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New Zealand V South Africa: Cricket World Cup 2023 – Live

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Quinton de Kock and Rassie van der Dussen made superb centuries, with van der Dussen accelerating spectacularly at the death. But never mind all that because de Kock is speaking to Harsha Bhogle.

They bowled really well up front, especially Boulty, and I felt quite scratchy. I felt like I couldn’t find my rhythm. I got a couple of messages from the guys on the bench to just bat through. I’m trying not to give it away; I just wanna keep batting. My career’s coming to a finish so I want to bat as much as I can.

I hope 357 will be good enough. If the wicket stays the same I think it will be, but looking at the previous games the wicket does get better under lights. We’re playing against a really good side so let’s see what happens.

Neesham’s last over cost 19, which means his figures are a grisly 5.3-0-69-1. South Africa did it again at the death, smacking 119 from the last 10 overs and 163 from the last 15. All that after Tom Latham became the fourth captain at this World Cup to put them into bat.

New Zealand need 358 to win!50th over: South Africa 357-4 (Klaasen 15, Markram 6) Aiden Markram ends the innings in style, just like Viv Richards in 1979, except this was the first ball he faced. He picked a slower short ball and hooked it over fine leg for six!

WICKET! South Africa 351-4 (Miller c Mitchell b Neesham 53)Daryl Mitchell takes a terrific boundary catch to dismiss David Miller, who was looking for his second successive six. He took the catch, threw the ball up before he stepped over the boundary sponge, then jumped back into play to take the catch for real.

Miller goes for a savage 30-ball 53, which included 40 off the last 16. One ball remaining.

Godspeed Jimmy Neesham, for you shall bowl the last over.

49th over: South Africa 339-3 (Miller 46, Klaasen 10) This is fascinatingly poised, which is another way of saying nobody really knows who is on top.

Boult misses his yorker by a couple of inches, if that, and is blootered to wide long-off for four by Miller. It’s still a terrific over from Boult – until Klaasen cleaves his last delivery over mid-off for six. Boult ends an extremely good spell with slightly unjust figures of 10-1-49-1.

South Africa have scored 144 from the last 14 overs.

48th over: South Africa 325-3 (Miller 40, Klaasen 2) David Miller came in at the end of the 40th over. Yet he still had the nerve to play himself in: 13 from the first 14 balls, then 28 from the next 10 – including a huge six over midwicket off Southee a moment ago.

“Did England really hit ‘only’ 76 sixes in 2019?” weeps Matt Dony. “I realise that’s a big ol’ number, but it felt like Morgan hit that on his own. I’m genuinely surprised.”

Yup. I’d have to double check to be sure but it was something like Morgan 22, Roy 12, Bairstow and Stokes 11, Buttler 8, Moeen 5, Woakes 3, Root 2, Plunkett and Rashid 1.

WICKET! South Africa 316-3 (van der Dussen b Southee 133)Lovely bowling from Tim Southee, who bowls Rassie van der Dussen with a slower off-cutter. Van der Dussen heaved across the line, missed and was bowled via the pad. He goes for a punishing 133 from 118 balls, including 65 from the last 35 deliveries.

47th over: South Africa 316-2 (van der Dussen 133, Miller 33) Barring an unforseeable fiasco, Boult will bowl the last two overs at this end. New Zealand aren’t out of this game – they scored 383 batting second against Australia at the weekend – but it’s been a bruising afternoon in the field.

Miller glances past short fine leg for four, though that’s the only bad ball in another admirable over from Boult. There are four singles and a dot ball when Van der Dussen offers no stroke to a wide (but not wide) yorker.

46th over: South Africa 308-2 (van der Dussen 131, Miller 27) Tom Latham, who is walking a mile in Jos Buttler’s shoes, takes a gamble by bringing back Glenn Phillips.

Miller pumps him almost absent-mindedly over extra cover for six, which sets a new World Cup record for South Africa. Phillips pulls his length back too far and is belaboured into the crowd at midwicket. This is now the eighth game in a row that South Africa have hit 300 when batting first. Bizarrely, in seven of those they were put into bat.

45th over: South Africa 290-2 (van der Dussen 129, Miller 13) Van der Dussen’s hundred is South Africa’s eighth of this tournament, which equals the record set by Sri Lanka in 2015. He monsters another six off Southee, his fifth and South Africa’s 76th of the tournament. That equals another World Cup record, this one set by England in 2019. It’s van der Dussen rather than Miller who is doing the heavy lifting at the moment.

