Quinton de Kock’s belligerent innings helps South Africa outclass Australia by six wickets

The first game of the series between South Africa and Australia played at SuperSport Park in Centurion. The hosts managed to overpower the visitors after a belligerent century scored by Quinton de Kock meant that it was mere canter for South Africa who chased down 290 runs in just 35 overs.

South Africa got off to a great start as openers Quinton de Kock and Rilee Rossouw put on a 145 partnership for the first wicket. The breakthrough came as leg spinner Adam Zampa trapped Rossouw in front to see the hosts lose their first wicket. Zampa was the only who could contain de Kock while others were carted all over the park.de Kock played with effortless ease as he timed the ball so cleanly as he demolished the Australian attack in the initial overs. Rossouw also played well as he came into the side as last minute change for Hashim Amla who was out due to an infection. He was particularly aggressive against Scot Boland and John Hastings.

De Kock continued in similar vein as South African Captain Faf du Plessis played normally and rotated the strike with frequency. The left hander went onto notch up his 11th hundred in just 74 balls and hit boundaries at regular intervals. He scored 178 runs off 113 balls to make South Africa on the verge of winning the game. He hit sixteen fours and eleven sixes in his innings. Scott Boland clean bowled du Plessis who scored 26 runs off 36 balls. David Miller and Farhan Behardien remained unbeaten to take the side to win the game by six wickets.

Earlier in the day, South Africa won the toss and elected to field first. Australia got off to great start as David Warner and Aaron Finch to score over 60 runs in space of first ten overs. Wayne Parnell came into the attack as he dismissed Warner who was looking dangerous for his 36 ball 40 runs. Aaron Finch also perished after that as pacer Andile Phehlukwayo took his first wicket. The youngster also got rid of the captain Steve Smith to see Australia slide to 90 for 3 after 12 overs. Mitchell Marsh also got in and struck some hefty blows as he scored 31 runs off 25 balls but he could not go on to score big as Phehlukwayo got this third wicket as he nicked a delivery  to the keeper Quinton de Kock.

George Bailey top scored for Australia with 74 runs off 90 balls.He hit seven fours and three sixes in his innings. He was dismissed at a critical moment as Steyn managed to trap him with slower delivery as tried to clear the ropes only to be taken by fielder David Miller. John Hastings played a nice innings at the end as he notched his 50 runs off 56 balls to take Australia to a competitive total of 294 runs in their 50 overs.

Australia will rue the fact all the batsmen got starts and could not go on to score big as host South Africa take 1-0 lead in the five match one day series. The next game will be played at the Wanderers, Johannesburg on Sunday.

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