In a display of sheer brilliance, South Africa wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock left the cricketing world awestruck with a lightning-fast stumping during the 3rd ODI of the five-match series against Australia at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom. The Proteas managed to pull back momentum and restrict the visitors after a strong start.
The Lightning-Fast Stumping
The jaw-dropping moment unfolded in the 24th over when De Kock once again proved his prowess as one of the finest wicketkeepers in the business. Left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj tempted Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis forward with a flighted delivery before sharply turning the ball away. Stoinis found himself off-balance but managed to keep his foot within the crease for just a fraction of a second, preventing a fall.
However, it was De Kock’s extraordinary skill and presence of mind that stole the show. In a move reminiscent of legendary cricketer MS Dhoni, de Kock collected the ball a considerable distance away from the stumps but seamlessly maneuvered the Kookaburra towards the bails while it was still nestled in his gloves. In one swift motion, he dislodged the bails, leaving Stoinis stunned and dismissed.
Maharaj, who initially seemed unfazed by the third-umpire review, erupted with joy when the giant screen displayed the verdict as ‘OUT,’ cementing de Kock’s place as a true master behind the stumps.
Here’s the video:
I still can’t get over Quinton de Kock stumping, damit that was fast #SAvAus pic.twitter.com/FmGLUgn4Bx
— Tumelo Tshepo Moeketsi (@Tucha_Moeketsi) September 12, 2023
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A Proteas Comeback and Aiden Markram’s Century
This moment of brilliance by De Kock added to South Africa’s resurgence in the match.
World class stumping from my boy Qdk to get rid of Stoinis 😮💨
— Muhammed Ashraf 🔰🪄🇿🇦 (@LUHSJR) September 12, 2023
Incredible stumping from QDK. Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
— larry kwirirayi ✍🎬 (@kwirirayi) September 12, 2023
Aiden Markram‘s magnificent century (102 not out) was the cornerstone of the Proteas’ innings, helping them amass a formidable total of 338-6 after being put in to bat. In reply, Australia struggled, eventually being bowled out for 227 in 35 overs.
South African spinners Maharaj and Tabraiz Shamsi played crucial roles, picking up two wickets each and halting Australia’s brisk response. However, South Africa had their share of luck as the in-form David Warner was run out for 78, and Tim David (8) was given out following a review for a catch that initially appeared to have been dropped but was ultimately ruled as a fair catch by the fourth umpire after a TV review.
Despite the challenges, South Africa clinched a convincing 111-run victory, marking their first win of the five-game series. The match was a testament to the Proteas’ fighting spirit and their ability to turn the tide in their favour.
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