South Africa: De Kock's Decision to Bat First Helps Australia Win T20 Series

Proteas slump to heavy T20 series decider defeat against Australia after captain De Kock errs by bowling first.

Sometimes cricket doesn't have to be so complicated. Proteas captain Quinton de Kock drew first blood by winning the toss in the deciding rubber of the three-match T20 series against Australia at Newlands on Wednesday 26 February and immediately threw the initiative away.

The South African skipper chose to bowl first, backing himself and the rest of a brittle batting lineup to chase whatever Australia posted.

Australia, never a team to let a chance to stamp on the throat of an opponent go to waste, piled on the runs and amassed 193 for five in their 20 overs. They ultimately roared away to a mammoth 97-run win as South Africa lost their last five wickets in 17 balls while adding only 17 runs. Australia claimed a 2-1 series victory.

The visitors won the first T20 International by 107 runs at the Wanderers and South Africa claimed the second match by 12 runs in Port Elizabeth. Both times the winning team batted first, yet on Wednesday in Cape Town, De Kock, for reasons only he will understand, chose to rewrite the script.


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