Brilliant Proteas mess with Kiwis


Another Protea burst.

South Africa beat New Zealand for the second time in just a few days on the sports field. This time the Protea cricket team overwhelmed the Blackcaps by 190 runs in a World Cup match in Pune.

Rassie van der Dussen, Quinton de Kock and David Miller first saw to it that the South Africans were able to pile up 357/4 in their allowed 50 overs, after which Keshav Maharaj and Marco Jansen frequently turned wickets.

The Proteas’ heavyweight batsmen first take the brunt of their opponents’ sails, after which the bowlers take care of the knockout blow.

Ricky Ponting, the former Australian cricket captain, said in the commentator’s booth that South Africa is currently a very dangerous team, while the players trust each other on the field and obviously enjoy the game.

After Van der Dussen and co’s fireworks display, Jansen let the ball do the talking under the floodlights.

The left-hander was accurate and he swung the ball to get rid of dangerous Kiwi batsmen like Devon Conway and Rachin Ravindra.

At the same time, Maharaj boosted his status as a white-ball cricket star with a good bowling analysis of 4/46.

If it wasn’t for Glenn Phillips – a South African born New Zealander – whirlwind innings, South Africa would have won the match even further.

  • Summary of the scorecard:

South Africa 357/4 after 50 overs: Rassie van der Dussen 133, Quinton de Kock 114 and Tim Southee 2/77.

New Zealand 167/10 in 35.3 overs: Glenn Phillips 60, Keshav Maharaj 4/46 and Marco Jansen 3/31.

Player of the Match: Race van der Dussen.

  • Scoring:
  1. South Africa: 12 points after seven games
  2. India: 12 points after six matches
  3. Australia: 8 points after six matches
  4. New Zealand: 8 points after seven games
  5. Pakistan: 6 points after seven matches
  6. Afghanistan: 6 points after six games
  7. Sri Lanka: 4 points after six matches
  8. Netherlands: 4 points after six games
  9. Bangladesh: 2 points after seven matches
  10. England: 2 points after six games.