Quinton de Kock © Getty Images
By Abhijit Banare
Mar 12, 2014
Dark clouds, rain, heavier rain followed by relentless efforts from ground staff saw South Africa post 80 in seven overs a side match in the second Twenty20 International against Australia at Durban. The Proteas had little to think as they failed to start at the fourth gear in a blink and miss game. Quinton de Kock’s 40 in 20 balls and Faf du Plessis scored 27 in 13.
With a wet outfield, the umpires took utmost care to ensure that it won’t be hazardous for the teams which were anyway battling a few injury concerns. Seven patches of saw dust adorned the Kingsmead ground as the play was about to commence.
There’s was no doubt that the team winning the toss was going to bowl first to see what they have to chase down in such a short match. Australia did the same while Faf du Plessis still had a surprised look thinking what he would have chosen if he had won the toss.
And more astonishing aspect was, South Africa fielded a playing XI without AB de Villiers. And despite having an explosive middle-order with David Miller, JP Duminy and Albie Morkel, started off with a sedate Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock. Mitchell Starc started off the proceedings and Hashim Amla could do nothing on the first two deliveries. The third ball was a neatly timed cover drive for a boundary. Amla’s scratchy innings could almost cost as he was eventually caught by Nathan Coulter-Nile off his own bowling for four at the cost of nine precious deliveries.
Quinton de Kock eventually started off the blaze with a a boundary and a six off Shane Watson. Faf du Plessis creamed length deliveries by Dan Christian in the fifth over a boundary and two sixes in consecutive deliveries.
Coulter-Nile, bowling the sixth over of the innings was disciplined for most deliveries barring two which was scored off as du Plessis got an inside edge which went for a boundary and de Kock then smacked a low fill-toss over long-off for a six.
Quinton de Kock kept the scoreboard running with a couple of sixes before Starc conceded five wides.
South Africa did well to set at least 10-an over required rate for the Australians to keep some interest in the game. This match might as well fold up in a flash as two explosive opening batsmen, David Warner and Aaron Finch come begin the chase.
South Africa 80 for 1 in 7 overs (Quinton de Kock 41*, Faf du Plessis 27*; Nathan Coulter-Nile 1 for 17 ) vs Australia
(Abhijit Banare is a reporter at CricketCountry. He is an avid quizzer and loves to analyse and dig out interesting facts which allows him to learn something new every day. Apart from cricket he also likes to keep a sharp eye on Indian politics, and can be followed on Twitter and blog)