India Assessed Conditions Better Than We Did: Quinton de Kock
Quinton de Kock’s captaincy career in T20Is started on a dismal note as India thrashed South Africa by seven wickets in the second T20I. With the win, India also took an unassailable lead in the three-match series. The first game of the series was washed out on Sunday.
Quinton de Kock did try his best by leading from the front but it was not enough to take his team over the line. The wicketkeeper-batsman top-scored for the Proteas, scoring 52 from just 37 balls. He was well supported by Temba Bavuma who was making his T20I debut. Reeza Hendricks departed early for just 6 before Quinton de Kock and Bavuma joined hands.
The two added 57 runs for the second wicket. Bavuma missed his fifty by just 1 run. The Proteas struggled to end their innings strongly. India bowled well in the death overs, conceding only 24 runs in the final four. Pacer Deepak Chahar was pick of the bowler with two wickets for 22 runs from his four overs.
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The 149-run target turned out to be too less in the end as India chased it down with ease. Skipper Virat Kohli scored an unbeaten 72 as India chased down the total in 19 overs by losing just 3 wickets.
Shikhar Dhawan and Kohli added 61 runs for the second wicket after Rohit Sharma fell for just 12. Rishabh Pant once again failed to get going and was out for just four before Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer took the team home.
Speaking at the end of the game, Quinton de Kock credited India for pulling things back with the ball towards the end. He also had some words of praise for his teammates as he hoped to do well better in the next game.
“We got off to a good start and towards the end they bowled pretty well and they assessed the conditions better than we did. There was a lot of pressure on some of the new guys and I think they did pretty well against this world-class opposition,” said Quinton de Kock.
“KG upfront tried to pick up wickets and unfortunately, with pace on the ball it looked easier to bat on and pace off the ball seemed to be the better option on this wicket. I was quite hungry to get out there and hopefully next time we do better than what we did today with the bat,” he added.