de Kock gets reprieve as bails don’t fall off: South Africa opening batsman was fortunate against Adil Rashid in the second innings.
During the first match of the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between England and South Africa at The Oval, South Africa opening batsman Quinton de Kock received a lucky reprieve after bails didn’t fall despite hitting the stumps.
It all happened on the penultimate over of the 11th over when de Kock’s attempt to play a reverse sweep off England leg-spinner Adil Rashid saw him hitting the ball back on his stumps. With the bails not falling off the stumps, de Kock was fortunate enough to continue batting in the middle.
What further went South Africa’s way was the fact that the ball ended up reaching the boundary and that they received four runs on a delivery where they could have lost their opener.
Having opened the batting with veteran batsman Hashim Amla, de Kock has scored a praiseworthy half-century in a 312-run chase. With Amla retired hurt and South Africa losing a couple of wickets, they would be expecting the southpaw to convert his start into a formidable score.
After South Africa captain Faf du Plessis won the toss and put England in to bat, the hosts scored 311/8 in 50 overs. England all-rounder Ben Stokes returned to form as he scored his 16th half-century. Coming in to bat at No. 5 in the 20th over, Stokes ended up scoring 89 (79) with the help of nine fours.
de Kock gets reprieve as bails don’t fall off:
How Twitter reacted:
— Vinay (@vinay24k) May 30, 2019
— Mxolisi Ngcobo (@MX_8) May 30, 2019
Quinton de Kock playing really well. This match is by no means beyond South Africa. So far a cracking start to the World Cup.
— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) May 30, 2019
— tipstermetro (@tipstermetro) May 30, 2019
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