Cricket

Bangladesh outsmarted South Africa with ease to register a first win.


South Africa were comprehensively defeated by hosts England in the opening game of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 and will look to bounce back with a win against Bangladesh, who are playing their first match of the tournament. The Bangla Tigers have World No. 1 ODI all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan in their ranks and will seek a positive start to their ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 campaign.

         

South Africa, elected to field first after winning the toss, with Tamim and Sarkar provided a quick opening stand of 60 in 8 overs. Tamim was undone for 16, while Sarkar made a solid 42 before being dismissed by Morris leaving Bangladesh at 75/2. Shakib and Musfiqur got together for the 2nd wicket stand and they carried the ship in an emphatic way by adding 142 runs for the 3rd wicket stand. Shakib raced to his half century off 44 balls, while his partner’s half century came off 46 balls. Shakib was undone by Tahir for 75, while Musfiqur’s innings of 78 was brought down by Phehlukwayo, leaving Bangladesh at 250/5 in 43rd over. Last surge in the innings came from Mahmudullah and Mosaddek, while pulled off 70 runs from last 6 overs to take Bangladesh at 330/6 in 50 overs. Mahumdullah scored an unbeaten 46, while Mosaddek
made 26. Imran Tahir picked up 57/2.


Chasing a high total of 331, de Kock and Markram put on the watchful stand of 49 in 10 overs, as de Kock was runout for 23. Du Plessis and Markram put on the half century stand for the 2nd wicket. Markram made 45 before being undone by Shakib. Miller joined Du Plessis for the 3rd wicket stand, as they put on 45 runs for the 3rd wicket. Du Plessis was bowled off Mehidy for 62, as South Africa were struggling at 147/3 in 27th over. Miller and Dussen provided some hope for the Proteas fans, as they put on another half century stand to take Africa at 202, before Miller perished for 38. Dussen made an impressive 41, but the required rate mounded beyond reach. Duminy contributed with quick fire 45, but these efforts weren’t enough as South Africa ended the innings at 309/8 in 50 overs, ended up losing the game by 21 runs.  Mustafizur Rahman picked up 67/3.

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