DRS has made team’s decision making easy and it seemed that Quinton de Kock forgot that the technology is available for the series. While Yuzvendra Chahal’s delivery was missing the leg stump, de Kock didn’t even look at the umpire’s decision and returned to the pavilion, let alone taking a review.
After Amla was dismissed, the onus was on de Kock to forge a partnership with skipper Faf du Plessis considering the wicket-keeper’s brilliant white-ball form against India. However, with Chahal’s introduction, the southpaw seemed vulnerable to the leggie's stock delivery and failed to keep up the momentum. The pressure that was generated by the Indian told when on the last ball of the 15th over, he was hit on the pads.
However, while the ball appeared to sliding down the leg side after turning a bit off the wicket, de Kock, to the surprise of many, decided to leave the crease instantly and even didn’t care to look towards the umpire’s direction. Albeit the umpire gave him out, the hawk-eye replays suggested that the ball was missing the leg stump.
A discussion with du Plessis would have helped, but de Kock’s lack of confidence resulted in South Africa losing the plot and were reduced to 134/5 in just 28 overs. Even though his performance might not be questioned at the end of the day, his approach to the spinner will surely come up in the team meeting after the game. However, India would surely be happy after dismissing their Kryptonite below 100 in the unfamiliar conditions of South Africa for the first time in four attempts.
In the last 5 IND vs SA ODIs, SA was bowled out twice, while IND was bowled out only once.
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