On the back of a fantastic ton from Rilee Rossouw, South Africa posted a mammoth total on the board which they defended successfully and won the game by 104 runs. With this, the Proteas grabbed their first win of the T20 World Cup 2022 and got a big boost in their net run rate.
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South Africa won the toss and opted to bat first. Skipper Temba Bavuma was dismissed in the very first over by Taskin Ahmed. Rilee Rossouw was aggressive from the get-go, along with Quinton de Kock putting up a solid partnership for the second wicket.
Rossouw hit some fantastic shots and Bangladesh’s bowlers were hit all around the park. The highest-ever stand of 168 runs in T20 World Cups history came to an end when de Kock departed on 63 off 38 balls. There was no stopping Rossouw from the other end as he hit some lusty blows and brought up his second T20I ton. He departed on 109 off 56 balls as it helped the South African side post a mammoth 205 on the board. Bangladesh picked up five wickets in total, with Shakib Al Hasan finishing with two.
Chasing a mammoth total, Bangladesh’s openers took on Kagiso Rabada in the opening over. They scored 17 in the first over. They were looking good in the middle but Anrich Nortje wreaked havoc in Bangladesh’s camp with his extra pace. He dismissed both the openers in the third over and also trapped Shakib on one in front of the stumps in his second over. Bangladesh were reduced to 47/4 at the end of the powerplay.
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The South African bowlers bowled brilliantly and Bangladesh’s batters struggled to get going. The batters failed to adapt to the conditions as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals and as a result, the required run rate kept climbing up. Litton Das top-scored with 34 for Bangladesh but they got bundled out on 101 in 16.3 overs to lose the game by 104 runs. Anrich Nortje for South Africa finished with figures of 4/10 in 3.3 overs, the best by a South African in the T20 World Cups. Tabraiz Shamsi also chipped in with three wickets.
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