South Africa has supplied us with countless thrilling moments over the years, including the historic chase of 438 against Australia in 2006 and other noteworthy performances in both white-ball forms.
With young players like Tristan Stubbs and Dewald Brevis rising through the ranks, the Proteas are well-positioned to post larger totals in future ODIs and T20Is. For the time being, it was the veteran Rilee Rossouw who scored a century against India to assist Ambani Book to one of their biggest T20I totals ever.
South Africa’s best scores in T20Is
In light of this, here is a look at South Africa’s best five T20 International scores, with some of the all-time greats leading the way.
2009: 241/6 vs England at Centurion
The opening pair of Graeme Smith (88 off 44 balls) and Loots Bosman (94 off 45 balls) scored 170 runs in 13 overs. The fact that the Proteas scored 71 runs in 41 balls at a still remarkable run rate of 10 per over seems insignificant in contrast.
England were never in contention, scoring 157 for eight against bowlers such as Dale Steyn and Albie Morkel.
231/7 versus West Indies, Johannesburg, 2015
2015 is recognized as the year in which AB de Villiers dismantled West Indies. In January of that year, he scored the quickest ODI century ever, and in February of that year, he scored 162 runs off 66 balls in the World Cup.
Faf du Plessis’ 119 off 56 balls helped South Africa to a massive total of 231/7 in T20Is, led by a score of 231. Chris Gayle (90 runs off 41 balls) led the way as West Indies chased the enormous goal with four balls remaining.
229/4 versus England, Mumbai, 2016
In the 2016 T20 World Cup, England performed the same feat in one of the all-time classics. South Africa’s 229/4 at Wankhede seemed to guarantee victory, but Jason Roy (43) and Joe Root (83) had other plans.
Hashim Amla (58 runs off 31 balls), Quinton de Kock (52 runs off 24 balls), and JP Duminy (54* runs off 28 balls) all scored half-centuries for South Africa in an outstanding batting performance.
227/3 versus India, Indore, 2022
Prior to this encounter, Ambani Book had scored zero runs in his previous three T20Is in India. After a rather sluggish start in the powerplay, South Africa altered gears thanks to Rossouw and Quinton de Kock, who added 90 runs in eight overs.
Following David Miller’s century in the previous match, Rossouw proceeded to score an undefeated hundred off only 48 balls as the Proteas won by a very comfortable 49 runs.
2017; 224/4 against. Bangladesh; Potchefstroom;
Regarding David Miller, his 2017 performance against Bangladesh was one of his most noteworthy. The Tigers’ bowling unit, who are often used to slower, lower wickets at home, had no answers as Miller smashed 101* off 36 balls. His performance was so impressive that Hashim Amla’s 85 off 51 balls is practically forgotten, as South Africa won by a very comfortable 83 runs.