Batters surrender against their opponent
Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com
Bangladesh’s batting was no match for their counterpart South Africa, which led to a massive loss for the Tigers by 104 runs at the Sydney Cricket Ground today in the two teams’ second Super 12 fixture of the T20 World Cup.
Chasing a daunting 206, Bangladesh openers appeared to be set for the challenge. From 26 for no loss after two overs, however, Bangladesh kept losing wickets at regular intervals while the required run-rate kept escalating. Eventually the Tigers were bundled out for 101 in 16.2 overs to suffer their heaviest defeat in terms of runs in T20Is, surpassing the 102-run loss against Pakistan in Karachi in 2008.
Liton Das top-scored for Bangladesh with a 31-ball 34, and opener Soumya Sarkar’s six-ball 15 was the only meaningful knock at the top, given the target the Tigers were chasing.
South Africa quicks Anrich Nortje and Wayne Parnell scalped four and three wickets, respectively, while Kagiso Rabada and Keshab Maharaj picked one.
The pair came together after opener and captain Temba Bavuma again failed with the bat, out for two in the first over.
From there it was all South Africa with the pair putting on 168 for the second wicket, surpassing the 166 that Sri Lanka’s Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara made against the West Indies in 2010.
De Kock fell for 63 the next ball but Rossouw powered on, bringing up the first century of the Australian tournament and only the 10th ever at a T20 World Cup.
He was eventually out going for another big hit, ending a 56-ball knock in which he smashed eight sixes and seven fours. It was the fifth highest score at a T20 World Cup.
Rossouw reached his 50 first, off 30 balls, with De Kock taking four balls longer.
They went on to demolish the Bangladesh attack, setting the new partnership record before De Kock was caught at long-on off Afif Hossain for 63 off 38 balls.