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Rossouw shines as South Africa beat Bangladesh by 104 runs

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Rilee Rossouw
Rossouw shines as South Africa beat Bangladesh by 104 runs. Photo/ T20 World Cup.
  • Rilee Rossouw made history by becoming the first South African batter to score a century in T20 World Cup as his side defeated Bangladesh by 104 runs. 
  • South Africa will face India in their next T20 World Cup fixture on Sunday in Perth. 

Rilee Rossouw smashed the first century of this year’s T20 World Cup tournament as South Africa thrashed Bangladesh by 104 runs. 

He is the first South African to score a century in an ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. 

A fiery spell from Anrich Nortje (4/10) complemented Rilee Rossouw’s hostile and aggressive century. Rossouw’s score is South Africa’s first hundred and the fifth-highest in the history of T20.

The 33-year-old built a partnership of 163 with Quinton de Kock during the massive victory on Thursday. Rossouw’s 168-run partnership with Quinton is the highest in Men’s T20 World Cup history.

Rossouw and Quinton

Rossouw and Quinton. Photo/ Hindustan Times.

They have gone past the 166 that Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka amassed during their match with West Indies in Barbados in 2010.

Rilee Rossouw and Quinton de Kock sent the ball to the fence 14 times and 11 times over it. The two were clearly at their aggressive best against Bangladesh. 

Rilee Rossouw showcased his batting skills at Sydney Cricket Ground with a 56-ball 109. On the other hand, Quinton de Kock struck a fifty to boost the Proteas to an imposing 205 for 5. 

Nortje recorded his best T20 World Cup figures as the bowlers rallied to bowl out Bangladesh for 101 in 16.3 overs. 

Bangladesh openers were clearly in a tough situation as they chased a 200-plus total. Najmul Hossain (9) and Soumya Sarkar (15) managed to successfully pill 26 runs off the first two overs. And that included 17 of the first Kagiso Rabada (1/24) over. 

Things got tougher for Bangladesh as Nortje, who replaced Rabada, blew apart the Bangladesh top order within the first overs. 

After spinner Tabraiz Hamsi took 3-20 in the middle, Nortje returned to finish the innings. He splattered the stumps of Taskin Ahmed in his fourth over. 

Rabada joined the big party with a bit of pace and extra bounce to get the better of Afif Hossain (1). 

South Africa’s innings slowed down a bit after Rossouw inched towards his century. He sent the ball for a towering six as soon as his century came. 

The massive win over Bangladesh puts South Africa on top of the Group 2 table. They are certainly one of the teams to fear in this World Cup tournament. 

Speaking after the match against Bangladesh, Rilee Rossouw described the feeling of scoring a hundred in a winning cause as fantastic. 

“To score a hundred in a winning cause is fantastic. I’m very chuffed with my performance, but more important is that we got the two points.” Rilee Rossouw said, as per WION.

Rilee Rossouw

Rilee Rossouw. Photo/ T20 World Cup.

The rain on Monday had robbed South Africa of a likely victory against Zimbabwe in their Super 12 opener in Hobart. The Proteas have a difficult task ahead of them on Sunday as they face India in a colossal clash in Perth. 

Zimbabwe and Bangladesh will face each other earlier on the same day. 

Abraham Odhiambo is an avid sports fan who loves to write about football, boxing and wrestling. He's a big supporter of Manchester United. He's pursuing a bachelor's degree in Communication and Media at Egerton University.

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