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SA vs NZ: Quinton de Kock becomes first South African batter to hit 500 runs in a single World Cup edition

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SA vs NZ: Quinton de Kock becomes first South African batter to hit 500 runs in a single World Cup edition

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Quinton de Kock added a new record to his name as he became the first South African batter to score 500 runs in a single edition of the World Cup on November 1 during the match against New Zealand.

De Kock has been a standout performer in the ICC ODI World Cup 2023. Before the match against New Zealand, the Proteas batter had played six matches and scored a total of 431 runs, making him the leading run-scorer in the tournament. His impressive performance included three centuries, one of which was a record-breaking 174-run innings against Bangladesh.

This feat made him only the sixth batter to have scored three hundreds in a single men’s World Cup edition.

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The day started with New Zealand’s stand-in skipper, Tom Latham, winning the toss and choosing to bowl first. This decision led to South Africa’s opening batsman, Quinton de Kock, taking the crease.

Throughout the innings, de Kock demonstrated his batting prowess, scoring a significant fifty. His performance was marked by a series of well-timed drives, cuts, and pulls, which kept the scoreboard ticking. He showed great skill in handling New Zealand’s bowling attack, particularly Tim Southee, who had replaced Lockie Ferguson in this match.

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De Kock’s partnership with Rassie van der Dussen was also noteworthy, as they built a 50-run stand, contributing significantly to South Africa’s score. By the 23rd over, South Africa had reached 114/1, with de Kock and van der Dussen continuing to build their partnership.

Despite some close calls, including a near-catch by Mitchell Santner and a miscued punch that Glenn Phillips almost caught, de Kock managed to maintain his wicket. His fifty came with a gentle clip to deep mid-wicket, marking a significant milestone in his World Cup journey.

As he went past the score of 69, De Kock became the first South African batter to score 500 runs in a single edition of the World Cup. The previous best by a South African batter was when Jacques Kallis scored 485 runs during the 2007 World Cup in West Indies.

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Nov 1, 2023

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