Quinton De Kock’s stunning century handed South Africa a six-wicket win against Australia in the first one-day international at SuperSport Park.
With 16 fours and 11 sixes, the left-handed cricketer struck 178 off 113 balls and ensured South Africa cruised past the challenging target of 295. The South Africa national team won with 13.4 overs to spare.
De Kock and Rilee Rossouw started the trumping of Australia when they humbled the Australian pace bowling attack in an opening partnership of 145 off 104 balls.
It was the 2nd highest opening partnership for South Africa against Australia in ODI history.
De Kock however, was the man of the moment. He undoubtedly, exhibited one of the finest batting ever seen.
He literally dominated the game from the beginning of his innings, striking a six off the Australian team in the second over. He reached 50 off 38 balls and reached his 11th one-day international century off 74 balls when he dragged Daniel Worrall for his fourth six.
De Kock soon soared past the 150-run mark, there were in all, 11 hits over the boundary fence and he almost attained
His 178 runs is the second highest individual ODI score by a South African batsman. The highest individual ODI score by a South African batsman is 188 by Gary Kirsten.
Speaking after the game, De Kock said: “…the ball comes on nicely…me and Rilee didn’t have to do anything extravagant.”
The South Africa national team captain, Faf du Plessis, the Australians and everyone else are lees willing to embrace De kock’s sentiment.
“At night it is difficult to defend, but that doesn’t take anything away from Quinton,” Du Plessis stated. The Australian captain, Steve Smith agreed with Du Plessis saying De Kock’s performance was superb.
“He was magnificent. It was a 370 – 380 wicket if you look back at it now. Someone (for Australia) had to get a big hundred like Quinton did,” said captain Smith.