South Africa 357 for 4 (van der Dusen 133, de Kock 114, Miller 53*, Southee 2-77) lost New Zealand 167 for 190 (Phillips 60, Young 33, Maharaj 4-46, Jansen 3-31)
One advantage of a long drawn-out league stage is that teams get a chance to make up for sluggish starts. But New Zealand is finding the converse may also be true. Third loss in a row in the middle A series of injuries The camp threatens to derail their World Cup campaign.
If the loss to Australia in Dharamsala was heartbreaking, it was downright disappointing against South Africa in Pune. Bowlers were sent as leather hunts Quinton de Kock And Rasi van der Dusen Spoiled Century, and David Miller Adding more salt to the wound with a blistering unbeaten 53 off 30 balls as South Africa posted 357 for 4; The last 10 overs alone gave them 119 runs.
In reply, New Zealand’s top order was exposed against South Africa’s quality pace attack under the lights. Marco JansenIts extra bounce was attributed to Devon Conway and Rachin Ravindra, Will Young dropped Gerald Coetzee behind and Kagiso Rabada chipped to cover Tom Latham.
Darryl Mitchell exuded hope, class and confidence as he played in a couple of superb on-drives, but was dismissed when he struck against him. Keshav Maharaj He opened the floodgates in the 19th over. The game became surprisingly one-sided as New Zealand were bowled out for 167 runs. Glenn Phillips 60 offer no resistance.
The defeat, and the extent of it, was huge from a tournament perspective, with New Zealand now likely to enter a back-to-back logjam for fourth place, with Pakistan, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka all eyeing them. Few expected New Zealand to cave the way South Africa did after setting them 358 runs.
New Zealand’s capitulation was a sharp contrast to the way South Africa played out after batting.
Temba Bavuma was the early aggressor, driving the innings into gear with two cover drives off Matt Henry in the fourth over. De Kock was very subdued and unsteady early on and even got hit on the shoulder by a Trent Boult bouncer in the ninth over. At that point, the South African innings was barely out of second gear. After troubling de Kock, Boult sent Bavuma back with a suction ball, a full ball that sent him low to Mitchell at slip.
It would have been back-to-back overs for New Zealand if Phillips had screamed at backward point off Tim Southee. We’re even talking about this was an opportunity for him to shine – anticipating de Kock’s cut and taking two steps to his right before extending himself full-length to go one-handed. De Kock was then on 12 off 24 balls.
At the other end, van der Dusen helped himself to the lead as Southee, making his fourth World Cup debut, was erratic and off pace early on. For much of the first 100 runs of their 200-run stand, de Kock and van der Dusen were steady and calculated, playing themselves into a position from which they could tee off on the back 15. It was a plan that worked for the Tees, and perhaps more easily than they expected as New Zealand had a huge hole to fill in the middle.
Henry was pulled halfway through the 27th over of the innings, his sixth over, to bowl 14.3 overs to Ravindra, James Neesham and Phillips. De Kock and van der Dusen stepped up knowing full well that New Zealand would need to back-load their part-timers.
The first sign of de Kock breaking the chain came in the 16th over when he was caught by Southee. Followed up with a great pull in front of square for four with a six over the bowler’s head. De Kock had another bit of luck just after chipping Phillips down the leg side, the ball falling into three fields. De Kock soon brought up his half-century on 62 deliveries and van der Dusen got there on 61 balls.
New Zealand’s cup woes are not over. Neesham, one of the part-timers called in to make up the overs, suffered an injury of his own when he hit his thumb on de Kock’s straight drive. On 95, de Kock should have been run out on the same delivery when he was sent back even as the ball deflected to Mitchell Santner at cover. The batsman gave up hope when Santner threw towards the bowler’s end, but missed the stumps. De Kock soon brought up his century – his fourth in this World Cup, which took him one behind Rohit Sharma’s record of five in the singles edition – by going inside the line and helping pull one over the fine leg fence for six. He hit the century off 103 balls, and looks set for a big finish.
At the other end, the industrious van der Dusen came up with clever reverse paddles and sweeps to bowl out the New Zealand spinners. The second-wicket pair added 200 runs off a run-a-ball when de Kock picked up points to give Southee a wicket in the 40th over. At this point South Africa made a surprise move, pushing Miller up the order, ostensibly to continue the left-right combination, and he tore into the death bowling to bring up his half-century off 29 balls. Neesham scored 69 runs in his 5.3 overs and conceded 18 runs in the 50th over.
While New Zealand went away knowing they had a big chase, there was a sense that the game was still lopsided given how well they batted in big chases against England and Australia. But their hopes were dashed by a South African attack that made you wonder if New Zealand bowled on this same surface.
After blowing up the top order, Phillips got some batting time amid the inevitable late, lower-order collapse. In the end, New Zealand were so desperate to reduce the loss of their net run rate that an injured Henry went down to bat and Phillips provided company for 5.1 overs, adding 34 for the final wicket in the process. However, even this did not lessen the scale of the defeat, which, all told, was a proper pasting.