Quinton De Kock shone as the Proteas took on Australia in their first ODI match at SuperSport Park in Centurion yesterday.
Proteas captain, Faf Du Plessis won the toss and sent the visitors in to bat.
SuperSport Park is known for its runs fest and a score of 300 plus was definately on the cards for the visitors.
The Aussies got off to a good start with David Warner and Aaron Finch scoring 64 for the opening partnership before Warner was caught by Andile Phehlukwayo off Wayne Parnell’s bowling for 40. The Aussies soon found themselves in a spot of bother when Finch and Smith lost their wickets. Mitchell Marsh looked promising before being caught behind by De Kock off the bowling of Phehlukwayo, with his score on 31.
George Bailey managed to steady the ship for the Aussies and along with John Hastings, scored 79 runs in their 7th wicket partnership before Hastings was out for 51 and Bailey followed soon after, with his score on 74.
The Aussies managed to score 294/9 in their allotted 50 overs.
Andile Phehlukwayo faired the best of the Proteas bowlers with figures of 4-44 in his 10 overs.
De Kock dominates
In an batting performance that would surely gain great respect from the master blaster himself, Chris Gayle, Quinton De Kock wreaked havoc with the Australian bowling lineup.
It didn’t matter what the Aussies bowled at him, Man of the Match, De Kock played a game of extreme intellect, patience and precision and was rewarded with his highest ODI innings score of 178 runs off 113 balls, which included 16 fours and 11 sixes. He was eventually caught by Travis Head off the bowling of Scott Boland.
De Kock was supported by his opening partner, Rilee Rossouw, who scored a well deserved 63 from 45 balls before being trapped lbw by Adam Zampa with the Proteas score on 125, and also Proteas captain, Faf Du Plessis, who notched up 26 runs before being bowled by Scott Boland.
The Proteas reached their target of 295/4 in 36.2 overs with Miller and Behardien not out at the crease.
Scott Boland performed the best of the Aussie bowlers, notching up 3-67 in his 7 overs.
There are still four ODIs to follow:
– Bidvest Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg on 2/10
– Sahara Stadium Kingsmead, Durban on 5/10
– St George`s Park, Port Elizabeth on 9/10
– PPC Newlands, Cape Town on 12/10