44th over: South Africa 278-2 (van der Dussen 121, Miller 9) Van der Dussen dumps Neesham’s first ball to cow corner for four, the start of a huge over for South Africa. Trent Boult drops van der Dussen for six at long-off, then van der Dussen belts a huge six over midwicket.

Twenty from the over, and van der Dussen is playing Heinrich Klaasen. He’s scored 53 off his last 26 balls.

43rd over: South Africa 258-2 (van der Dussen 104, Miller 6) Very good from Santner, who restricts South Africa to five singles and a wide. The last ball of his spell was a beauty – the even slower one that Miller, who had violencein mind, could only push gently to mid-off.

Santner ends with figures of 10-0-58-0. A sackable offence once upon a time; an admirable effort in 2023.

Rassie van der Dussen hits a 101-ball century!42nd over: South Africa 252-2 (van der Dussen 101, Miller 5) A cracking stat has just appeared on the TV coverage. In this tournament South Africa are scoring at 10.92 runs per over in the last 10. The next best is Australia with 8.64.

Neesham replaces Southee, who like Boult has two overs remaining. I know it would be cruel but there’s a case for retiring van der Dussen once he reaches his hundred – which he has just done with a clever pull past short fine leg for four. Actually, I’m not sure that is fair. Van der Dussen laboured a bit in the middle overs but he’s hit 47 from his last 30 balls.

Rassie Van Der Dussen takes to the air as he celebrates his quick-fire century. Photograph: Manish Swarup/AP40th over: South Africa 242-2 (van der Dussen 93, Miller 2) New Zealand think Miller has been caught behind first ball when he pushes outside off at Santner. They take matters outside, on the slabs upstairs but there’s nothing on UltraEdge.

No wicket for Santner but he does keep South Africa to four singles. South Africa are capable of scoring 150 in the last 10 overs – but New Zealand should tell themselves it won’t happen every time. If they can somehow keep the target to around 320, they’ll fancy their chances.

40th over: South Africa 238-2 (van der Dussen 91, Miller 0) That was the last ball of the over, and a clever bit of bowling from Southee. He’s needed all his experience today.

The new batter is David Miller; left-hander for left-hander I guess.

WICKET! South Africa 238-2 (de Kock c Phillips b Southee 114)I still can’t believe South Africa, the best target-setters in the world, have been asked to bat eight times in the last two months.

Van der Dussen slaps Southee past backward point for four to move into the nineties. A single brings up the 200 partnership from 192 balls – but that’s where it ends. Quinton de Kock steers a very wide delivery from Southee to backward point to end another high-class innings: 114 from 116 balls with 10 fours and three sixes.

39th over: South Africa 230-1 (de Kock 112, van der Dussen 85) There’s another third-umpire check when Boult, back in the atack, takes a return catch off de Kock. It was indeed a bump ball. “I wonder if the umpires are losing a bit of confidence,” muses Ian Smith on commentary.

After a fine start to the over from Boult, de Kock makes room to slice a boundary over point. He’s already in the top 10 of runscorers at a single World Cup, and he could have another four and a bit innings.

Despite the boundary that’s another very good over from Boult, whose figures are 8-1-27-1. He’s going at 3.37 per over; the rest have a combined economy rate of 6.42.

38th over: South Africa 223-1 (de Kock 107, van der Dussen 84) A slower ball from Southee is mangled down the ground for four by de Kock. Of all the games in which to return after six weeks out with a busted thumb. He hasn’t bowled badly at all but he has still gone for 48 from seven overs. And the last three won’t be maidens, I’ll tell you that for nowt.

“A few years ago, you described Quinton de Kock as a genius,” says Gary Naylor. “He hasn’t quite reached that level, but where would you put him as a keeper-batter? I’m tempted to say a rung off the highest level, but, in the rapidly changing game tipped further towards white ball and franchise cricket, I think this World Cup advances up a step.”

Lord, I overuse the word ‘genius’ so much. I’d agree with you that he’s a rung below the greatest – but if SA finally win a World Cup off his bat, he’d be in the conversation for the wicketkeeper’s role in an all-time ODI XI. A lovely conversation it would be, too, before we all agreed on MS Dhoni.

37th over: South Africa 214-1 (de Kock 102, van der Dussen 80) I can’t keep up with this. Santner’s latest over produces five singles and a boundary for van der Dussen, who is starting to motor himslf: he’s scored 26 off his last 17 balls.

