SA vs ENG: Quinton de Kock drags South Africa out of trouble after Sam Curran’s magic

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On Thursday, South Africa’s wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock fell five runs short of his century (95) after taking his team out of trouble. The Proteas were 111/5 when the aggressive left-hander arrived on the crease.

De Kock applied the counter-attack strategy to rescue his team from the tribulation. He made a crucial partnership with all-rounder Dwaine Pretorius to put pressure back on England. The duo added 87 runs before Sam Curran bowled a back of a length delivery outside off stump to send Pretorius back into the pavilion.

De Kock was looking set and cruising on to make his third Test century of 2019, but the left-arm medium-pacer Curran had some other plans.

During the 72nd over of South Africa’s innings, Curran bowled a delivery outside off-stump with a hint of swing. De Kock flirted, and a small feather outside edge went straight into the hands of Jos Buttler. The disappointment was clearly visible as he walked down to the pavilion holding the bat over his neck.

When it comes to England, their bowlers had an excellent day. Curran was outstanding throughout the day. The Surrey cricketer dismissed four African batters, whereas Stuart Broad went on to take three wickets.

James Anderson, on the other hand, registered his name in the record books as he became the second English cricketer and ninth overall, to play 150 matches in Test cricket.

At stumps, South Africa reached the 277 run-mark at a loss of nine wickets.

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