World Cup comment - Bangladesh hand South Africa their 2nd consecutive defeat of CWC19
South Africa were under the pump, going into this match, after suffering a massive 104-run defeat against England.
A win against Bangladesh was necessary for the Proteas to give them the much-required momentum, but Bangladesh had other plans. The Tigers had been looking good in their build-up to the tournament and showed yet again what they are capable of.
Batting first, Bangladesh had a 60-run opening partnership, which set up the innings beautifully. The experienced pros Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim batting at number three and number four respectively leveraged their experience to keep churning singles and doubles in the middle overs.
Explosive hands from Mahmudullah and Mosaddek Hossain in the end helped Bangladesh post 330, their highest ODI total. It came against a South African bowling line up that looked innocuous, at best.
South Africa started the chase well with a 49-run opening stand. However, the team kept losing wickets at crucial times which did not allow them to accelerate. Each of Quinton de Kock, Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis, Rassie van der Dussen, JP Duminy and David Miller got starts and looked comfortable at the crease but kept getting out after being set. Hence, the team could never gained momentum.
A lot of credit must go to Bangladeshi captain Mustafa Murtaza who made wise bowling changes and successfully influenced the run of play. Shakib Al Rahman was awarded the Man of the Match for his 75-run knock and bowling figures of 10-50-1.
South Africa- Quinton de Kock, Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis, Rassie van der Dussen, Jean-Paul Duminy, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir
Bangladesh- Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehidy Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza, Mustafizur Rahman
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