Rilee Roussow’s aggressive century was complimented by Anrich Nortje’s blazing session (4/10) as South Africa defeated Bangladesh by 104 runs in the mahadev book login T20 World Cup on Thursday in Sydney.
Rossouw Displayed His Batting Brilliance
Rossouw displayed his batting brilliance by smashing the tournament’s first century off 56 balls, while Quinton de Kock smashed a fifty to propel South Africa to a commanding 205 for 5.
Then, Nortje returned with his greatest T20 numbers, as the bowlers rallied to dismiss Bangladesh for 101 in 16.3 overs.
In pursuit of a total of 200 or more, Bangladesh’s openers seemed up to the challenge. Soumya Sarkar (15) and Najmul Hossain (9) scored 26 runs in the first two overs, including 17 in the first over bowled by Kagiso Rabada (1/24)
The decision by captain Temba Bavuma to replace Rabada with Nortje produced immediate benefits as the fast bowler decimated the Bangladesh top order inside the first five overs.
In his first over, Nortje struck twice, sending both openers packing. After falling behind, Soumya was the first to fall, and Hossain quickly followed.
Nortje dismissed Shakib Al Hassan
Nortje returned to dismiss Shakib Al Hassan (1) leg before, leaving Bangladesh reeling at 39 for 3.
Afif Hossain (1) was dismissed after Rabada’s entrance due to a combination of increased velocity and bounce. If Trsitan Stubbs had not knocked down Litton Das, the pacer would have had two.
Once spin was added, Mehidy Hasan (11) attempted to play aggressively, but Aiden Markram easily caught the ball off the toe of his bat at wide long-on. He was the first batsman to fall to Tabraiz Shamsi, who took three wickets at the back.
Bangladesh Batsmen Had Difficulty Forming Partnerships.
Earlier, while the rain gods threatened to ruin the game, Rossouw and de Kock’s 168-run partnership was the greatest for South Africa in a Twenty20 World Cup game.
The pair hit the ball 14 times to the fence and 11 times over it.
Temba Bavuma’s poor form continued as he was dismissed for 2 off a Taskin Ahmed (1/46) ball in the very first over after electing to bat.
But Rossouw and de Kock were at their most aggressive as they scored 21 runs off Taskin’s following over by hitting three fours and a six.
Rossouw then maintained his offensive, scoring 16 runs against Mehidy Hassan (0/32).
Bangladesh was afforded a brief reprieve when rain halted play for twenty minutes, and they were able to dry out the runs for a few overs when play began, but the South Africans quickly resumed hitting boundaries at whim.
Shakib al Hassan (2/33) joined the assault in the eleventh over, but he was met with the same reception as his predecessors, with the exception of Mustafizur Rahman (0/25), who had been hit for sixes all over the ground.
Rossouw smashed Shakib for four and two consecutive sixes
Rossouw smashed Shakib for four and two consecutive sixes. The South African lofted the ball over deep square leg for the first six of the over and then bowled another full toss in the same region for a similar outcome.
The 33-year-old Roussouw reached his fifty in 30 balls, and de Kock’s fifty followed shortly afterwards. The wicketkeeper accomplished the feat with panache by hitting a six over the deep mid-wicket boundary.
However, de Kock’s innings was terminated after 15 overs.
The Proteas innings slowed down a little as the next hitter, Tristan Stubbs, departed and Rossouw inched closer to the century mark.
Once Rossouw reached his century, he dispatched the ball for a majestic six before Shakib ended the brilliant performance.
At one time on track for a total between 220 and 230 runs, South Africa lost impetus in the last overs on a two-paced pitch and just surpassed the 200-run barrier.
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