Quinton de Kock, brilliant performance with 174 runs against Bangladesh

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Quinton de Kock, brilliant performance with 174 runs against Bangladesh

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After his commanding 174-run performance against Bangladesh, South African opener Quinton de Kock admitted to feeling some nervousness leading up to the World Cup match on Tuesday.

After a dominant performance against Bangladesh, South African opener Quinton de Kock confessed to feeling a touch of nervousness prior to the World Cup match on Tuesday. De Kock’s splendid century, combined with Heinrich Klaasen’s explosive 90, laid the foundation for South Africa’s commanding 149-run victory over Bangladesh. “I was a bit nervous this morning, which isn’t my usual state. I had some fun, and it feels great to secure two points. But, to be honest, I was more fatigued than satisfied after my innings,” de Kock revealed during the post-match presentation.

The left-handed batsman commended Klaasen for consistently delivering outstanding performances. “I could use some of the energy he possesses. He has been exceptional for every team he has represented, and he is taking the tournament by storm,” he added.

South African captain Aiden Markram, who contributed 60 runs himself, praised both de Kock and Klaasen for their remarkable innings. “Quinny’s performance was outstanding, and then Klaasen came in and delivered a powerful performance. Everyone approaches the game differently, but it blends together nicely. We continue to aim for strong performances,” Markram said.

Pacer Lungi Ngidi was sidelined from the match due to a knee injury, and Markram expressed optimism that he would recover in time for the upcoming match against Pakistan. “We hope he can recover well over the next couple of days and be ready for Pakistan,” he stated.

Markram also emphasized that South Africa has been working on becoming a team capable of chasing targets effectively. The more you win when batting first, the more you tend to prefer that. But once we get one successful chase under our belt and establish a blueprint, we hope to become a proficient chasing team.”

Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan attributed the loss to the final 10 overs when De Kock and Klaasen went on a rampage, amassing 144 runs. “Quinton batted brilliantly, and the way Klaasen finished was something we couldn’t find an answer to. We should have bowled better. We lost the game in the last 10 overs,” Shakib remarked.

However, the experienced all-rounder remained optimistic about his team’s prospects in the World Cup. “There’s much to learn, and we have a lot to play for. Even if we don’t make the semifinals, we aim to finish fifth or sixth. We might not be performing like a team that can achieve it, but we hope to finish on a strong note,” he concluded.

Reference:

https://sports.ndtv.com/cricket/bit-nervous-before-the-match-quinton-de-kock-after-scoring-174-vs-bangladesh-4510772

https://www.skysports.com/cricket/news/12123/12991658/cricket-world-cup-quinton-de-kocks-ton-leads-south-africa-to-149-run-win-over-bangladesh


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