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T20 Innings: Two Batsmen From The Same Team Scored Centuries In Same Innings

T20 cricket has really grown up in a very fast way. Though this shorter format is known as a batsman’s game, we have also seen the domination of the bowlers in this format. While we have already seen many centuries in this shorter format, it is still not an easy achievement due to having a very short time.

So, it is very hard to experience the twin century in the single T20 innings. However, we have already experienced four T20 innings where two batsmen scored centuries.

Here we are talking about those four T20 innings where two batsmen from the same team scored centuries.

Gloucestershire against Middlesex at Uxbridge on 26th July 2011

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Kevin O’Brien and Hamish Marshall (Image Credit: Twitter)

It was the match during the Friends Life t20 2011 when we first time experienced two centuries in the same T20 innings. After losing the toss, the first batting side Gloucestershire’s openers Kevin O’Brien and Hamish Marshall provided a dream start with the 192 runs partnerships and both scored centuries.

While Kevin scored 119 runs off 52 balls (7 fours and 11 sixes), Marshall scored 102 runs off 54 balls (11 fours and four sixes).

After Gloucestershire scored 254/3 (20 overs) in the first innings, they restricted their opponents to just 149/8 (20 overs).


Watch Bizarre Scene: Fox’s Entry Interrupts NatWest T20 Blast Game At Iconic Lord’s

In the recent past we have witnessed bitter-sweet affairs of the animals, who have had made sudden appearances in the different cricketing grounds, in a bid to grab the attention of thousands of eyeballs, as third eye equally made it often interesting to allow the viewers for having a picture perfect glimpses of animals invading the pitch, in the lighter moment owing to the bat and ball competition.

Similarly, a fox on August 3 has interrupted the domestic game in the 14th over of the second innings during the NatWest Twenty20 Blast game played between Hampshire and Middlesex at the historic Lord’s ground.

However, the sneaky fox was shooed away by the groundsman after being filmed on the live telecast set-up for the domestic competition in the United Kingdom.

Seen as an unexpected raid beyond the padded-up boundary-line, a fox interrupted the game momentarily while stealing the show in front of around 20,000 spectators by signing off in style from one of the vacant portions of the ground.

Watch Bizarre Scene: Fox’s Entry Interrupts NatWest T20 Blast Game At Iconic Lord's 1
Wild Entry: A sneaky fox takes a leap outside boundary line at Lord’s. Photo Credit: Screengrab/SkySports

The incident took place when Hampshire required 15 runs off 36 deliveries, as the fox slowly made an appearance on the lush green outfield when overseas batsman Sean Ervine was on the striker’s end while batting on 14 off nine deliveries and Rilee Rossouw 60 off 46, before his dismissal on the same score.

Interestingly, this was not the first time when an animal made an appearance in a cricket stadium, as we have had clearly witnessed domestic animals in the form of dogs and cats halting the game following the pitch invasion.

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Coming to open the innings with skipper James Vince, Rossouw smashed six boundaries and a six to score at the strike-rate of 127.66, after being caught by Harry Podmore on the bowling of 23-year-old left-arm fast bowler Tom Barber.

Moreover, Hampshire chased down the target of 137 in 17.3 overs after bundling out Middlesex at 136 in 19.1 overs.

For Hampshire, fast bowler Kyle Abbott bagged three wickets after conceding 26 runs in his quota of four overs.

However, the two New Zealand stars Brendon McCullum and Tim Southee missed out for the Middlesex game, as the side led by Eoin Morgan saw opener Stevie Eskinazi top scoring with 43 off 27 balls, as Morgan registered 22 off 14 deliveries.

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Rilee Rossouw Has No Regrets Over Signing Kolpak Deal

Former South Africa batsman Rilee Rossouw has said he does not regret his decision to sign the Kolpak deal.

The 27-year-old was one of the handful of Proteas players who signed for English County teams in a major exodus that rocked South Africa cricket last month. And while the other players escaped any public reaction from the South Africa cricket team, Rossouw was severely criticised by South Africa coach Russell Domingo after signing a three-year deal with Hampshire.

The highly-rated southpaw, who represented South Africa in 36 One-Day Internationals and 15 Twenty20 Internationals, was seen as a future star and his decision to quit had angered one and all.

