T20 World Cup: Rilee Rossouw smashes century as South Africa beat Bangladesh


South Africa’s next match is against India in Perth on Sunday. Bangladesh play Zimbabwe in Brisbane earlier on the same day
ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Team 2, Sydney
South Africa 205-5 (20 overs): Rossouw 109 (56), De Kock 63 (38); Shakib 2-33
Bangladesh 101 (16.3 overs): Das 34 (31); Nortje 4-10, Shamsi 3-20
South Africa won by 104 runs
Scorecard. Tables

Rilee Rossouw smashed the first hundred of this year’s Men’s T20 World Cup as South Africa cruised to a 104-run victory over Bangladesh in Sydney.

Rossouw hit 109 off 56 balls, including eight sixes and seven fours, as South Africa posted 205-5.

He put on 163 for the second wicket with Quinton de Kock, the highest stand in the history of the tournament.

The fiery quick Anrich Nortje took 4-10 in Bangladesh’s 101 in 16.3 overs.

Rossouw’s score was the fifth highest in the Men’s T20 World Cup and South Africa’s first hundred.

He repeatedly cleared the leg-side boundary and reached his fifty in 30 balls and three figures in the 52nd over.

Rossouw had not played for the Proteas since 2016 after taking up the Kolpak deal in July this year, but having failed to score 100 against India earlier this month, he has centuries in competitive T20s.

Brendon McCullum (NZ) 123 against Bangladesh in 2012
Chris Gayle (WI) 117 against England in 2007
Alex Hales (English) 116* Sri Lanka in 2014
Ahmed Shehzad (Pak) 111* against Bangladesh in 2014
Rilee Rossouw (SA) 109 against Bangladesh in 2022

The only other player to achieve this feat at international men’s level is France’s Gustav McKeon.

After captain Temba Bavuma was caught behind in the first over, Rossouw showed brute force in his attacking pace and spin before being caught off the bowling of Shakib al Hasan.

South Africa’s total is the highest of this year’s competition so far, but Rossouw and De Kock, who scored 63 off 38 as they were batting at 240, looked out of reach as the Proteas put on 29 for the loss of three. wickets in the last five overs.

Bangladesh scored 26 from the first two overs but the innings of Nortje, who bowled at a blistering pace, settled the contest as Soumya Sarkar caught a bottom edge on 15 and bowled Najmul Hossain Shanto at third over.

Nortje returned to end the innings by splashing the stumps of Taskin Ahmed in his fourth over after spinner Tabraiz Shamsi took 3-20 in the middle.

South Africa were denied a washout against Zimbabwe by rain, but this win lifts them to the top of the Group 2 standings and confirms their position as one of the teams to fear.