Rajkot ODI: de Kock ton helps SA finish at 270 for 7

The left-hand opener scored a century, and shared a 118-run stand with Faf du Plesis (60), as South Africa finished with a challenging total.

Quinton de Kock scored a nicely paced 103.   -  Reuters

Indian fielders converge at the fall of David Miller's wicket.   -  Reuters

Quinton de Kock's century helped South Africa post 270 for the loss of seven wickets. The 22-year-old opener took advantage of a flat pitch to notch up his seventh ODI century (fourth against India) with the help of 11 boundaries and a six. Faf du Plessis (60) shared a third-wicket stand of 118 with de Kock. Du Plessis, who was caught off a Mohit Sharma no-ball when on 16, was dismissed by the same bowler to a catch at third-man, triggering a slide.

De Kock was run out in the 40th over after having a mixup with skipper AB de Villiers. AB was given leg-before in the next over bowled by spinner Axar Patel. Farhaan Behardien smashed a last-ball six off Bhuvneshwar Kumar to return unbeaten on 33.

David Miller, promoted to open the innings with de Kock, scored 33 in a first-wicket partnership of 72 to give the Proteas a sound start, but the Indians kept the run-rate under check. The Proteas retained the same team for the third successive match, while India brought in leg-spinner Amit Mishra in place of fast bowler Umesh Yadav.

Solar power at the SCA stadium

The Saurashtra Cricket Association stadium at Khanderi will be lit for the first time by a rooftop solar system for the day/night ODI, following the installation of 500 KW plant.

According to SCA, it will help cut carbon emissions about 50 tons annually and save Rs. 54,600 in electricity costs. The plant is designed to generate 6833 units per month (annually 82,000 units). The solar plant was officially inaugurated before the match.

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