“I’m bitterly disappointed in him. He toured Australia as the back-up batsman so he was the next batsman in. He’s played most of the one-dayers and most of the T20s. He’s a guy we backed after five noughts. If that was a player of colour getting five noughts, everyone would have said he was a player of transformation. But he got five noughts and we thought this was the guy who could play the closest level to AB de Villiers in the one-day team. So we’ve invested massively in him and I’m bitterly disappointed in his decision,” Domingo had said last month.

However, Rossouw has left the whole episode behind and is looking forward to a bright future. He is currently in Dubai to play for Quetta Gladiators in the second season of the Pakistan Super League (PSL)

“Yes, definitely no regrets, and I am looking forward to a bright future and what is in store for me,” he told the media on Saturday (February 11).

He has already made his impact in the tournament with two half-centuries (60 off 47 balls and 76* off 53 balls) that have played a big role in Gladiators’ brilliant start to the season.

Speaking about the team environment, he said:

“Since day one, everyone is very positive and the two wins have put us in the right direction. Moin has helped me on what conditions to expect, and it’s a good team environment and that has helped me perform. I played ball to ball and I didn’t put too much pressure on myself.I believe if I prepare well and my execution is good on the day then I can perform. I don’t put too much pressure on myself.”

Kevin Pietersen
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Rilee Rossouw Will Be Under Pressure, Says Kevin Pietersen

Former England player Kevin Pietersen has said Rilee Rossouw, his teammate in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) will be under pressure to score runs on consistent basis.

It should be noted that Rossouw has parted ways with South African cricket as the southpaw has taken the Kolpak route, while signing for Hampshire. This deal has ended his international career and he is now available to play only for his county and various T20 leagues around the world, which includes the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) as well.

Pietersen said though he hasn’t met Rossouw, but the left-handed batsman will surely be under pressure to perform.

“I don’t know Rilee; I don’t think I’ve met him. But it’s always nice to have a South African voice in the team. He’ll be under pressure, but it will be a chance to show how good a player he is,’ Pietersen continues. If he scores run, it will give him peace of mind because he’s a good player and it will open up more opportunities,’ ’ Pietersen told

Commenting on PSL, which kicked off on February 9, Pietersen said:

“It’s a wonderful league; I play all of them and this is one of the best. The best part is that there’s no travel involved, which has a big impact on a player’s mind when they know they don’t need to keep getting on a plane.

“It doesn’t matter how good they are on paper. Anything can happen on the day. There’s a lot of talent and reputations in that team, but things can change very quickly. That’s the nature of T20 cricket.”

Both Pietersen and Rossouw are a part of Quetta Gladiators in PSL. In the first match, Rossouw went on to play an innings of 60 whereas Pietersen was dismissed for three. However, Gladiators were able to win the game by a margin of eight runs, despite posting a low total of 136 on the board.


Confirmed: David Wiese Signs Kolpak Deal, Moves To Sussex

David Wiese has confirmed a move to Sussex county club as the 31-year old South African all-rounder has signed the Kolpak deal. He is the fourth South African player in the current time to sign Kolpak deal after Kyle Abbott, Rilee Rossouw and Merchant de Lange. Wiese has informed South African board regarding the same and will now no longer be available for the selection in the national squad.

Jacques Faul, the chief executive officer of Titan confirmed the news and said, “David’s decision to sign a Kolpak-deal for Sussex is indeed a sad day for us at the franchise and for South Africa,”.

“It is sad because we obviously pride ourselves in being a successful conveyor belt for international players. South Africa is losing the services of a match-winning all-rounder whose tremendous straight hitting and masterful change of pace make him an asset to any team.

“He has also committed himself to represent the Titans for the rest of his career. He is a whole-hearted performer and a dedicated human being who commands the utmost respect,” Faul said.

“We wish David a very successful Kolpak-career for Sussex and trust that he will be a proud flag-bearer of South Africa and the Titans.”

“For us, it is disappointing that would not be available for the Proteas in the T20-series against Sri Lanka,” Faul concluded.

Wiese played a total of 20 T20Is and six ODIs for South Africa. He was a promising T20 player before he was given a chance in ODI cricket. His one-day numbers are inferior in competition to his T20I numbers. It was his performance in T20Is that earned him a place in ODI squad.

Wiese was also a member of Royal Challengers Bangalore franchise in IPL but was released for IPL 2017. He will also no longer be available to play in IPL.

Apart from Wiese, many other South African players, for example, Colin Ingram, Stiaan van Zyl, Simon Harmer and Hardus Viljoen have already signed for various county teams through Kolpak.


