Quinton de Kock’s sixth ODI 100 propelled South Africa to a decent total of 280-6 in 50 overs in the fifth ODI against Australia at the SCG, Sydney. His knock was well backed by Farhaan Behardien’s 41 ball 63.
De Kock scored his 100 from 117 balls and scored 13 fours in his splendid century, first against Century. He also became the First South African to score a century at Sydney. It’s also his 3rd century away from home. His last century came in November last year when he an impressive 112 against Pakistan at Abu Dhabi.
With Ab devilliers not playing the match, someone from the Proteas team needed to step it up and De Kock dit it pretty well. Quinton De Dock Departed for a well made 107 runs, he would have wanted to play till the end and get his team to a good score but that was not the case.
With six Hundreds in 35 games at an average of 45, de Kock first grabbed the limelight when he score three consecutive centuries against India when India toured South Africa in 2013-14. He was made the captain of South africa U-19 team, but wasn’t able to handle the captaincy and was asked to play just as a wicket keeper batsman. The move paid rich dividents as he was the highest scorer for his team. He made his ODI debut in early 2013 against New- Zealand, and made his Test Debut against Australia this year. He opens the batting for South Africa and with a strike rate of nearly 91 is expected to give a flying start to the African nation who are also looking to win their First World Cup.
If Australia manages to chase this down, they will win the series 4-1 and go to number 1 in the latest ICC ODI rankings.
Brief Score: South Africa 280-6 in 50 overs (De Kock 107, Behardien 63, Pat cummins 3/47) vs Australia.