Ruthless South Africa Smash Sorry Bangladesh
South Africa 284-8 (Kallis 69, du Plessis 52) beat
Bangladesh 78 (Peterson 4-12, Tsotsobe 3-14) by 206 runs
ICC Cricket World Cup Group B, Dhaka
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South Africa silenced a partisan home crowd at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Dhaka by demolishing Bangladesh by 206 runs in both sides' respective final ICC Cricket World Cup Group B game.
Bangladesh crumbled to be dismissed for just 78 after South Africa reached 284 for nine to conclude a one-sided match dominated by the Proteas.
Jacques Kallis (69), Francois du Plessis (52) and Hashim Amla (51) all scored half-centuries as South Africa, already qualified for the quarter-finals, were able to rest some of their players.
Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel and AB de Villiers were all absent but their replacements proved up to the task, du Plessis quickly making the number five spot look his own with some fluent strokeplay, hitting four fours and a six.
Kallis faced 76 balls and Amla 59 as the Proteas batsmen all scored at a quick rate, not allowing the Bangladesh bowlers to settle.
Rubel Hossain returned three for 56 and Shakib Al Hasan two for 46 while some late hitting from Johan Botha (12 in six balls) and Robin Peterson (22 not out in nine balls) ensured that the home side were always under pressure.
They were under even more pressure after Lonwabo Tsotsobe removed openers Tamim Iqbal (5), caught by wicket-keeper Morne van Wyk and Imrul Kayes (4), who left a straight ball onto his stumps, as well as Shahriar Nafees, also bowled, for five to pick up three for 14 in five overs, which included two maidens.
With Junaid Siddique also departing, trapped in front by Botha for two, Bangladesh were at 21 for four and fans began to leave the stadium.
And as wickets continued to tumble, so the fans departed in their masses and the innings lasted just 28 overs with South Africa's spinners inflicting a taste of their own medicine on the Bangladeshi batsmen.
Robin Peterson bowled with outstanding control and flight to return a career-best four for 12 - removing Mushfiqur Rahim - brilliantly caught at slip by Graeme Smith for four, Shakib Al Hasan (30), Shafiul Islam (0) and finally Naeem Islam (7) while the left-arm spinner also took a fine catch to see off Abdur Razzak without scoring off the bowling of Imran Tahir.
Botha effected the run out of Mahmudullah with a superb stop and throw at fine leg as everything went South Africa's way thanks to a disciplined, efficient and ruthless performance that further marks them out as a team others will want to avoid as the tournament heads into the quarter-final stages.
The result means that South Africa, India and England have now qualified for the quarter-finals and although Bangladesh are not yet eliminated, it would take a huge win for India over the West Indies for the Tigers to sneak through.
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