After Kyle Abbott and Rilee Rossouw, David Wiese All Set To Sign Kolpak Deal

South Africa all-rounder David Wiese is reportedly the latest Proteas player in line to sign a Kolpak deal with English county outfit Sussex.

South Africa cricket has been rocked by the latest fad among their cricketers who are looking to pursue a career in England to ensure a stability and security. Just a couple of days ago, two of their regular players Kyle Abbott and Rilee Rossouw ended their international careers to sign Kolpak deals for Hampshire. Stiaan van Zyl, Simon Harmer and Hardus Viljoen are already plying their trade with the English counties as South Africa is fearing the worst in the coming days.

Wiese was an important part of South Africa’s T20 team and played three matches during the last World T20 in India. Known as a good finisher in the shortest format of the game, the 31-year-old was a consistent performer for the Titans during their successful defence of the T20 Challenge. He also had an impressive short stint with Sussex during the Natwest T20 Blast last year.

ESPNcricinfo has reported that the all-rounder has already informed Titans that he is looking for a Kolpak deal. However, Titans’ CEO CEO Jacques Faul said they have “no official confirmation” about it.

Meanwhile, South Africa Test opener Stephen Cook is also close to agreeing a deal with Durham. However, the right-handed batsman is not looking for a Kolpak contract and will only feature as an overseas player.


Disappointed Russell Domingo Launches Stinging Attack On Rilee Rossouw and Kyle Abbott

South Africa head coach Russell Domingo has come down hard on Rilee Rossouw and Kyle Abbott after they quit the national team to sign a three-year and four-year Kolpak deal  respectively with English county Hampshire.

The two have joined Stiaan van Zyl, Simon Harmer and Hardus Viljoen as the latest Proteas players to ply their trade with the English counties.

A disappointed Domingo revealed Rossouw had only informed Cricket South Africa of his decision via an email on Wednesday.

“I haven’t heard from Rilee since we left Australia, to be honest,” Domingo said.

“Some of us have tried to get hold of him, and this is the truth, we got an email from him off his iPhone telling us he’s signed a Kolpak deal. He spelled my name wrong for starters. He wrote one ‘L’ instead of two ‘Ls’. That’s where we are. I am bitterly disappointed in him,” he added.

Domingo further talked about the efforts the South Africa team management had put in to groom the 27-year-old batsman who they considered to be closest to AB de Villiers, ability-wise.

“He toured Australia as the back-up Test batsman. He was the next batsman in,” Domingo said.

“He’s played One-Day cricket for us and lots of T20 cricket for us. He’s the guy we backed after five noughts. If that was a player of colour who got five noughts, everyone would have said ‘transformation’.

“But he got five noughts and we thought this was a guy who could play the closest level to AB de Villiers. He’s a guy we’ve invested in massively and I am bitterly disappointed.”

Speaking about Abbott, he expressed his disappointment over the fact that the fast-bowler did not consult him while making the big decision.

“I had discussions with Kyle six to eight months ago, encouraging him to hang in to stay within the system while Morkel, Steyn and Rabada were fit and for him to be patient,” revealed Domingo.

“I thought it had subsided, and hadn’t heard the talk again until two days ago. That was also a disappointment for me that the whole thing has unfolded without us being consulted or even being allowed to pitch a sales pitch to him,” he added.

With the likes of Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander doing well, Abbott was struggling to break into the playing XI. However, he was getting ample chances in recent times and Domingo said if that was not enough for him to get confidence, there was not much his team could do.

“Nobody is guaranteed to play for his country. I can’t guarantee it. Nobody has the right to play for his country. He (Abbott) has as good a chance as any other player to play for his country.

“That has been the disappointment that weren’t allowed a sales pitch … we weren’t allowed to present anything to him before he made his decision.He’s been doing it for a period of time. He’s played most of the games. We took him ahead of Dale to the West Indies,” Domingo said.

“He played ahead of Morne Morkel in the West Indies. He played against Australia here when we beat them 5-0 (ODIs). He’s played in our T20 World Cup ahead of Morne Morkel, so if he hasn’t got an idea (that he was in the mix for the Champions Trophy) then I don’t know,” he concluded.

Kyle Abbott enjoys competition with Dale Steyn

Kyle Abbott, Rilee Rossouw’s SA Career Ends As The Duo Commit Future To Hampshire

Kyle Abbott, Rilee Rossouw’s international career has effectively been ended after the duo have agreed to Kolpak deals with Hampshire.

It should be noted that Abbott has signed a four-year deal for the county team he played as an overseas signing in 2014 while southpaw Rossouw has joined Hampshire on a three-year deal.

