Quinton de Kock bludgeons maiden T20I hundred off 43 balls

Set a daunting target of 259 on a featherbed with short boundary dimensions, South Africa’s openers made light work of the task, racking up a century stand within the PowerPlay itself. West Indies were taken aback by the ferocity of the the Quinton de Kock-Reeza Hendricks partnership as the left-right combo used the pristine conditions to the hilt.

By the time West Indies found a way through the stand, the result seemed to be a foregone conclusion, considering the firepower of the hosts. Despite losing a few wickets in the middle phase, skipper Aiden Markram and Heinrich Klaasen got South Africa over the line with seven balls to spare.

The gargantuan batting show from the Proteas eclipsed West Indies’ freak batting performance earlier in the contest, with the visitors posting their highest-ever total in the shortest format. It was an exhibition of barbaric power-hitting, led by Johnson Charles who smashed the joint-second fastest T20I century.