Quinton de Kock stayed on the crease for just four balls, but it is safe to say that there was absolutely no dearth of entertainment during the short stay. The South Africa keeper-batsman, who had failed to open his account in the first innings, was perilously close to registering another duck but rode on his luck to avoid a pair. However, two edges later, his luck ran out and he became the fifth South African wicket to fall in the second innings of the ongoing Test in Centurion.
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The left-handed batsman came to the crease after Mohammed Shami dismissed Dean Elgar for 61. In the following over, de Kock could not face any delivery from Ravichandran Ashwin as his skipper Faf du Plessis played out a maiden. And the way the next over panned out, de Kock would have surely loved to stay on the non-striker’s end. On the very first ball of the over from Shami, de Kock flashed hard at a ball which was well on the stump and ended up edging it. However, the ball flew past the man at second slip and crossed the fence.
The next ball also suffered a similar fate, the only difference being that it passed between the wicketkeeper and the wide slip after the former was wrong-footed. On the third delivery of the over, the ball took another edge and reached the boundary despite two fielders in the slip cordon. However, Shami finally had the last laugh as de Kock edged another ball and this time it went straight into the hands of wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel.