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Quinton de Kock makes it look easy as South Africa defeat Bangladesh by 140 runs

On way to his 20th ODI ton, De Kock went past India’s Virat Kohli for most runs and also eclipsed Australia’s David Warner (163) to record the highest individual score in this World Cup

Our Bureau And PTI Mumbai Published 25.10.23, 10:02 AM
Quinton de Kock after his dismissal in Mumbai on Tuesday.

Quinton de Kock after his dismissal in Mumbai on Tuesday. PTI

Quinton de Kock scored his third century in five innings as South Africa extended their winning run in the World Cup with a 149-run victory over Bangladesh at the Wankhede on Tuesday.

Having piled up the third highest total of 382/5 in this World Cup, South Africa ran through a largely disappointing Bangladesh batting effort, dismissing their opponents for 233 in 46.4 overs.

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Mahmudullah Riyad struck a valiant 111 off as many balls — his fourth ton in 225 ODIs and first in six years — but the other Bangladesh batters cut a sorry figure on a pitch that remained conducive for batting.

South Africa thus moved to second spot in the standings with a superior run-rate.

It was Bangladesh’s fourth consecutive loss in the World Cup while South Africa now have four wins from five games.

The defeat was also Bangladesh’s third heaviest in terms of runs in World Cup history.

De Kock’s magnificent 174 and a brutal 49-ball 90 from Heinrich Klaasen underlined South Africa’s batting prowess. De Kock hit 15 fours and seven sixes to not only record his third century in five innings.

In his 150th ODI, De Kock flayed the Bangladesh bowlers in hot and humid conditions to bat almost through the end, but certainly missed an opportunity to become the first South African to record an ODI double ton.

On way to his 20th ODI ton, De Kock went past India’s Virat Kohli for most runs and also eclipsed Australia’s David Warner (163) to record the highest individual score in this World Cup.

“I was a bit more tired than satisfied... Great day out there, everyone played their part. Nice to get points on the board,” said a satisfied De Kock after receiving the Man of the Match award.

And as has been the case a few times in the recent past, South Africa went ballistic in the last 10 overs to add 144 runs with David Miller making an unbeaten 15-ball 34.

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