De Kock reaches the century as South Africa seek to sweep

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Cape Town (AFP) – Former captain Quinton de Kock hit a sparkling century for South Africa in the third day international against India at Newlands in Cape Town on Sunday.

De Kock, who handed over the white ball captaincy last March to Temba Bavuma, hit 124 from 130 as South Africa, looking for a clean sweep in the three-game series, scored 287 after being sent to bat.

India captain KL Rahul said his decision to bowl first on an extremely hot day was based on the likelihood that there would be early assistance for his bowlers on a “sticky” pitch.

There were early challenges for the batsmen and South Africa were 70 for three before De Kock was joined by Rassie van der Dussen (52) in a fourth-wicket stand of 144.

Later there were turns and rebounds for the Indian bowlers, but De Kock was in superb form, hitting 12 fours and two sixes before being caught deep midwicket by Jasprit Bumrah.

Van der Dussen was taken deep in the next set and the sets lost momentum despite a 39 hit hard by David Miller.

Prasidh Krishna, one of four changes to the Indian team, took three for 59 while Bumrah and Deepak Chahar took two wickets each.

Rahul said the changes were a combination of ‘negligence’ and wanting to give other players opportunities.

Suryakumar Yadav, Jayant Yadav, Deepak Chahar and Krishna entered the Indian team in place of Venkatesh Iyer, Shardul Thakur, Ravichandran Ashwin and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

South Africa made just one change, with versatile bowler Dwaine Pretorius replacing left-arm spinner Tabraiz Shamsi.

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