New Zealand v South Africa: Cricket World Cup 2023 – live | Cricket World Cup 2023
10th over: South Africa 43-1 (de Kock 13, van der Dussen 4) Tim Southee, who hasn’t played since fracturing his thumb against England in mid-September. almost strikes second ball when de Kock is dropped by Phillips at backward point.
It was a fiendishly tough chance – one-handed, flying to his right – but the way he is drumming his fingers on his face suggests he’s disappointed not to take it.
Van der Dussen pulls a freebie for four to get off the mark, and that’s your lot for the over.
9th over: South Africa 38-1 (de Kock 12, van der Dussen 0) Good stuff from Boult, whose figures are 5-1-12-1. Latham might be tempted to give him one more, such is the importance of early wickets.
All that talk of Boult v de Kock and it’s Bavuma who falls. He tried to drive a fullish delivery and edged it low to slip, where Daryl Mitchell took a smart low catch. New Zealand needed that.
8.1 overs: South Africa 37-0 (de Kock 11, Bavuma 24) Bizarrely, given South Africa’s record, this is the fourth time at this World Cup and the eighth time since September that they have been asked to bat first in an ODI.
Boult, who has bowled pretty well despite the lack of wickets, pins de Kock on the shouldedr with a short ball. There’s a break in play while he receives treatment, though he looks fine.
8th over: South Africa 37-0 (de Kock 11, Bavuma 24) A loose ball from Henry is touched fine for four by Bavuma. New Zealand are showing the first signs of frustration. It would be interesting to hear Tom Latham’s internal monologue right now; the last six captains to put South Africa in have conceded 399, 311, 428, 315, 416 and 338.
Bavuma gets four more later in the over, though I missed it because I was looking up the aforementioned stat.
7th over: South Africa 29-0 (de Kock 11, Bavuma 16) So far, so good for South Africa. De Kock is playing a Test-match innings, waiting for Boult to be taken out of the attack. He squirts a square drive for four, which takes him into double figures. He has 11 from 21 balls, Bavuma 16 from 21.
6th over: South Africa 22-0 (de Kock 5, Bavuma 16) Bavuma, who looks in good touch, drives Henry handsomely over cover for six. It wasn’t a bad ball at all. Bavuma is still looking for his first fifty of the tournament, which is a surprise given his mighty form coming into the tournament.
5th over: South Africa 15-0 (de Kock 4, Bavuma 10) Boult is getting some movement with new ball, but it’s early swing and therefore less dangerous. Even so, he has been on the money and there’s just a leg-bye from his third over.
Fifteen from five overs. It’s the calm before the storm(s).
4th over: South Africa 14-0 (de Kock 4, Bavuma 10) Excellent cricket from Temba Bavuma, who times two extra-cover drives for four in the space of three balls. Both deliveries from Henry were overpitched, though nowhere near half-volleys.
I could look like a useless f-pig in an hour’s time, but I’m really not sure about New Zealand’s decision to bowl first. Why would you give the monster what it wants for breakfast? Make it eat a beetroot salad, see what it thinks of that.
3rd over: South Africa 6-0 (de Kock 4, Bavuma 2) A spectacular delivery from Boult beats de Kock on the inside, hits him on the thigh and deflects through to Latham. Boult instinctively goes up for caught behind, but his heart isn’t truly in it.
New Zealand have started well, and South Africa are playing cautiously as a result. Their best ODI innings are a crescendo, so the most important thing is to not lose early wickets.
2nd over: South Africa 4-0 (de Kock 3, Bavuma 1) Matt Henry had a bad day against Australia, when David Warner and Travis Head inflicted figures of 6.2-0-67-1 upon him.
He starts well here, beating Bavuma with a classic outswinger. An off-drive is well stopped at mid-off, which means New Zealand have already saved 10 runs in the field. Bavuma gets off the mark with a thick edge for a single and de Kock tucks another into the leg side.
1st over: South Africa 2-0 (de Kock 2, Bavuma 0) Trent Boult has a fine head-to-head record against Quinton de Kock, as do a few left-arm seamers. After three outswingers, he slips in a straight one that de Kock defends a little awkwardly. Boult smiles; when doesn’t he?
De Kock times the fifth ball through mid-off for a couple, with Conway doing well to save the boundary, and then forces a back cut that is spectacularly stopped by – yep – Glenn Phillips. Even by modern standards, he’s a truly great fielder.
Quinton de Kock and Temba Bavuma walk out to open the batting. This is Bavuma’s 71st white-ball game for South Africa – and his first against New Zealand.
South Africa in ODIs in 2023
Batting first W9 L1
Batting second W4 D4
Tom Latham’s decision to put them in is quite fascinating, especially given what happened to Jos Buttler and England a couple of weeks ago.
This is tremendous. My old table football nemesis Andrew Miller has written literally thousands of top-class pieces in the past 20-odd years. Thousands of pieces, tens of thousands of beautifully crafted words – and his place in history was earned by a single utterance in May 2022.
A bit of England news: David Willey will retire from international cricket after this World Cup. History, I suspect, will be kinder to his England career than most of us were during it.
One change apiece. The fit-again Tim Southee replaces the injured Lockie Ferguson for New Zealand; South Africa alter the balance of their attack by bringing in Kagiso Rabada for Tabraiz Shamsi.
New Zealand Conway, Young, Ravindra, Mitchell, Latham (c/wk), Phillips, Neesham, Santner, Henry, Southee, Boult.
South Africa de Kock (wk), Bavuma (c), van der Dussen, Markram, Klaasen, Miller, Jansen, Coetzee, Rabada, Maharaj, Ngidi.
Crikey, another captain has put South Africa into bat. Tom Latham cites the possibility of dew later as the main reason. Interesting.
The World Cup has taken a sudden turn for the better. When South Africa beat Pakistan and New Zealand lost to Australia at the weekend, it felt like confirmation of the most predictable group stage in history. But the manner of Afghanistan and Pakistan’s wins in the last couple of days has reopened the possibility of a late drama that would justify this never-ending league stage.
There are two ways of looking at today’s game between New Zealand and South Africa in the Pune. The first is that the winner is more likely to avoid India in the semi-finals; the second is that the loser, particularly if it’s New Zealand, will be left scrapping just to reach the semi-finals.
The permutations are too boring to detail here, which is to say I don’t fully understand them, but defeat for New Zealand would make their next game – Pakistan in Bengaluru on Saturday – a humdinger.
Even South Africa, formidable though they have been, are not completely safe. Their net run-rate means they could probably afford to lose the last three games and still make the semi-finals. But South Africa know better than anyone that, when it comes to World Cups, it’s safer not to trust the small print.
The smart money is still on a last four of India, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. But there’s a soupçon of a suggestion of a hint of a chance of a dramatic twist. Us unexpected neutrals would have taken that 48 hours ago.
The match starts at 8.30am GMT, 2pm in Pune.