De Kock opens up after defeat in first Pakistan Test

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Karachi: South Africa’s captain Quinton de Kock thinks that the bowlers were right on the mark, however, batsmen cost them the game.

Pakistan defeated South Africa by seven wickets at National Stadium, Karachi. It was Pakistan’s first win over Proteas since 2013.

“I think our first innings cost us the game. That was a big reason for our loss. I don’t think we took too long to adjust. We practiced enough here but I think we were a bit soft. We saw Markram and Rassie in the second innings play well. Just a few soft dismissals,” De Kock said in post-match presser.

“I think going into Rawalpindi, we learned about these kinds of surfaces. Our bowlers bowled well, with great aggression and accuracy. Just that Pakistan team batted really well against us,” he added.

With this win, Pakistan have improved their rankings in World Test Championship (WTC) and are at fifth spot. If the home side manages to win Rawalpindi Test, they will be placed at fifth spot in ICC Test rankings.

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