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ICC World Cup 2023: De Kock, Dussen star as South Africa beat New Zealand by 190 runs  

South Africa 357-4 (50 overs): Van der Dussen 133 (118), De Kock 114 (116), Miller 53 (30)

New Zealand 167 (35.3 overs): Phillips 60 (50); Maharaj 4-46, Jansen 3-31

South Africa won by 190 runs 

South Africa are on the brink of securing a place in the ICC World Cup 2023 semi-final following their 190-run victory over New Zealand on Wednesday. 

Rassie van der Dussen was the star performer for the winners as he hit a 133 knock to help his side post a formidable target. 

They then bowled New Zealand out for 167, with Keshav Maharaj taking 4-46.

Exceptional batting display from De Kock & Dussen  

The Kiwis won the toss and opted to bowl first at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium. 

They got a breakthrough in the 9th over when captain Temba Bavuma departed on 24. 

But Quinton de Kock and Rassie van der Dussen put together a magnificent partnership to put the Africans in a dominating position. 

De Kock smashed 114 with the help of ten boundaries and three sixers before falling prey to Tim Southee. 

Meanwhile, Dussen hit a 133 knock off 118 balls, with five sixes to his name. 

South Africa posted a mammoth 357 runs on the board after late fireworks from David Miller. 

Southee picked up two wickets but he also conceded 77 runs in his 10 over spell. 

Meanwhile, Trent Boult had the best economy rate as only 49 runs came in his 10 overs. 

Maharaj and Jansen take seven wickets between them 

New Zealand made a terrible start to the World Cup game as they lost Devon Conway when the score was only 8. 

Rachin Ravindra, who struck an impressive 116 against Australia, failed to stay long at the crease as Marco Jansen claimed his scalp. 

Wickets kept falling regularly, with Will Young, Daryl Mitchell, and Tom Latham all disappointing with the bat. 

Only Glenn Phillips defied the South African bowlers long enough to complete his half-century. But Gerald Coetzee ultimately dismissed him also at 60. 

Maharaj was the standout bowler for the Proteas, with the 33-year-old picking up four wickets while conceding only 46. 

The victory has lifted the Temba Bavuma-led side to the top of the ICC World Cup 2023 standings, having 12 points from seven matches. 

As for New Zealand, they have slipped down to fourth with just two points ahead of Pakistan and Afghanistan. 

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