Proteas shine but rain has the final say

2013-12-11 20:37

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South Africa: 301/8 (AB de Villiers 109, Quinton de Kock 101, David Miller 56*, Ishant Sharma 4/40, Shami 3/69) Match abandoned

Quinton de Kock scored a third consecutive century but rain had the final say in the final ODI between South Africa and India at SuperSport Park.

South Africa had already secured the series after winning the first two matches.

The 20-year-old de Kock, along with his captain AB de Villiers, rescued the home team from 28/3 in the eighth over after an incisive spell from Indian paceman Ishant Sharma. The gangly speedster nipped out Henry Davids and JP Duminy in four balls in an excellent double wicket maiden.

He extracted subtle movement from a pitch that had sweated under the covers due to heavy rain on Tuesday. It made De Villiers’ decision to bat even more ludicrous, but the captain took on the responsibility in the best way he knows how; through a 96-ball 100.

His first 50 came off 71 balls as the skipper righted a listing ship. With the Indian bowling attack flagging, his second 50 was compiled of just 25 balls as his small home-ground suited his aerial approach.

He clubbed five sixes and six fours in his 101-ball innings. His 171-run partnership with De Kock, made off 184 balls, was a lesson in salvaging and accelerating.

De Kock showed his new-found maturity having to watch his senior partners perish at the other end. His fluent century meant that he joined a select band of players who have scored three consecutive ODI centuries. He is the third South African after Herschelle Gibbs and AB de Villiers to achieve the feat.

From 213/4 in the 40th, the Proteas were primed to steam past 320 but in dismissing De Kock and Ryan McLaren, the impressive Sharma ensured that would not be the case.

The rest of the attack though did not countenance David Miller whose 34-ball innings made sure 300 was breached, making up for the loss of De Villiers, who was trapped in front by Umesh Yadav.

Then Mother Nature decided to intervene and the match was abandoned.

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