Author: Abhishek Rajan
Quinton de Kock scored the fastest half-century for South Africa in the second T20 international against England in Durban last night; however his effort was still not enough for South Africa to seal the series.
Before De Kock, it was AB de Villiers who held the record of scoring the fastest T20 half-century for South Africa. De Villiers had done it in 2016 when he had scored a half-century in 21 balls against England at the Wanderers Stadium.
De Kock took four balls less than De Villiers as he got to the 50-run mark in just 17 balls.
The world record of scoring the fastest fifty in T20 internationals is registered to the name of Yuvraj Singh who completed his fifty in just 12 balls against England in the T20 World Cup in 2007.
It was the same game where Yuvraj had hit six consecutive sixes off the bowling of Stuart Broad.
Talking about last night’s game, England had posted a huge score of 204 runs on the board and South Africa desperately needed a quick start at the top of the order to set the tempo of the chase.
Temba Bavuma, who opened the batting with De Kock, was finding it hard to time the ball because of the slowness of the pitch. The skipper took the matter in his own hands and went on an absolute rampage. The left-hander hit five sixes within two overs bowled by Moeen Ali and Tom Curran in the power-play and put his team in the driving seat.
However, once De Kock was dismissed at the score of 65 runs off 22 balls, England were able to apply brakes on South Africa’s run scoring. The hosts gained some momentum again towards the end of the innings, but eventually fell short by two runs.
The series is now leveled at 1-1 with the third match to be played on Sunday at the SuperSport Park, Centurion.
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