ANOTHER HUNDRED FOR QUINTON DE KOCK!36th over: South Africa 205-1 (de Kock 100, van der Dussen 73) Nessham is okay to continue; in an hour’s time, he might wish his finger had been broken. Van der Dussen hacks a boundary to cow corner, then Trent Boult – usually so reliable in the outfield – misses his second chance in as many games. Van der Dussen mistimed a slap down the ground, but Boult misjudged the flight of the ball at long-off and didn’t get a hand on the ball as he jumped backwards. He was a fair way in from the boundary so had plenty of room to work with.

Never mind all that because Quinton de Kock has just reached his fourth hundred of the tournament! He got there in style, hooking Neesham into the crowd. This has been a measured effort, from 103 balls with eight fours and two sixes. Only Rohit Sharma, who scored five hundreds in 2019, has made more centuries at a men’s World Cup. Kumar Sangakkara also got four, I think in 2015.

Meanwhile, here’s Tim on David Willey’s retirement. Most right-thinking people will have a lot of sympathy for Willey, and I’m sure in hindsight Rob Key regrets the timing of the announcement. That said, it’s a very long tournament and had to do it at some stage. I’m not sure there was a perfect soluton.

Rob Key, who has worked wonders in Tests, got it badly wrong with #DavidWilley. You simply can’t hand contracts to your whole squad bar one. You can drop him later, as with Liam Plunkett in 2019. But it might not have been wise: since that low blow, Willey has been England’s MVP

— Tim de Lisle (@TimdeLisle) November 1, 2023 35.1 overs: South Africa 194-1 (de Kock 94, van der Dussen 68) New Zealand may have another injury problem. Neesham can’t hold a very sharp return chance offered by van der Dussen; the ball deflects to Santner, who misses a run-out chance with de Kock out of his crease at the non-striker’s end.

The physio comes on to treat Neesham. I think the problem is with the little finger on his right hand.

35th over: South Africa 194-1 (de Kock 94, van der Dussen 68) New Zealand are scoring off almost every delivery now, so even the boundaryless overs – like this one from Santner – are yielding six or seven runs.

“Having lived in Pune for seven years, I can tell you that it is usually hot during the day (true for all venues other than Dharamsala) but it does get cold by sunset,” writes Krishnamoorthy V. “By cold I mean an equivalent of a European spring. With a bit of dew too.”

Rassie van der Dussen ficks a shot as he builds a fine partnership with de Kock. Photograph: Gallo Images/Getty Images34th over: South Africa 188-1 (de Kock 91, van der Dussen 64) New Zealand have confirmed that Matt Henry has a tight hamstring. I didn’t realise Mark Chapman is injured as well, so they are down to their last 11 players. Ish Sodhi is on the field as a substitute.

Sorry, I’m a bit behind here but de Kock has raced into the nineties now. Looks like South Africa knew what they were doing all along.

33rd over: South Africa 179-1 (de Kock 84, van der Dussen 63) Santner returns, with five overs still to bowl. De Kock reverse sweeps his quicker ball for four, and some purposeful scampering makes it 10 from the over.

De Kock is 16 away from his fourth hundred in just seven innings at this World Cup. And all things being equal, you’d fancy South Africa to get at least 350 from here.

32nd over: South Africa 169-1 (de Kock 78, van der Dussen 59) Van der Dussen smiles sheepishly after dragging Boult past leg stump for a much needed boundary. Boult has been extremely good – but that was his Boult’s seventh over, so there is plenty of scope for South Africa to tuck in at the death.

31st over: South Africa 163-1 (de Kock 77, van der Dussen 54) De Kock walks inside the line to hook Southee very fine for four. His strike rate is going up but van der Dussen, like DI Sam Tyler, remains stuck in the seventies. There might be a case for a T20-style ‘retired out’ here.

30th over: South Africa 155-1 (de Kock 72, van der Dussen 51) Trent Boult returns to the attack. He starts with four dot balls to van der Dussen, then has a big appeal for a leg-side catch turned down. It clipped pad rather than bat and New Zealand were right to not review.

Just one from the over. Boult’s figures are superb: 6-1-13-1.

29th over: South Africa 154-1 (de Kock 72, van der Dussen 50) Van der Dussen waves the returning Southee for a single to reach an impassive fifty from 61 deliveries. Once again South Africa get a boundary off the last ball, this time when de Kock drags a loose ball round the corner. That takes him to 500 runs for the tournament – the first time a South African has achieved the feat. He has plenty of time to break the overall record: Sachin Tendulkar’s 673 in 2003.

There’s a chance New Zealand have read the pitch perfectly: sluggish by day, zingy by night. Nobody in the commentary box is sure what a good score might be. My instinct is that South Africa are slightly ahead, but I’m 4637.29 miles away from Pune so it’s hardly the most informed judgement.

