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‘It was special,’ says Rossouw after dream century against India



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South Africa's Rilee Rossouw on Tuesday called his maiden Twenty20 international century coming against a "world class" India "special" after he helped the tourists to a consolation 49-run win in the third match.

The left-handed Rossouw, who came into his 21st T20 for South Africa on the back of two ducks, made an unbeaten 100 in 48 balls to steer the team to 227-3 after being invited to bat first in Indore.

South African bowlers then combined to bowl out India for 178 in 18.3 overs, but the hosts took the three-match series 2-1 -- their first ever against the Proteas at home -- after winning the first two matches.

It was the last match for both the teams ahead of the T20 World Cup in Australia starting later this month and the 32-year-old Rossouw made it count for the tourists.

"(India are) a world class side, I would say, it (the knock) was special," man of the match Rossouw said of his ton against the top-ranked T20 team in the world.

"It is something that you dream of as a cricketer, to score a hundred in front of a packed crowd and I am glad I could contribute for the winning side tonight."