ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2022, Super 12, Group 2, South Africa vs Bangladesh: Quinton de Kock-Rilee Rossouw 168-run stand, Anrich Nortje's 4-10 & Tabraiz Shamsi's 3-20 are top performances. South Africa beat Bangladesh by 104 runs and top Group 2 in Points table.
Brief Scores: South Africa 205/5 (Rossouw 109, de Kock 63, Shakib Al Hasan 2/33) beats Bangladesh 101 (Litton Das 34, Anrich Nortje 4/10) by 104 runs
Player of the Match: Rilee Rossouw (109 off 56)
After their first match was abandoned due to rain against Zimbabwe, South Africa needed to win it big against Bangladesh in the Group 2 match of ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022. South Africa, who are placed 3rd in T20I team rankings, came into this world cup on the back of series loss to India in both ODIs and T20Is. Bangladesh, who won their first match against Netherlands, are coming from a disastrous tri-series in New Zealand where they lost all their league matches.
Before this match, Bangladesh lost all their 7 T20Is against South Africa.
This win has put South Africa at the top of the points table in Group 2. They have 3 points from 2 games. The big win has pushed their net run rate to 5.200 that could come in handy later if the Proteas are tied up on points with other teams. Also, South Africa would be inspired by Rossouw’s recent run of form who struck his second ton in his last three international games.
South Africa score 205/5 but fall at least 30 runs short
South Africa lost their skipper and opener, Temba Bavuma, cheaply in the first over itself for 2 off Taskin Ahmed’s bowling. The dismissal brought Rossouw to the middle and the number 3 batter made Bangladesh go for a leather hunt in the company of Quinton de Kock. The two posted a brilliant 168-run stand in 13.3 overs before the keeper fell for a 38-ball 63 off Afif Hossain’s bowling. The dismissal slowed down the run rate with another two wickets falling cheaply. Rilee Rossouw duly reached his ton, but fell soon for 109 off 56 balls laced with 7 fours and 8 sixes. South Africa struggled to accelerate in the death overs, and could manage just 25 runs in the last 4 overs, to end up with 205/5.
Anrich Nortje derails Bangladesh chase
Bangladesh began briskly, racing to 26 off 2 overs. But the introduction of Anrich Nortje in the third over saw two dismissals in Najmul Hossain Shanto for 9, and Soumya Sarkar for 15. In the next over, Nortje dismissed the dangerous Shakib Al Hasan LBW for 1. Kagiso Rabada dismissed Afif Hossan for 1 to make it 47/4 in the powerplay overs.
Bangladesh batters then lacked patience to stay at the wicket and perished one after another looking for big shots, being all out for 101. Nortje took his fourth wicket in the form of Taskin Ahmed.
Let’s take a look at the top three performances from the game between South Africa and Bangladesh in ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022.
Rilee Rossouw-Quinton de Kock’s 168-run stand
The partnership of 168 runs between Rilee Rossouw and Quinton de Kock came in just 13.3 overs at almost 13 runs per over. This was the third-highest partnership for any wicket for South Africa in T20Is. Rossouw was the dominant partner in this stand. It was his second T20I ton. His knock was effortless as he toyed with the field placements, finding gaps for fours and going over the top with ease. He attacked both pacers and spinners with ease. He cracked 8 sixes overall and 7 fours, striking at just less than 200.
De Kock was the perfect partner for Rossouw in this big stand as he allowed the number 3 batter to farm most of the strike and let him have a go at the bowlers. But de Kock too made the most of the strike he got, cracking 3 sixes and 7 fours during his knock of 63. De Kock’s dismissal saw the innings fizzle out as South Africa fell 30 runs short of the score they should have got in the end. But the stand was easily the match-winner for the Proteas.
Anrich Nortje demolishes Bangladesh batting order with 4/10
One of the fastest bowlers in international cricket, Anrich Nortje showed why he is rated so highly. He bowled to Bangladesh batters with great pace and line and length. He gave no room to the batters to play their shots. He dismissed Shanto with the batter being beaten for pace.
Soumya Sarkar nicked it behind, while Al Hasan played all over to be adjudged LBW. In his first spell, Nortje’s bowling figures read 2-0-4-3. He took his fourth wicket later in the innings to end up with 4/10. Nortje’s spell overshadowed the good work of other pacers, Kagiso Rabada and Wayne Parnell, who set the stage for Nortje to prize out the wickets.
Tabraiz Shamsi chipped in with 3/20
With the top-order of Bangladesh back in the hut, South African spinners then made merry. Tabraiz Shamsi was the most impressive of the two South African tweakers as he ended up with 3/20. Shamsi just stuck to good line and length bowling to restrict the runs and Bangladesh’s middle-order just perished trying to hit him out of the ground, only to end up giving catch practice to South African fielders in the deep. Shamsi’s left-arm wrist bowling was difficult to pick up as well. A wrong ‘un got Nurul Hassan to hole out in the deep.
ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2022, Group 2 Points Table
South Africa face a tough challenge as their next game is against India on October 30 in Perth. If they win this match, they will be one of the favourites for the semis. The big loss has done more harm to Bangladesh. Their net run-rate has dipped to -2.375 and must now win all their matches by a big margin to stay in the hunt for the semis.