T20 World Cup: Josh Hazlewood dismissed Quinton de Kock in a Super 12 stage match.© T20worldcup.com
South Africa got off to the worst possible start in their T20 World Cup Super 12 clash against Australia in Abu Dhabi on Saturday. Glenn Maxwell and Josh Hazlewood struck early to leave South Africa reeling at 23 for three in the fifth over. Maxwell cleaned up Temba Bavuma and in the very next over Hazlewood sent Rassie van der Dussen packing. It was the dismissal of their opening batter Quinton de Kock that caught the attention of fans, with some terming it as the “strangest dismissal of the tournament”. De Kock was looking to play the ball towards fine-leg but missed the shot and the ball lobbed off his body and went on to the stumps.
Watch the dismissal here:
— Mystic Cricket (@cricket_mystic) October 23, 2021
A fan tweeted that the dismissal is already a contender for the strangest dismissal of the tournament award.
— James (@Surreycricfan) October 23, 2021
“Strangest dismissal of the tournament candidate already and we are only in the first match of the tournament. Poor Quinton de Kock,” the user tweeted.
Here are some of the reactions on De Kock’s dismissal:
What a horror dismissal. Quinton de Kock gone. SA in far bigger trouble.
— Anuraag Peesara (@anuraagp15) October 23, 2021
i have just seen quinton de kock’s dismissal…words? i have none
— paige (@paigecaunce) October 23, 2021
Ohh dear!! It’s a bizarre way to get out quinton de kock!
— office going kid (@office_goingkid) October 23, 2021
Earlier, Australia skipper Aaron Finch won the toss and invited South Africa to bat.
Maxwell castled South Africa skipper Bavuma for 12 in the second over of the match.
Hazlewood then struck twice to push South Africa on the back foot.
Aiden Markram and Henrich Klassen tried to steady the ship but their 23-run stand was broken by Pat Cummins. He removed Klassen for 13.
Leg-spinner Adam Zampa struck twice in an over to remove David Miller and Dwaine Pretorius.
Markram was the top-scorer with a knock of 40 as South Africa posted 118/9 in their allotted 20 overs.
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