All round South Africa beats New Zealand to Stay in Contention for the fifth Spot
South Africa brilliant display with both bat and ball keeps them in contention for the fifth spot as the beat New Zealand by 73 runs.
South Africa learned their lessons from the previous match as they posted a towering total of 284/6. Matthew Breetzke (115 off 122) and Raynard van Tonder (117 off 129) both scored centuries at the Hagley Oval.
With Gerald Coetzee returning 5/32, New Zealand was bowled out for 211, their batsmen never fully recovering after an early breakdown. Dale Phillips’s fighting 82-ball 74 turned out to be their only positive. South Africa’s win means they will play either Bangladesh or England in the play-off for the fifth spot.
South Africa added a quick 42 for the opening wicket before Luke Georgeson got onto nip into Pillay, trapping the left-hand batsman plumb in front. Since then, Breetzkee and van Tonder went about resolutely defending thereafter, refusing to get drawn into anything too risky.
That gears had shifted came in the 38th over, when van Tonder picked 16 runs off a Felix Murray over. Breetzke got out shortly after reaching his hundred, but van Tonder hung around till the penultimate over to further boost the total.
New Zealand never looked likely to topple the chase, especially after losing a flurry of early wickets. Rachin Ravindra (13) and skipper Kaylum Boshier (27) seemed to have partially rebuilt the innings, putting on 36 for the third wicket. However, two wickets in as many overs reduced New Zealand to 55/4.
Sandeep Patel joined Phillips, and the two added a 41-run stand for the sixth wicket which made Van Tonder bring his strike bowler Coetzee who struck twice to reduce New Zealand at 96/6. But Phillips kept their hopes up, as he reached his fifty off 64 balls.
That was far too hopeful though. He holed out off Akhona Mnyaka, and the New Zealand tail promptly collapsed. They will now have to satisfy themselves with the seventh spot.
Brief Score: South Africa 284/6 in 50 overs (Van Tonder 117, Breetzkee 115) beat New Zealand 211 in 43.5 overs (Phillips 74; Coetzee 5/32) by 73 runs.
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