Proteas captain Temba Bavuma has praised his side for a clinical display with bat and dominance with the ball in their win over New Zealand in a Cricket World Cup match on Wednesday.

The Proteas posted a final total of 357 for four after centuries from batsmen Quinton de Kock and Rassie van der Dussen. This was de Kock’s fourth century, and van der Dussen’s second this tournament.

New Zealand replied with 167 all out in 35.3 overs. Spinner Keshav Maharaj took four wickets, and seamer Marco Jansen took three.

The result pushed South Africa to the first position in the tournament’s 10-team standings with 12 points. India is in the second position, Australia is third, and New Zealand is fourth.

“The Kiwis bowled well upfront. We had to work hard. Quinton played brilliantly and guided me,” said van der Dussen, who was named Player of the Match.

“We batted together nicely, and we went big as the ball got softer. The wicket was one where if bowlers hit a length, there was something in it for them.

“Quinton was reminding me to keep my shape, respect good balls. It’s tough to hit through the line right away. We are very pleased to win by a big margin.”

Proteas captain Temba Bavuma added, “That was a clinical display with the bat. We applied pressure with the ball. We were always looking to dominate with the new ball and through the middle overs.”

The Proteas’ next Cricket World Cup fixtures will be against India in Kolkata on 5 November and Afghanistan in Ahmedabad on 10 November.