Temba Bavuma
Temba Bavuma. Pic Credits: Twitter

Last Update on: October 27th, 2022 at 03:34 pm

South Africa registered their first win in the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 by defeating Bangladesh by a huge margin of 104 runs at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney on Thursday, October 27. The Proteas were on the verge of winning their World Cup opener against Zimbabwe before the match was abandoned due to rain.

South Africa chose to bat after winning the toss, and the batsmen took full advantage of the pitch. Riley Rossouw scored his second consecutive T20I century and scored 109 off just 56 balls, while Quinton de Kock played a blinder of 63 off 38 balls.

Rossouw and De Kock recorded the highest partnership for any wicket in World Cup history. Both batsmen put on a 168-run partnership, surpassing Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene’s record of 166 for the second wicket against the West Indies in 2010.

Rilee Rossouw and Quinton de Kock
Rilee Rossouw and Quinton de Kock (Image Credits: Twitter)

South Africa captain Temba Bavuma failed once again and was dismissed for 2 off 6 balls, caught behind off Bangladesh pacer Taskin Ahmed’s bowling in the very first over.

Bavuma’s form has been the source of massive debate over the past couple of months. Former India batsman Akash Chopra criticized South African captain Temba Bavuma after registering another low score.

Temba Bavuma
Image Credits: Twitter

It’s Almost Criminal To Leave Out Reeza – Aakash Chopra

Following Bavuma’s dismissal, Chopra took to his official Twitter account to criticise the South African skipper. He wrote, “You can and must shut the outside noise…but it won’t be a bad thing to listen to the internal voice. It’s almost criminal to leave out Reeza. Remember…Captaincy is a privilege…not a right.”

Aakash Chopra (Image Credits: Twitter)
Aakash Chopra (Image Credits: Twitter)

Hendricks has been in excellent form recently, and he was the Proteas’ leading run-scorer in T20Is during their tour of England, scoring 180 runs in three innings at an average of 60. During the India tour, he also scored 74 off 76 balls in the second ODI in Ranchi. In recent times, the South African has shown excellent form with the willow. He arrived in India after scoring 94 and 55 against Lahore Qalandars in the Pakistan Super League.

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