Jun 18, 2021

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Watch | ‘Evil genius!’ – Quinton de Kock bamboozles batsman with run-out

You won’t see a cheekier run-out than this for a very, very long time. But senior Proteas glovesman Quinton de Kock has towed the fine line between genius and shithousery on Easter Sunday, playing a devilish role in this epic run-out. Fakhar Zaman hit a majestic 193, but his innings was brought to an end in dramatic fashion, handing SA a thrilling victory.

Watch: Quinton de Kock stuns Pakistan with bizarre run-out

Look, we aren’t going to keep you waiting any longer. If you haven’t seen the run-out that everyone’s talking about yet, then please, be our guests – you’ll want to drink this in, every last sip of it…

  • Here’s the actual run-out
  • And here is the actual analysis of that ‘evil genius moment’ from Quinton de Kock…

Markram’s run-out, de Kock’s devilment: How Fakhar Zaman was dismissed

As Zaman clambered back for his second run, the wicketkeeper makes a huge song and dance about the ball being delivered to the non-striker’s end. As the centurion turns round to witness the commotion, he notices that NOTHING is going on behind him – but EVERYTHING is happening just a few metres in front…

As Markram’s speculative shy at the stumps reaches its intended target, the bails came flying off, with Zaman still short of the crease. He had no choice but to walk, seven runs shy of a double-century, kicking himself for the ‘lapse in concentration’. Of course, the method of dismissal was controversial, but it was smart – and it was match-winning.

South Africa win second ODI vs Pakistan

Pakistan – well, at least one of their batsmen – fought tooth and nail in their pursuit of 341. Big scores from Temba Bavuma (92) and the master of the dark arts himself, Quinton de Kock (80) gave South Africa a solid platform, before breezy half-centuries from Rassie van der Dussen and David Miller seemingly took the Proteas out of sight.

But after bludgeoning 18 fours and 10 sixes, Fakhar Zaman seemed destined to carry the tourists over the line single-handedly – before de Kock’s delightful rouse stopped the Pakistan charge in its hopeful tracks.

The win for the home side ties the series at 1-1, ahead of Wednesday’s showdown in Centurion. Let’s hope the Proteas have a few more tricks up their sleeves…