Eleven days and 21 games into the competition, Rilee Rossouw finally gave the 2022 T20 World Cup its first century as he led South Africa to an eventual 104-round victory.
The clouds that broke earlier in the day, interrupting play twice, gracefully cleared the way for the 33-year-old to do his thing at Sydney Cricket Ground. After South Africa won the draw and opted to bat first, captain Temba Bavuma fell in the first over, leaving the last to Rossouw and Quinton de Kock. The duo pumped together a 168-run partnership for the second wicket of 81 deliveries to move the innings forward.
Despite de Kock amassing 20 runs with his first eight deliveries, Rossouw took the charge as an attacker between the two and surpassed the fifty mark with 30 deliveries. The next fifty would make just 22 deliveries as the southpaw – who had signed Kolpak as a Hampshire representative back in 2017 – was just the second batter to hit T20I-scores in consecutive innings. His 109 of 56 was loaded with seven fours and eight maximums, taking South Africa to 205 for 5.
This was Rossouw’s first T20I appearance for South Africa since the bilateral deal against India earlier this month, when he hit an unbeaten 100 from 48 ball in Indore to defeat the hosts on 49 runs. Since returning to South Africa’s T20 XI this summer after six years in England, Rossouw has hit 340 runs from seven innings with a batting average of 184.78.
South Africa’s Best T20 World Cup Bowling Figures
After the highest total points of the tournament to date, inspired by a South African batter’s highest single point total at the T20 World Cup, Anrich Nortje and co. followed suit to secure a net run-rate boosting win.
After Kagiso Rabada conceded 17 from his first over due to two Soumya Sarkar sixes, captain Temba Bavuma decided to pick Anrich Nortje from the same end – a move that took two wickets in the third over and then another in Nortje’s second over that Power play that puts Bangladesh back under pressure.
Bavuma’s call to bring Rabada off the other end before the power play ended resulted in another wicket as Bangladesh went down four times.
Later in the innings, the spinners took over as Tabraiz Shamsi (3/20) and Keshav Maharaj (1/24) kept the momentum with the proteas before Nortje ended the match and knocked down Taskin Ahmed’s middle stump. Nortjes 4 for 10 from 3.3 overs is the best return by a South African bowler in a T20 World Cup.
The win brought South Africa to three points from two games and a +5.2 NRR.