New Zealand vs South Africa is currently underway at the ODI World Cup 2023 in Maharastra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune. Batting first South Africa who have been the most dangerous side in the tournament. Opener Quinton de Kock who has been in sensational form in the tournament has again scored his fourth century in the mega event with all four of them coming in this edition of the tournament. He reached his century with a six.
He became the first South African batter to score four hundred in World Cup history. De Kock surpassed the greatest all-rounder Jacques Kallis's most runs in a single tournament edition. The wicket-keeper joined the former Sri Lanka skipper Kumara Sangakkara with that ton as the great batter scored 4 hundreds in the 2015 edition. The Southpaw has the chance to tie and break the record of Indian skipper Rohit Sharma who had five hundreds in the 2019 edition.
This is the highest score by the wicket-keeper batter against the Kiwis in the ODIs. He reached his ton in 103 balls and hit 8 fours and 3 sixes. Kiwis have the upper hand in the World Cup against the Proteas they have won it six times out of the 8 matches they have played in the mega event.
De Kock and Van der Dussen smashes Kiwi bowlers
The Proteas have got to a good start with skipper Temba Bavuma as the only wicket to fall. After that, Rassie van der Dussen and de Kock built the innings slowly and took chances when required. Both the batters have stitched a partnership of 200 runs in just 192 balls. The left-handed batter was dismissed by Tim Southee after scoring 114 runs off 116 balls, hitting 10 fours and 3 sixes.
Van der Dussen has scored his second hundred in the World Cup 2023. The Proteas are eyeing another big total in the tournament and might able to achieve that too with 10 overs left.
Here's how fans reacted
De Kock's performance is so good, he might just haunt Sri Lanka, the Netherlands, Bangladesh, and New Zealand's nightmares forever.— Stewie (@StewzieGriffin) November 1, 2023
Take a bow De Kock, a quality knock pic.twitter.com/2h3BZlwEdZ— Sameer Khanal (@Sameer_knl18) November 1, 2023
GREAT PLAYER— Andleeb Akhtar 🇮🇳 (@mr_akhtar_17) November 1, 2023
De kock answered his prayer pic.twitter.com/dJKKWRIH1S— Secular Chad (@SachabhartiyaRW) November 1, 2023
I’d be very tempted to send Klassen ahead of Markram today…— जय श्री राम (@JaiShreeRam90) November 1, 2023
what a great player!— Pragati (@tech_pragati) November 1, 2023
In a dream form... continue with the Dominance at top of the order ..5th of nov bumrah vs de kock a great battle ready....— Sachin Yadav (@imsachinyadav1) November 1, 2023