28th over: South Africa 147-1 (de Kock 67, van der Dussen 48) Another reasonable over from Phillips is tarnished by a last-ball boundary. This time it’s from de Kock, who walks down the pitch to chip gracefully over midwicket for four.

The commentators think the pitch might be deceptively slow, hence South Africa’s relatively sluggish scoring rate. Mind you, they are only 31 runs behind where they were at this stage against England – and they were three down on that occasion.

In other news, here’s more on the strange injury that has ruled Glenn Maxwell out of Australia’s victory over England on Saturday.

27th over: South Africa 138-1 (de Kock 60, van der Dussen 47) New Zealand’s injury woes continue: Matt Henry is leaving the field after three balls of his sixth over. It looks like a hamstring strain, so he’s right not to risk any further damage.

If it’s just a twinge he might be able to bowl in the knockout stages, should New Zealand get there. But they are now without Henry, Ferguson and Kane Williamson through injury and Tim Southee is playing his first game in six weeks. They do at least have a fair bit of bowling depth, with three fifth bowlers in Phillips, Neesham and Ravindra.

It’s Neesham who completes the over, and it’s a good one for New Zealand – both bowlers conceded a single from their three deliveries.

26th over: South Africa 136-1 (de Kock 59, van der Dussen 46) Finally, somebody does get after Phillips. Six runs from the first five balls – and then six more from the last when van der Dussen nails a flat straight six. The real quiz is yet to come but South Africa are ever so impressive.

“I assume we’re all rooting for New Zealand to win this thing now?” says Max Williams. “India are unbearably hubristic (and by all accounts terrible hosts); Australia are Australia; South Africa would be a lovely story but they have just won the rugby. Wouldn’t mind Pakistan. But it’s gotta be NZ, right? I still think of 2019 as a draw anyway…”

Part of me still thinks of it as a defeat – for England. I’d like South Africa to win today, simply because it would increase Pakistan and Afghanistan’s chances of making the last four and I’m desperate for some drama, any drama. I’m also a sucker for the old cornered tigers narrative. And yet, paradoxically, if I could choose a winner of the tournament it would be New Zealand, ideally with Jimmy Neesham hitting the last ball for six in the final.

That said, it’ll be a great story whoever wins.

25th over: South Africa 124-1 (de Kock 57, van der Dussen 36) Matt Henry replaces Ravindra, whose two overs went for 17. South Africa continue to carefully build a platform for their death-hitters, though de Kock is hit on the arm by a slower bouncer.

Both batters have a strike rate of 76, which is slightly lower than they would like, but I still think they’re in a good position.

24th over: South Africa 117-1 (de Kock 55, van der Dussen 34) Another near miss for Phillips, with de Kock mistiming a drive just short of long-off.

New Zealand think have him later in the over when a reverse sweep ends in the hands of backward point, but replays confirm it’s another bump ball.

Again, just three runs from the over. Phillips is doing a terrific job: 4-0-14-0.

23rd over: South Africa 114-1 (de Kock 53, van der Dussen 33) Ravindra continues and is forced past backward point for four by van der Dussen. He has a lovely action and should become a good bowler, but in this tournament he has looked hittable. With Phillips and Neesham also in the team, along with four frontline bowlers, New Zealand don’t need to overbowl him.

22nd over: South Africa 109-1 (de Kock 52, van der Dussen 29) De Kock reverse sweeps Phillips on the bounce to backward point. For a split-second everyone thought he was out, but he clearly hit the ball into the ground.

Another cheap over from Phillips though; he’s going at just 4.56 in this tournament. For a part-timer at a runfest, that’s exceptional.

21st over: South Africa 106-1 (de Kock 50, van der Dussen 28) Ouch. Rachin Ravindra starts his spell with a full toss that is smeared for six by van der Dussen. That brings up the South African hundred.

South Africa might target Ravindra, who has gone at more than a run a ball in this tournament. De Kock reverse sweeps for four and works a single to bring up a patient, assured half-century from 62 balls. Nobody at this World Cup is playing better.

“The Maxwell news may prompt England to declare golf the national game!” says Krishnamoorthy V. “On the other hand you may not need a Maxwell to put this English misery to sleep.”

England haven’t had much luck with golf either.

Quinton de Kock on his way to his half-century. Photograph: Indranil Mukherjee/AFP/Getty Images20th over: South Africa 94-1 (de Kock 45, van der Dussen 21) Phillips hurries through five successive dot balls to de Kock. He’s a decent foil for Santner: offspinner and left-armer, dartist and craftsman. So far nobody has been able to tag him in this World Cup.

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