Quinton de Kock was poised to hit England with a whirlwind batting display when rain forced the withdrawal of a third and decisive ODI at Headingley on Sunday, leaving the Proteas to split the series 1-1.
De Kock delivered an unbelievable quality serve, scoring 92, not just 76, and led South Africa to 159/2 in 27.4 overs when a second rain break proved fatal to an intriguing match.
After a clumsy start, De Kock played some first-class shots as he raced to a 39-ball half-century, showing a fine degree of judgment when he wasn’t at his peak fluency. Ever threatened for offside, the southpaw played a couple of flashy covers, but also displayed superb wicket touch, highlighted by Sam Curran’s phenomenal border, lifting the dodgeball over the keeper.
Surprisingly given the weather, the Proteas chose to bat first and England’s first bowlers, a new pair of lefters David Wyllie and Rhys Topley, blunted South Africa’s desire for an aggressive start with quality bowling.
Janneman Malan (11) fell on the sixth fall, trying to get Willie up, but moving his grip back.
Then came Rassi van der Dussen and 75 was added to the second wicket as De Kock picked up the pace. Van der Duessen hit 26 of 38 as he narrowly tossed leg spinner Adil Rashid into the hands of a deep square leg to leave the Proteas 99/2 in the 17th round.th about.
Aiden Markram was just getting ready when the first break in the rain came with South Africa at 119/2 in Season 21.St. about.
The teams were stuck in the dressing rooms for 110 minutes, with De Kock and Markram (24* out of 34*) then adding 40 more runs to the 41 balls they faced before the rain returned and washed out the match.
three-match series T20 kicks off Wednesday in Bristol.