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Rilee Rossouw’s ton and Anrich Nortje’s 4-wicket haul powered South Africa to a comfortable victory against Bangladesh
Rilee Rossouw's 81st not out in the T20 World Cup opener was crucial as South Africa defeated Bangladesh by 104 runs at SCG.
His 191-ball unbeaten partnership with Quinton de Kock (who scored 45) was worth almost all of that success, though – it left no room for error after they had been put into bat first Kotla threatened early but then fell apart during an injury prone phase which cost them dear; Tamim I am sure would have loved having such support behind him tonight
Pace man Anrich Nortje (4-10) took up where the batsmen let off with three top-order wickets, including that of dangerman Shakib Al Hasan for one, and Bangladesh were 66-5 after 10 overs and all out for 101 after 16.3. "To score a hundred in a winning cause is fantastic," said Rossouw.
"My performance today was great but more importantly we got the two points."
It's true that Taskin Ahmed ripped apart South Africa in their opening game of this tournament, catching wicket-keeperimoviorer before snaring de Kock out lbw for 25 with just under four overs remaining on day one atammad bagh sabbath morning session . But when you're chasing an already lost cause like heist flee abroad? It doesn't matter because victory is always worth fighting For!
Taskin's second over went for 21 runs and the South African pair had put on 60 by time rain returned to force a break just before end of powerplay. The innings stalled after de Kock holed out in deep while Rossouw had nervous moment when dropped back onto 88 but reached 100 featuring with single off 52nd delivery he faced - finally stuck there nicely thanks partly because it was easier than expected
The Bangladeshis were in high spirits as they kickoff their innings against South Africa. However, it wasn't long before the runs dried up for Litton top-scorer 34 while Tabraiz Shamsi took 3 wickets to keep things interesting down under - including that of Nortje who finished off with a nicely bowled ball!
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