De Kock ton guides South Africa to 311-7 against Australia

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Quinton De Kock scored consecutive centuries at the Cricket World Cup as South Africa set Australia a target of 312 in Lucknow, India.

Australia won the toss and invited the Proteas to bat first.

De Kock top scored with 109 in his team’s innings of 311 for seven.

South Africa made a watchful start and rode their luck before De Kock picked up where he left off in the win over Sri Lanka with eight fours and five sixes in his 106-ball knock.

South Africa skipper Temba Bavuma (35) gained two reprieves as Australia failed to hold onto difficult chances before Glenn Maxwell (2-34) snared him, but the Proteas marched on as De Kock twice hit Josh Hazlewood into the stands in the 23rd over.

Spinner Adam Zampa then removed the dangerous Rassie van der Dussen (26) but De Kock continued to plunder runs and brought up his 19th ton by pulling Cummins for a huge six shortly after the pace bowler had dropped Markram when he was on one.

Maxwell bowled De Kock out with one that crept through after hitting the left-hander’s bat as he attempted a reverse pull and Markram fell to Cummins after his half-century, but more sloppy catching by Australia helped South Africa make a decent total. – additional reporting by Reuters.