South African Quinton De Kock scored his third century of the ODI World Cup 2023 game on Tuesday. The left-hander scored 174 runs as he helped his team reach a massive 382-run score against Bangladesh.
South Africa’s 382 was the fourth occasion that they had gone past the 300-run mark out of the five games played so far. In their previous game versus England, the Proteas team scored 399/7 to win the game by 229 runs.
Bangladesh were asked to bowl after Aiden Markram won the toss on a hot day in Mumbai. Regular skipper Temba Bavuma sat out for a second game in a row while Shakib Al Hasan was back for Bangladesh.
Quinton De Kock leads the charge to help his team to a huge total –
30-year-old Quinton De Kock announced his decision to retire from the ODI format after the end of the ODI World Cup 2023 tournament. This decision seems to have lit a new spark as the destructive batter has shown no mercy with the bat.
The Bangladeshi bowlers were left searching for answers as Quinton De Kock scored his 3rd century of the ongoing campaign. This century was also the 21st in ODI cricket for the South African opening batter.
Quinton De Kock reached the three-figure mark in 105 balls and then cut loose. Mumbai’s crowd were in for a treat as the former Mumbai Indians opener pulverized the Bangladeshi attack.
De Kock was looking good for a maiden double-century only to be dismissed by Hasan Mahmud for 174. The knock came off 140 balls with 15 sweetly timed boundaries and 7 massive hits into the stands. This was De Kock’s second-highest score in ODI cricket falling four runs short of his 178-run highest total.
South Africa lost two early wickets when Reeza Hendricks fell for 12 and this was followed by Rassie Van Der Dussen falling for 1. Aiden Markram and De Kock then added 131 for the 3rd wicket before Markram was out for 60.
Heinrich Klassen continued his sizzling form with the bat to score 90 runs from just 49 balls with 2 fours and 8 sixes. David Miller then swung his bat to score 34 not out off just 15 balls with a four and 4 huge sixes.
Here’s how the fans reacted –
TAKE A BOW, QUINTON DE KOCK....!!!!— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) October 24, 2023
174 (140) with 15 fours and 7 sixes against Bangladesh - one of the best knocks of the tournament. Missed out on a very well deserved double century. pic.twitter.com/NkGZH1NDlM
De Kock is on fire🔛🔥 ❤— GORDXROHIT (@gordxrohit) October 24, 2023
Qdk greatest Odi opener in the world currently— KRISHNA (@KrishnaVK_18) October 24, 2023
What a remarkable innings by Quinton de Kock! 🏏👏 #CWC23— SaleeM (@CallMeSaleeM109) October 24, 2023
Everyone will remember his name after the world cup. I think no one in history who retired with the form De Kock is in 💥💥💥— Indian Stats & Index (@statsfeed_india) October 24, 2023
Batting on 174, Seeing 5 overs left in the game, surprised that DeKock didn't go for a double ton. It was easily possible. I can't imagine any other batter from other teams doing the same in such a situation. That's what makes this South African side so dangerous.— Jitender Girdhar (@JGirdhar01) October 24, 2023
Quinton de Kock now has the highest score for a designated wicketkeeper in World Cup history, surpassing Adam Gilchrist's 149 in the 2007 final against Sri Lanka.— आदेश कुमार (@wokeindian14) October 24, 2023
Incredible consistency, missed out on 200 but highest wc score tho not bad. pic.twitter.com/kjYidQCYuj— Sameer Khanal (@Sameer_knl18) October 24, 2023