Quinton de Kock is all smiles alongside Hashim Amla after diving to his right to get rid of Indian captain Virat Kohli. Photo: Action Images via Reuters

SOUTHAMPTON – South Africa wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock took a sensational catch to remove India’s Virat Kohli for 18 in their World Cup match in Southampton on Wednesday.

De Kock was airborne as he flew towards first slip to grab the ball, which flew off Kohli’s edge from a rising delivery by paceman Andile Phehlukwayo.

Kohli returned to the pavilion to stunned silence from a large crowd dominated by Indian fans.

It is the first time that Kohli has not started the World Cup with a century after reaching triple figures in his first matches of the 2011 and 2015 editions.

The stunning effort from De Kock, though, is unlikely to change the Proteas’ fortunes as India look set to chase down their modest target of 228.

But the brilliant effort will give Ben Stokes competition.

The English all-rounder took a spectacular one-handed catch in the outfield during his team’s win against South Africa in the tournament opener last week.