Home > Innings report >

Faf du Plessis, Quinton de Kock’s blitzkrieg helps South Africa post 80 against Australia in 7 overs a side match

Quinton de Kock © Getty Images
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.

Brief scores:

South Africa 80 for 1 in 7 overs (Quinton de Kock 41*, Faf du Plessis 27*; Nathan Coulter-Nile 1 for 17 ) vs Australia

Full Scorecard

(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)

Bangladesh Tour of West Indies, 2014

Aug 22, 2014 (18:30 IST)   at St George's, Grenada

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 23, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Hambantota

India tour of England 2014

Aug 25, 2014 (15:00 IST)   at Bristol

Bangladesh Tour of West Indies, 2014

Aug 25, 2014 (00:00 IST)   at Basseterre, St Kitts

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Aug 25, 2014 (13:00 IST)   at Harare


South Africa in Zimbabwe, 2014

Aug 21, 2014  at Bulawayo

South Africa won by 7 wkts

Bangladesh Tour of West Indies, 2014

Aug 20, 2014  at St George's, Grenada

West Indies won by 3 wkts

South Africa in Zimbabwe, 2014

Aug 19, 2014  at Bulawayo

South Africa won by 61 runs

South Africa in Zimbabwe, 2014

Aug 17, 2014  at Bulawayo

South Africa won by 93 runs

India tour of England 2014

Aug 15, 2014  at London

England won by an innings and 244 runs


England Women vs India Women 2014, 1st ODI at Scarborough


Hughes explains technique behind cut shot

India still in a position to succeed against England in ODIs

13 things you may not know about Ravi Shastri

Duncan Fletcher speaks out; explains why Team India failed in the Test series against England!

Science of slip fielding: What might be wrong with Team India’s slip cordon

England England vs India England vs India 2014 India India tour of England 2014 India vs England India vs England 2014 Pakistan Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka 2014 Pakistan vs Sri Lanka Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 2014 Sri Lanka Sri Lanka vs Pakistan Sri Lanka vs Pakistan 2014 Zimbabwe

England Women restrict India Women to 193/8 despite Smriti Mandhana’s half-century

South Africa complete 3-0 annihiliation of Zimbabwe with 7 wicket victory in 3rd ODI

GCA to be derecognised by Goa government

Chris Gayle competes with Dan Bilzerian on Instagram

Varun Aaron named in Jharkhand’s preliminary squad ahead of Ranji Trophy 2014-15

India vs England 2014: Who will face the media after a disastrous day?

ICC World Cup 2011 to 2015: Test playing nations have seen numerous changes to the coaching setup

Lalit Modi nominates N Srinivasan for ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!

Yasir Hameed: I have certainly not fulfilled the potential I had

India still in a position to succeed against England in ODIs

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

660 Posts | 6 Fans

Funny Cricket Wonders and Blunders

Amitabh Bachchan’s next ‘Shamitabh’: What does the title mean?

Deepika Padukone: I did not leave any film for Bajirao Mastani!

Sarfaraz Ahmed aims to play in all three formats for Pakistan

Perfect skincare regime that will protect you from the sun this summer revealed

New device brings wireless charging to cell phones, laptops

Varun Aaron named in Jharkhand’s preliminary squad ahead of Ranji Trophy 2014-15

Rock ‘n’ roll-themed spa treatment uses pulsating beats and vibrations

Why did Mahesh Babu’s fans took a dig on Samantha again?

Motorola could launch as many as 8 new smartphones this year: Report

Indian Junior Open Squash receives over 500 entries

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here