NZ vs SA ICC CWC 2023 Match 32 Report: Proteas have grown wild and big in this World Cup. Despite the usual write-off they faced coming into this World Cup, they have been bursting crackers with the bat while being very efficient with the bowl. Although there was a hiccup when they met the fired-up baby in the Netherlands earlier, they almost ran over everyone till now, including the mighty Australia and now New Zealand. And when New Zealand tasted Proteas, it turned out to be a sour experience that, they will say, was one of the worst in this World Cup.
Easy Peasy ‘Kivies’ Squeezy
The world might not have envisioned a cakewalk for South Africa when they put forward a score of 357, considering the history of New Zealand in this World Cup, making even a score as high as 388 duck soup. But once again, they brutally shut all the shutters opened against them. The byproduct is a humongous 190-run win in Pune on a refreshing first day of November. With this win, Temba Bavuma’s Greens grew to the top of the table, even overshadowing the undefeated India, who played a game less and carry a lower run rate.
Dussen, Kock Knocked Hundred
It was not a surprise to see Kock on the top side of the scoreboard once again. But his 114 wasn’t their highest. Van der Dussen decided that it should be his day and scored 133 runs at the expense of 118 balls, which paired well with Kock’s ton. When the New Zealanders took out their batting bombs, African bowlers turned on the shower switch to nullify, folding Knives up in just 167 in thirty fivish overs to mark their biggest win against them.
On Chase, New Zealand Fumbled and Tumbled to the Canvas
New Zealand’s chase started with some fumbling. Marco Jansen made early inroads, claiming two crucial wickets in his opening spell and capitalizing on the extra bounce offered by the Pune pitch. The early departure of Devon Conway caught behind, and the bounce-induced dismissal of Rachin Ravindra at the fine leg set New Zealand back.
By the 10th over, when Kagiso Rabada joined the bowling attack, New Zealand was already struggling at 45/2. Gerald Coetzee, replacing Jansen, made an immediate impact by claiming Will Young’s wicket in his first over. Following the drinks break, Rabada exploited the ball’s movement, deceiving Tom Latham, who was caught at cover.
Keshav Maharaj continued the assault, claiming Daryl Mitchell’s wicket, caught at long-off, with just three deliveries. As per the NZ vs SA ICC CWC 2023 Match 32 Report, the procession of wickets continued as Mitchell Santner and Jimmy Neesham were bowled out, with New Zealand’s score dwindling to 110/8. During this phase, Marco Jansen returned for another spell, sending Tim Southee packing.
Although Glenn Phillips entertained with a brisk 60 off 50 balls, his dismissal ultimately signaled the end of the New Zealand innings. Throughout their chase, New Zealand never appeared to threaten the target.
NZ vs SA ICC CWC 2023 Match 32 Report: Score Summary
357 for 4 (van der Dussen 133, de Kock 114, Miller 53*, Southee 2-77)
167 (Phillips 60, Young 33, Maharaj 4-46, Jansen 3-31)
South Africa won by 190 runs