Cricket World Cup 2023: Why will Pakistan benefit from New Zealand’s big defeat?

South Africa defeated New Zealand by 190 runs and secured their place in the semi-finals. On the other hand, this is New Zealand’s third straight defeat in the tournament. Therefore, their path to the semi-finals has become more difficult.

South Africa vs New Zealand in the ICC ODI World Cup on Wednesday (November 1). New Zealand did not meet the challenge of 358 runs given by South Africa in these matches. His entire team was bowled out for 167 runs.

The South African bowlers took wickets from the start and did not give New Zealand any chance. Glenn Phillips top scored with 60 runs. Phillips, who came in to play at number six, was the last to be dismissed.

Keshav Maharaj became the most successful bowler from South Africa. He took 4 wickets. Marco Jansen took 3 wickets, Gerald Kotzi took 2 wickets and Kagiso Rabada took 1 wicket.

Pakistan benefits

Babar Azam’s Pakistan will benefit from New Zealand’s big defeat. If New Zealand had defeated Africa, they would have had 10 points after this match.

Pakistan has two more matches left. Babar Azam’s team currently has 6 points. Even if they win both remaining matches, they can get 10 points.

If New Zealand and Pakistan are tied on points, New Zealand can knock Pakistan out of the tournament based on overall run rate.

New Zealand’s defeat against South Africa was essential for Pakistan to avoid this potential threat. Pakistan’s hopes have been boosted by the satisfactory result in the match in Pune.

New Zealand vs Pakistan will be played on Saturday 4th November. This match will be very important for both teams.

De Kock’s record

Centuries by Quinton de Kock and Rassie van der Deusen were the hallmarks of South Africa’s big win. De Kock scored his fourth century in this World Cup.

He had previously scored three centuries in this World Cup in Sri Lanka (100), Australia (109), Bangladesh (174). After that, he also scored a century against New Zealand.

He has equaled Kumar Sangakkara’s record of scoring four centuries in a single World Cup. Sangkara had achieved this record in 2015. Rohit Sharma holds the record for most 5 centuries in a single World Cup.

De Kock also completed the milestone of 500 runs in this match. De Kock is the first batsman to complete this milestone in this World Cup.

De Kock scored 114 runs off 116 balls. He hit 14 fours and 3 sixes in this innings. He shared a 200-run partnership with Dusen for the second wicket before being dismissed.

Deussen’s century

Rassie van der Deusen was the highest scorer for South Africa with 133 runs. This is Dusen’s second century in this tournament. He earlier scored 108 runs against Sri Lanka.

Dusen, who scored a century in 101 balls, hit 9 fours and 5 sixes in this innings.

David Miller, who was promoted to bat at number four, scored 53 runs in 30 balls. Due to the efforts of all these, South Africa reached the mark of 357 runs for 4.

South Africa scored 119 runs for 2 wickets in the last 10 overs.

Team Saudi took 2 wickets while Trent Boult and Jimmy Neesham took 1 wicket each from New Zealand.

Another blow to New Zealand:

New Zealand’s headache in this tournament is not abating. This team has been plagued by injuries since the start, with fast bowler Matt Henry getting injured in the match against South Africa.

Henry hurt his right leg while bowling the 27th over of the African innings. So he left the field. Jimmy Neesham completed the remainder of his over.

New Zealand’s regular captain Kane Williamson could only play one match in this tournament due to injury. Fast bowler Lockie Ferguson also missed the match against Africa due to injury. After that, New Zealand’s worries increased as Henry also got injured.

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