Rilee Rossouw put on a batting masterclass and hit his second T20I century as South Africa posted a mammoth total of 205 for 5 in 20 overs against Bangladesh in their second game of Super 12 stage of the World Cup at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney on Thursday.
Opted to bat first, the Proteas lost captain Temba Bavuma (2 off 6) as early as in the first over but what followed was an absolute hammering of Bangladesh bowlers. The pair of Quinton de Kock and Rilee Rossouw completely dominated the proceedings and kept the run rate sky-high.
The duo added huge 168 runs for the second wicket before De Kock was dismissed for a well-made 63 off just 38 balls that includes seven fours and three gigantic sixes as well. However, the Bangladesh bowlers didn’t get any relief as Rossouw went on to smash his second consecutive century in the shortest format. Rossouw scored 109 from 56 deliveries with the help of seven fours and eight sixes.
Rilee Rossouw and Quinton de Kock shared in the highest-ever partnership in Twenty20 World Cup history, amassing 168 for the second wicket. They surpassed the 166 that Sri Lanka’s Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara made against the West Indies in May 2010. 168 is also the highest partnership for South Africa in Men’s T20 World Cup. Previous highest was 120* by Herschelle Gibbs and Justin Kemp against West Indies in 2007.
Highest Partnerships in Men’s T20 World Cup:
Rilee Rossouw, Quinton De Kock 168 runs v Bangladesh, Sydney
Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara 166 runs v West Indies, Bridgetown
Mohammad Rizwan, Babar Azam 152* runs v India, Dubai
Rossouw becomes the first South African to score a T20 World Cup hundred and reached the milestone in just 52 deliveries He hits the fourth-fastest hundred in a Men’s T20 World Cup. Chris Gayle holds the record for the fastest and second-fastest hundreds, off 47 and 50 deliveries, respectively. Brendon McCullum got it off in 51 deliveries against Bangladesh in 2012 and is third on the list.
Fastest Hundreds by balls in Men’s T20 World Cup:
Chris Gayle(West Indies), 47 balls vs England in 2016
Chris Gayle(West Indies), 50 balls vs South Africa in 2007
Brendon McCullum(New Zealand), 51 balls vs Bangladesh in 2012
Rilee Rossouw(South Africa), 52 balls vs Bangladesh in 2022
Ahmed Shehzad(Pakistan), 58 balls vs Bangladesh in 2014
Rossouw’s second consecutive T20I hundred makes him only the second batter after France’s Gustav McKeon to achieve the feat. Just days after becoming the youngest man to score a T20I century, France’s opener McKeon rewrote records books by being the first batter to score back-to-back centuries in T20Is.