World Cup 2019: Van der Dussen, Amla fifties guide South Africa to 241

Put in to bat in the rain-delayed World Cup game, South Africa required a good start. But their batters barring Rassie van der Dussen and Hashim Amla failed to fire against New Zealand.

Rassie van der Dussen plays the pull during his unbeaten knock of 67 against New Zealand.   -  AP Photo

Rassie van der Dussen and Hashim Amla scored half-centuries to help South Africa post 241 for the loss of six wickets in a rain-delayed World Cup fixture against New Zealand at Edgbaston on Wednesday.

In a game that was reduced to 49 overs-a-side, Kiwi pacer Lockie Ferguson scalped three wickets as South Africa’s batsmen -- barring Hashim Amla and van der Dussen -- failed to deliver. While van der Dussen remained unbeaten on 67, Amla played a knock of 55 (83 balls) to ensure a competitive total for the Proteas.

Put in to bat, South Africa required a good start, but Trent Boult castled Quinton de Kock to hand the Kiwis the early advantage. Skipper Faf du Plessis (23), too, departed soon, failing to keep out a yorker from Ferguson.

Amla and Aiden Markram, who scored 38 before offering a catch to Colin Munro off Colin de Grandhomme, added 52 runs for the third wicket. The two steadied the ship and, in the process, Amla reached the 8,000-run mark in ODIs – the second fastest to do so.

But Amla was soon cleaned up by a classic left-arm delivery from Mitchell Santner and Markram, too, departed a while later. However, van der Dussen, who received twin reprieves, partnered David Miller (36 off 37 balls) to add 72 runs for the fifth wicket. Though van der Dussen hit a couple of boundaries and three sixes, the New Zealand bowlers kept things tight, never allowing South Africa to run away with the game.