Rilee Rossouw blasted 109 and shared a record-breaking stand with Quinton de Kock as South Africa defeated Bangladesh in Sydney on Thursday to start their challenge for the Twenty20 World Cup title.
After Temba Buma went down in his first over, the two worked together to take the team to his 205 to 5. Bangladesh saw him sent off with just 101 points in 17 overs, with Anrich Nortje winning his 4-10 victory.
De Kock fell on the next ball with his 63, but Rossow continued to charge and set the tournament’s first century in points, while T20 Worlds scored just his 10th in the Cup.
Finally looking for another big hit, he finished his knock on 56 balls, smashing out eight sixes and seven fours. This was the fifth-highest score in the T20 World Championships.
The Brits have geared up the Proteas for a long-awaited Group 2 win after Monday’s opener against Zimbabwe in Hobart was a wash and points were shared.
Bangladesh started the campaign with a 9-wicket win over the Netherlands, but Worlds has had a poor head-to-head record with his side at the top of the Cup, having won his last seven T20 games against South Africa.
Bavuma won the toss and scored first, but the South African skipper lost again after a run of bad form.
The pair struck 4 and 6 across the floor to build a partnership of 50 in 4 overs, but were broken 60-1 in the 6th over when light rain began to fall.
They wrecked a Bangladeshi attack before De Kok scored 170 38-63 in 15 overs 38-63 against Afif Hossein.
Bangladesh’s intentions were clear as Kagiso Labada, the first scorer, took 17 from his first over.
But the nonchalant approach cost them when Nortje took his two wickets in the same over. Soumya Sarkar (15) beat wicketkeeper de Kock and Najmul Shanto was bowled clean.
Nortje scored his third (and big) in the next over, skipper Shakib Al Hasan lbw catching his one. Lambada then dealt with Afif his Hossein (1), overcoming Wayne Parnell’s pull along the way.
Bangladesh had trouble with him 47-4 in 6 overs. Mehidy Hasan held 13 balls and Mosaddek Hossain held just 3 before the tail was quickly cleared and his final 4 wickets fell to his 25.