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PIX: Rossouw slams World Cup's first ton as SA rout Bangladesh

Last updated on: October 27, 2022 13:58 IST
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Images from the T20 world Cup Super 12 match between Bangladesh and South Africa, at Sydney Cricket Ground, on Thursday.

IMAGE: South Africa's Rilee Rossouw celebrates scoring a century during the T20 World Cup match against Bangladesh, at Sydney Cricket Ground, on Thursday. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Riley Rossouw showcased his batting prowess with a belligerent century (109 of 56 balls), the first of this T20 World Cup, and Quinton de Kock struck a breezy fifty as South Africa made short work of Bangladesh in the Super 12 match at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday.

After putting up an imposing 205 for 5, the Proteas shot out Bangladesh for paltry 101 in 16.3 overs.


Liton Das was Bangladesh's top-scorer with 34 off 31 balls, which included a four and six, as pacer Anrich Nortje (4/10) and left-arm spinner Tabraiz Shamsi (3/20) ran through the innings.

While it was the biggest team total achieved so far at the T20 World Cup 2022, Rossouw's knock also broke a handful of individual records on a day where the left-hander was in scintillating touch.

Rossouw became the first South Africa player to score a century at a T20 World Cup and his innings of 109 was the fifth largest in the history of the event. He displayed imperious touch, with a strike rate of 200 throughout his innings, with de Kock playing second fiddle, scoring a magnificent 63 off 38 balls.

While the weather gods threatened to play spoilsport, Rossouw and de Kock rained sixes during their 168-run partnership -- the highest for South Africa in a T20 World Cup match.

IMAGE: Rilee Rossouw dispatches the ball to the boundary. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

The duo sent the ball to the fence 14 times and 11 over it.

Temba Bavuma's woeful form continued as he fell for two in the very first over off pacer Taskin Ahmed after opting to bat.

But Rossouw and de Kock were at their aggressive best, as they plundered 21 runs, smashing three fours and a six off Taskin in his next over.

Rossouw then continued the assault, this time fetching 16 runs off Mehidy Hassan.

Bangladesh got some respite as rain interrupted play for 20 minutes and they were able to dry out the runs for a couple overs after resumption. However, the South Africans soon resumed business as usual, scoring boundaries at will.

IMAGE: Quinton de Kock stroked a quick half-century to rally South Africa after losing a wicket early. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

With all Bangladesh bowlers bar Mustafizur Rahman being tonked all across the ground, Shakib al-Hassan (2/33) brought himself into the attack in the 11th over but the skipper was also greeted with similar treatment.

Rossouw blasted Shakib for a four and two back-to-back maximums. He launched the ball over deep square leg for the first six of the over and then sent a full toss again in the same area for a similar result.

The 33-year-old Roussouw brought up his half-century from 30 balls, while de Kock's fifty came soon after. The wicketkeeper attained the feat in style, with a six over the midwicket fence.

IMAGE: Taskin Ahmed celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of Temba Bavuma. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

However, de Kock's innings was brought to an end in the 15th over.

With new batter Tristan Stubbs departing soon after and Rossouw inching towards his century, the Proteas innings slowed down a bit.

Once Rossouw's century came he sent the ball for a towering six before Shakib put an end to the scintillating innings.

On course for a 220-230 total at one stage, South Africa lost a momentum in the death overs on a two-paced wicket and just about managed to cross the 200-run mark.

Anrich Nortje is congratulated by teammates after dismissing Bangladesh opener Najmul Hossain Shanto.

IMAGE: Anrich Nortje is congratulated by teammates after dismissing Bangladesh opener Najmul Hossain Shanto. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Chasing the huge total, Bangladesh’s openers looked up to the task. Soumya Sarkar (15) and Najmul Hossain (9) gathered 26 runs off the first two overs, including 17 of the first, from Kagiso Rabada (1/24).

Skipper Temba Bavuma's move to replace Rabada with Nortje immediately paid dividends as the pacer blew apart the Bangladesh top order within the first five overs.

Nortje struck twice in his opening over, sending both openers packing.

Litton Das was Bangladesh's top-scorer with 34 off 31 balls.

IMAGE: Litton Das was Bangladesh's top-scorer, with 34 off 31 balls. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Soumya was first to go, caught behind, and Hossain soon followed.

Nortje returned to trap Shakib Al-Hassan (1) leg before to leave Bangladesh reeling at 39 for 3.

A bit of pace and extra bounce got the better of Afif Hossain (1), who was next to depart as Rabada joined the party. It could have been two for the pacer had Trsitan Stubbs not dropped Litton Das.

Tabraiz Shamsi celebrates dismissing Bangladesh's Nurul Hasan.

IMAGE: Tabraiz Shamsi celebrates dismissing Bangladesh's Nurul Hasan. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Bangladesh batters struggled to get any partnership going and once spin was introduced they collapsed.

Mehidy Hasan (11) looked to play big but got the toe of the bat and Aiden Markram pouched the offering without problem at wide long-on. He was Tabraiz Shamsi's first victim as the spinner grabbed three wickets at the back.

Shamsi then had Nurul Hasan caught by Nortje. When Litton became his third victim and Bangladesh were reduced to 85 for 8 the contest was in South Africa’s grasp.

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