Watch: Keshav Maharaj’s unbelievable turn to dismiss James Neesham in ICC Cricket World Cup 2023
Keshav Maharaj took 4 wickets against New Zealand in ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 match in Pune.
South Africa had a strong batting performance after losing the toss and sent in to bat first. Quinton de Kock and Rassie van der Dussen both scored centuries, and David Miller provided the finishing touch with a rapid 50. This resulted in South Africa posting an impressive total of 357/4 against New Zealand in another dominant display.
New Zealand’s attempt to chase down the formidable target set by South Africa didn’t go according to their plan. Their trouble began right from the start of their innings, as they lost Conway with only 8 runs on the board. Both their top-order and middle-order batsmen found it challenging to counter the relentless bowling attack from South Africa. As a result, wickets kept falling at regular intervals, creating a sense of unease within the New Zealand camp. The difficulties were not limited to just the top-order batsmen but also affected the middle-order players. Wickets fell regularly, and things looked quite grim for them as they reached a score of 109 for 7.
Keshav Maharaj’s unbelievable turn to dismiss James Neesham
James Neesham’s entry to the crease was delayed due to an injury; he had been hit on his right hand while bowling. In the 27th over, Keshav Maharaj bowled a remarkable delivery to James Neesham. Keshav Maharaj skillfully floated the ball just outside the off-stump, tempting Neesham to step forward and defend.
The ball displayed a slight drift away from the batsman, landing well outside the off-stump, and then sharply spun back in. It expertly located a narrow gap between Neesham’s bat and pad, ultimately crashing into the leg-stump. Upon reviewing the replays, it was evident that there was a faint inside edge from Neesham before the ball dislodged the stumps. Unfortunately, Neesham’s struggle resulted in him getting dismissed for a duck after facing just 8 deliveries.
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In the end, South Africa emerged victorious in the match by a significant margin of 190 runs. Keshav Maharaj was a standout performer with impressive figures in 9 overs, taking 4 wickets for just 46 runs. For New Zealand, Glenn Phillips was the top scorer with 60 runs to his name. However, the New Zealand innings concluded with them being bowled out for a total of just 167 runs.