Kiwis beat Proteas ahead of World Cup


New Zealand beat South Africa by seven wickets on Monday after rain interrupted these teams’ warm-up match on Monday.

New Zealand amassed 321 for 6 in 50 overs against the Proteas.

The Kiwi Devon Conway got 78 runs from 73 balls, with 11 fours and a six, while wicketkeeper Tom Latham was able to get 52 runs from 56 balls.

The Proteas’ fast bowlers Lungi Ngidi and Marco Jansen took three wickets each, but Kagiso Rabada and Gerald Coetzee could not get a single wicket in 90 runs and 14 overs.

At least Quinton de Kock could not score 84 runs for South Africa in his opening innings, even though he was hit on the head by one of Daryl Mitchell’s balls. He hit 12 fours and a six during his innings of 84.

Rassie van der Dussen hit 51 runs from 56 balls.

New Zealand will face England on Thursday in the first match of the World Cup cricket tournament in India.

The latter beat Bangladesh by four wickets on Monday. These were the only two warm-up matches that could take place, after the other five matches could not continue due to rain. Two of these matches were abolished even before a single ball could be bowled.

The final round of the warm-up matches takes place on Tuesday.