South Africa signed off with a consolation 10-run win against reigning World Champions Australia during their ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 clash at the OldTrafford in Manchester on Saturday. Australia's loss meant that they finished the league stages at the second spot with seven wins, two losses and 14 points in their tally while India finished at the summit with seven wins, one loss and 15 points in their nine games. Therefore, Australia will now take on hosts England in the second semi-final on Thursday while the Men In Blue will be locking horns against New Zealand on Tuesday.
Coming back to this contest, there were some standout performances which generated some interest in this otherwise inconsequential match. They included Proteas skipper Faf du Plessis' splendid ton, some good batting performances by South Africa. However, there were also a couple of spectacular performances from South African wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock. One of them included a stunning catch to get rid off the dangerous Glenn Maxwell.
It happened in the 25th over of Australia's run chase which was bowled by Kagiso Rabada. On the very first delivery, the South African speedster bowled a delivery outside the off stump as Maxwell attempted to play a pull shot. Nonetheless, the ball took the outside edge and flew back very quickly only to find de Kock who showed a tremendous amount of flexibility and jumped his catch to perfection behind the stumps.
The video of this stellar catch from Quinton de Kock was posted by ICC.
Earlier, de Kock had pulled off an MS Dhoni-move on the field against Australia with a run-out that left fans open-mouthed.The wicketkeeper got Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis run-out in lightning speed by throwing the ball at the stumps without looking at the wickets.
South African skipper Faf du Plessis had won the toss and elected to bat first. Openers de Kock and Aiden Markram had added 79 runs for the first wicket. The wicket-keeper batsman had played a fine knock of a 51-ball 52. Du Plessis top-scored for the Proteas with a 94-ball 100. In the end, a solid 95 from Rassie van der Dussen helped South Africa finish at 325/6 in their 50 overs.
In reply, the Aussies were off to a poor start as they were reduced to 95/3. Opener David Warner's 122-ball 117 kept them in the contest. Nevertheless, despite a fantastic cameo of a 69-ball 85 from Alex Carey, the five-time champions were bowled out for 305 with a ball to spare.