Rille Rossouw scripts history with multiple records with a 52-ball century vs BAN in T20 WC
The first match on Thursday saw a magnificent century from the bat of South African batter Rille Rossouw. The left-hander brought up the first century of the ongoing T20 World Cup 2022 in a grand fashion. At the Sydney Cricket Ground, South Africa faced Bangladesh in their second game of the "Super 12" tournament.
The Proteas won the toss and decided to bat first. Skipper Temba Bavuma (2) got out early. But after that, the world saw the biggest partnership in the history of the T20 World Cup. Rossouw, along with Quinton de Kock, added a record 168-run partnership for the second wicket.
This stand broke the previous best between the legendary Sri Lankan duo of Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene of 166 runs, which came against the West Indies in the 2010 T20 World Cup. De Kock made 63 off 38 balls, along with seven fours and three sixes.
On the other hand, Rossouw went on to smash a 52-ball century and ended up scoring 109 runs off 56 balls, with seven fours and eight sixes. Notably, this was also the fourth fastest century in T20 World Cup history.
Chris Gayle held the record for the first two fastest centuries off 47 (2016) and 50 (2007) balls, respectively. Former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum is third on the list with a 51-ball 100, which came against Bangladesh in 2012.
Notably, this was also back-to-back centuries for Rossouw, and he is now the only player from the full-member team to score consecutive centuries in T20 internationals. Prior to that, he scored a century in the third and final T20I against India. Apart from him, France's batter Gustav McKeon is the other batter with two consecutive T20I centuries.
Batting first, South Africa made 205/5 in their 20 overs. In response, Bangladesh had a poor batting display and the whole team could only manage 101 all out in 16.3 overs, and South Africa registered their first win of the competition by 104 runs.