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As South Africa destroys Bangladesh, Rossouw scores a century

As South Africa destroys Bangladesh, Rossouw scores a century

As South Africa destroys Bangladesh, Rossouw scores a century

As South Africa destroys Bangladesh, Rossouw scores a century

Sydney: On Thursday, South Africa defeated Bangladesh to begin their Twenty20 World Cup title defence. Rilee Rossouw hit 109 runs and had a record-breaking stand with Quinton de Kock.

Following Temba Bavuma’s loss in the first over, the two joined forces and helped their team reach 205-5. Anrich Nortje took 4-10 as Bangladesh was knocked for just 101 in the 17th over.

Rossouw and De Kock added 168 runs for the second wicket after Bavuma was dismissed, surpassing the 166 that Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka scored against the West Indies in 2010.

The following ball saw De Kock fall for 63, but Rossouw continued, scoring the first century of the competition and just the 10th century ever at a T20 World Cup.

After a 56-ball innings in which he smacked eight sixes and seven fours, he was eventually out trying for one more huge hit. At a T20 World Cup, it was the fifth-highest score ever.

After their opening match on Monday against Zimbabwe in Hobart was postponed and the points were shared, the blitz gave the Proteas the much-needed Group 2 victory.

Although Bangladesh started their World Cup campaign with a nine-wicket victory over the Netherlands, they have a dismal record against strong competition and had lost all seven of their prior T20 matches against South Africa.

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