ICC World Cup 2023| 32nd Match: RSA claim their first World Cup win against NZ!

South Africa beats New Zealand for the first time in 20 years and claim the top spot in the points table.

by Aryan Lakhani
ICC World Cup 2023| 32nd Match: RSA claim their first World Cup win against NZ!
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The crucial match between South Africa and New Zealand was lopsided in favor of South Africa. New Zealand won the toss and elected to bowl first. South Africa took full advantage of batting first; NZ got an early wicket; however, after the first wicket fell, South Africa batted flawlessly.

Quinton De Kock and Van Der Dussen played beautiful knocks that played a significant role in allowing South Africa to secure a giant total of 357 runs (357-4), setting a target of 358 runs for New Zealand.

In the 2nd Innings, New Zealand openers seemed to be under a lot of pressure; it was quite evident as they lost a few early wickets. Keshav Maharaj and Macro Jansen swallowed the batting lineup and restricted them to a very low score of 167 runs (167-10) in 35.3 overs.

Thus, New Zealand won the match by 190 runs.

Post-Match interviews

Temba Bavuma (South Africa's Captain)

"Clinical display I would say," Bavuma said as quoted by cricbuzz.com. "We had a good partnership between de Kock and Rassie.

Fairly happy, clinical in terms of the execution by the bowlers. Quinny and I tried to assess the conditions. We pouched on the bad balls, was able to put a couple of them away. Quinny wasn't in his flow at the start, but stuck to the plan - go unscathed till the 30th over and then maximise with our big hitters.

We knew they were going to come hard at us, and we would get the opportunities. We did what we have been doing. Need to check with our (team) manager, but looks like this win does guarantee us a semi-final spot, so we'll celebrate a bit tomorrow and back to work day after".

Tom Latham (New Zealand Captain)

"Not our best performance," Latham said, as quoted by cricbuzz.com. "We were under pressure after that partnership (between de Kock and Rassie.) It was a big score. From the batting point of view, we had to have those partnerships, but we had our back against the wall.

Those two played fantastically well. Should have restricted them to 330-odd, that would have been better. It was a small ground and a good surface, but we couldn't do much in those first 10 overs. I think they put themselves in a great position, we were not able to build partnerships, that was disappointing.

We have faced adversities with injuries. We will reflect on to this one quickly and move to the next one to be played at Banglaore (vs Pakistan). We don't become a bad team overnight".