide, he brought up a half-century today against the Proteas. Today he picked up a half-century off 46 balls.
After bringing up his half-century, he returned to score 60 runs. In the end, the Kiwis were all out for 167 runs in 35 overs. And South Africa won by 190 runs.
For South Africa, Keshav Maharaj took 4 wickets, Marco Janssen 3 wickets, Gerlad Coetzee 2 wickets and Kagiso Rabada 1 wicket.
Earlier, two openers Quinton de Kock and Temba Bavuma started batting after losing the toss against New Zealand. However, this pair broke in just 38 runs. After that, Quinton de Kock and Rasi von der Dussen took the lead of the team. These two picked up a pair of centuries today. South Africa overcame the disaster in the 200-run partnership of these two batsmen and went on to a big collection. De Kock got back to 114 today and von der Dusen got back to 133. And at the end, South Africa scored 357 runs after losing 4 wickets in the stipulated 50 overs with David Miller’s 53 runs.
Today, the two Protea openers Quinton de Kock and Temba Bavuma started playing after holding the wicket. He took only 15 runs in 5 overs.
After that, the two openers started coming out of the shell. And that’s when Trent Boult hit the Protea camp.
He brought back captain Temba Bavuma who scored 24 runs off 28 balls. Trent Boult was caught by Darrell Mitchell and returned to the dressing room. South Africans broke the opening pair for 38 runs on his departure.
After losing the first wicket for 38 runs, Quinton de Kock and Rassie von der Dussen formed a partnership. This batsman has scored a double century today. Opener Quinton de Kock scored a half-century off 62 balls and a century off 103 balls today against the Kiwis. Which includes 8 fours and 3 sixes. This is Quinton de Kock’s fourth century in the current World Cup.
De Kock joined Lankan legend Kumar Sangakkara (2015 World Cup) in the record of four centuries in one World Cup. If he gets another century, Rohit Sharma will reach the record of maximum five centuries in one tournament. Interestingly, de Kock did not have a single century innings in the World Cup before this. And he took four centuries in the farewell tournament so far.
Not only did he stop here, de Kock also holds the record for the highest runs for South Africa in a World Cup. Apart from this, the Protea opener has the highest run so far in the current World Cup.
On the other hand, Rasi Von der Dusen, who came down to play at number three, made a personal half-century in 61 balls and a century in 101 balls.
However, the team was broken by the departure of Quinton de Kock for 238 runs. He could not take his innings further after getting the century. After scoring 114 runs off 116 balls, Glenn Phillips was caught by Tim Southee and went back to home. The pair of 200 runs broke on his departure.
After the departure of Quinton de Kock, Rasie Von der Dusen formed a partnership with David Miller. The Proteas crossed 300 team runs with this pair. But this pair was broken by Rasi von der Dussen’s departure for the team’s 316 runs. Rassie von der Dusen, who scored 133 off 118 balls, was bowled by Tim Southee and went back to the box.
David Miller paired with Heinrich Klaasen after Rassie von der Dussen. He also picked up a personal half-century today. He scored 50 runs in just 29 balls. But after picking up a half-century, he returned to the dressing room on 53 runs. The Proteas were able to score 357 runs by losing 4 wickets in the decisive 50 overs till the end of the session.