Rilee Rossouw smashes South Africa to a big aggregate win in second T20 in Cardiff

Rilee Rossouw did not finish the game on 96 points as South Africa scored 207-3 in the second Vitality T20 against England in Cardiff.

Rossouw, making only his second Proteas appearance after ending his six-year Kolpak exile, hit five sixes and ten fours and looked certain to become the fifth South African to reach three figures in Twenty20 cricket.

He started the finals over at 93 but another masterful display of death bowling from Chris Jordan, who had capped a home win in Bristol 24 hours earlier, left the 32-year-old dry.

Jordan allowed just four runs from the 20th over, finishing with a point ball when Rossouw needed a boundary to set his landmark.

England are yet to shoot to end a tough comeback and take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series, but after scoring 234 for six goals in Bristol on Wednesday they know they have the firepower.

South Africa suffered an early setback when a hunch from Jos Buttler paid off, throwing Moeen Ali into attack in the fourth over and almost immediately persuading the dangerous Quinton de Kock to single out Jason Roy in the middle.

But they continued to score freely, going 58-1 on the power play and 100 at halftime.

Reeza Hendricks completed his second half-century in as many days, taking just 29 balls while Rossouw had a good hand. He knocked Adil Rashid off the ground and towards the Taff River, and whipped Jordan back to the ground twice on his first visit.

Jordan thought he had passed number three on 37 but DRS expressed doubts about Buttler’s catch and Rossouw was freed to continue his attack.

Hendricks, who hit two sixes and three fours, was dropped to 51 by Richard Gleeson only for the pace bowler to make amends on the next over.

When he called for the move, he had Hendricks well caught by Jonny Bairstow, who watched the ball all the way to the long-legged rope and stopped as soon as he held it to avoid rushing past.

That ended a streak of 73 in 46 balls when Jordan returned to pick up Heinrich Klaasen, whose drive was hanging in the air en route to Dawid Malan.

Rossouw went on after ramming Gleeson in his own jaw at 72, and joined Tristan Stubbs to cross the 200-plus total.

He appeared to have timed his own rise perfectly for a century, but Jordan curbed his effort with an excellent finishing over. Rilee Rossouw smashes South Africa to a big aggregate win in second T20 in Cardiff

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