Rain-interrupted ICC Men's World Cup warm-up: De Kock shines, but New Zealand claims victory against South Africa
New Zealand secured their second consecutive victory in the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup warm-up match by defeating South Africa by a margin of seven runs at Thiruvananthapuram's Greenfield Stadium on Monday.
Opting to bat first, New Zealand posted a formidable total of 321 for six in their allotted 50 overs. In response, South Africa had reached 211 for four in 37 overs when rain interrupted play. At that point, New Zealand held a seven-run advantage according to the Duckworth Lewis Stern (DLS) method.
New Zealand's innings was anchored by Devon Conway, who scored an impressive 78 runs off 73 balls, featuring 11 boundaries and a six. Skipper Kane Williamson also contributed with 37 runs before retiring. The highlight of the innings was a remarkable 218-run partnership for the second wicket involving Conway, Williamson, and Glenn Phillips. Tom Latham added stability to the innings with his 52 runs off 56 balls, including four fours and a six.
Towards the end, the lower-order batsmen made valuable contributions, allowing New Zealand to finish at 321 for six in their allotted 50 overs. Among the South African bowlers, Lungi Ngidi (3-33) and Marco Jansen (3-45) were the standout performers.
In their chase, South Africa received significant contributions from Quinton de Kock, who remained unbeaten with 84 runs from 89 deliveries, including 12 boundaries and a six, and Rassie van der Dussen, who scored 51 runs off 56 balls with nine fours. De Kock later combined with Heinrich Klaasen for a crucial 56-run partnership for the fourth wicket. However, play was interrupted by rain when South Africa reached 211 for four in 37 overs. At that point, New Zealand held a seven-run lead and were declared the winners. Trent Boult was New Zealand's most effective bowler, claiming 2 wickets for 20 runs.
New Zealand vs South Africa, Match 7
New Zealand 321/6 (50 ov)
South Africa 211/4 (37 ov)
Result - New Zealand won by 7 runs (DLS method)
New Zealand Fall of wickets: 1-24 (Will Young - 4.4 ov), 2-242 (Glenn Phillips - 39.1 ov), 3-243 (Tom Latham - 39.6 ov), 4-265 (Jimmy Neesham - 43.2 ov), 5-285 (Mark Chapman - 45.2 ov), 6-317 (Daryl Mitchell - 49.1 ov)
NEW ZEALAND - Devon Conway, Tom Latham(WK), Kane Williamson(C), Will Young, Mark Chapman, Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Jimmy Neesham, Rachin Ravindra, Trent Boult, Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Tim Southee
SOUTH AFRICA - Quinton de Kock(WK), Aiden Markram(C), Reeza Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Marco Jansen, Andile Phehlukwayo, Gerald Coetzee, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi, Kagiso Rabada, Lizaad Williams, Tabraiz Shamsi
Date - 2023-10-02 08:30:00
Venue - Greenfield International Stadium, Thiruvananthapuram
Toss - New Zealand elected to bat
Umpires - Chris Gaffaney (Austrlia), Richard Kettleborough (England), Richard Illingworth (England TV)
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