'Rilee might have smashed these' – Kobus Olivier stunned over South Africa's resolution to open with Temba Bavuma

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Kobus Olivier has mentioned that South Africa missed the trick by not selling the explosive batter Rilee Rossouw up the order to open the innings together with Quinton de Kock of their rain-curtailed ICC T20 World Cup 2022 encounter towards Zimbabwe on the Bellerive Oval in Hobart on October 24. 

Olivier mentioned that the Proteas would have been simply sitting comfortably with two factors as an alternative of 1 after the match was compelled to be deserted as a consequence of rain with South Africa being extraordinarily near a 10-wicket win. 

South Africa would have had two factors as an alternative of 1: Kobus Olivier

“I used to be stunned when (Temba) Bavuma walked out to open the batting with Quinton de Kock. I believe with these 9 overs, they need to have opened with de Kock and Rilee Rossouw. Rilee Rossouw is often a gap batter and he can bat the identical method as de Kock. Had Rilee Rossouw opened the batting with de Kock, these three-four balls which Bavuma took for ones, Rilee might have smashed 4 sixes as nicely”, mentioned Kobus Olivier whereas talking on ‘BatBricks7 presents Run Ki Runneeti’ on CricTracker.

“They usually have been 13 runs brief. So in hindsight, if Rilee Rossouw had opened and hit these balls then South Africa would have perhaps gained the sport. So, it was a shock to me that Bavuma opened on this recreation. I personally didn’t suppose that they might have opened with him”, he added. 

Quinton de Kock single-handedly threatened to take the sport away from the Zimbabwe, chasing 80 runs from the stipulated 9 overs. Bavuma, alternatively, solely scored two runs off two deliveries and was only a silent spectator witnessing de Kock’s carnage. 

When rain gods intervened within the second over of the chase, the Proteas’ job grew to become simpler as they needed to chase a revised goal of 64 runs from seven overs. Sadly for them, the rain reappeared and didn’t cease as the competition needed to be deserted with each groups sharing the spoils.