“I have signed a Kolpak agreement,” Abbott said after the conclusion of the second Test against Sri Lanka. “It has been one of the hardest decisions I’ve had to make but it is the right decision for me.”

“There have been a few evenings where I have gone to sleep wondering if I made the right decision and woken up in the morning knowing I have. The last few months [since I made the decision] it’s about playing with weight off my shoulders. In the last few months, I have never felt far away from being dropped. I’ve now played thinking if I do it doesn’t matter. I am really enjoying it. If I wasn’t committed to South African cricket, I would have done this a long time ago.

“February would be four years since my international debut. Ever since I played in South Africa, at every level, there has always been a quota system. I have never used it as an excuse and I won’t now. I need to pay bills, I need to buy groceries.”

Faf du Plessis, South Africa’s newly appointed Test captain, didn’t look happy with the way things panned out. Although, he said he totally respects Abbott’s decision but doesn’t agree with it.

“That was not the way we wanted. It was something that we didn’t expect and it was out of our control,” du Plessis said. 

“We did get together and spoke to Kyle and tried to change his mind. Kyle had already set up what he wanted to do. Then it was just about me making sure the boys were focused on the job at hand. The boys were brilliant. Even Kyle. He wanted to make sure everything was about the team. I’m a little bit upset that Kyle couldn’t get one or two wickets. Would have liked to see him do well in his last outing.

“Opportunity, money, transformation. There are a lot of factors guys will look at as their excuse or as their reason. What Kyle’s is, I am not sure. Every single reason is a concern. He is someone who has not been sure for a period of time. He wants security.

“I want him playing for South Africa. He is not going to be part of our team so if he is not going to be part of our team, its time to move on. I respect his decision but I don’t agree with it,” he added. 

As for Rilee Rossouw, who was last selected for Australia Tests in 2016 (that South Africa won 2-1), believes moving to England will give him and his family long term security which couldn’t have been possible in South Africa.

“I have loved representing the Proteas and will watch from afar with great affection every time they take the field from now on but I am hugely dedicated to making Hampshire cricket successful on the field,” Rossouw said. 

“I would like to express my thanks to Cricket South Africa for the opportunity to represent my country and also for the Knights for their continued support. 

“The decision to leave South Africa is something I have thought long and hard about and moving to England will give me and my family the long term career security that I believe is important at this stage of my life.”

Rossouw played 36 ODIs and 15 T20Is for South Africa and hit three centuries while Kyle Abbott played 11 Tests, 28 ODIs and 21 T20Is and grabbed a total of 99 wickets.

South Africa have already taken a 2-0 lead in the ongoing three-match series against Sri Lanka. Wayne Parnell, who is already in the squad as a backup pacer, is expected to replace Abbott while Duanne Olivier – Knights seamer – has been called up for the third Test.


Rilee Rossouw ruled out of tri series

South African batsman Rilee Rossouw was ruled out of the ongoing tri-series in the Caribbean after injuring his shoulder during South Africa’s fixture against Australia at Guyana. The left-hander will return home and will undergo a surgery on his injured shoulder. The South African management named batsman Dean Elger as the replacement for Rossouw.

Rossouw batted at number three for the Proteas in the absence of the experienced Faf Du Plessis. Du Plessis was injured during the IPL but is expected to be fit soon. Calling up Elgar to replace Rossouw is an interesting move, as Elgar has been chosen ahead of David Miller. Miller was the first choice replacement, but due to struggling with extremely poor form, he was ignored by the selectors.

South Africa had a fruitful outing against Australia at Guyana though, as the Proteas easily defended 190 to register a comprehensive win. Skipper AB De Villiers was delighted with his side’s win and praised his unit. “Very happy,” said De Villiers. “You do feel shaky at times. 100 overs is a lot of time. There can be lots of changes in momentum. Behardien was terrific. He ensured we didn’t lose the momentum. We started well with the seamers. I thought that’s the best way to attack. All the spinners did a fantastic job and made my job easy.”

De Villiers had words of appreciation for debutant spinner Tabraiz Shamsi. “He (Shamsi) loves taking wickets, he is always positive. I think he (Shamsi) is gonna get more international wickets. Very good to get that last wicket. Aaron Phangiso bowling a slider and I’m not 100 percent sure, there’s a little bit of time for the next game. But, momentum is on our side and we would like to carry the same for the rest of the series,” De Villiers said.