Bangladesh Condemn South Africa to Second Loss
Bangladesh defeating one big nation back in 2007 would be considered an upset. However, anything less than a semifinal berth would be considered a big disappointment. Put into bat on a good batting wicket, Bangladesh recorded their highest total 330 for 6, courtesy 142 runs partnership between Shakib Al Hassan 75 off 84 and Mushfiqur Rahim 78 off 80. On the other hand top 5 of the Proteas line up got to a good start but were not able to cross the line. Captain Faf du Plessis top scored with 62 off 53.
Losing the toss seems to have worked well for Captain Mashrafe Mortaza, as he was in a dilemma whether to bat or bowl. Tamim Iqbal out of the injury started cautiously facing the pace duo Lungi Ngidi and Kagiso Rabada bowling at 140km/h regularly. On the other end, Soumya Sarkar was the aggressor who showed some class and timing to score at strike rate of 180. Bangladesh openers were scoring more runs in boundaries; however they were only 58 at the end of eighth over. This showed they were not rotating strike regularly.
South Africa got their breakthrough in the 9th over when Tamim edged it to Quinton de Kock giving Andile Phehlukwayo a wicket in his first over. Sarkar also followed suit in the twelfth over not able to cope with bouncer from Chris Morris. Then two experienced players Shakib and Rahim took control of the game with regular rotation of strike and occasional boundaries. The Proteas were also to blame as they kept on leaking runs, not able to maintain time and length. Mahmudullah’s cameo in the last two overs propelled team score to a commanding 330.
Proteas’ long batting line-up, with Morris coming at No:8, meant they were capable of chasing big scores. Openers’ cautious approach to build big inning went in vain as miscommunication cost de Kock’s run out for 23 off 32 balls. Du Plesis played some lovely cover drives to keep the run-rate at check. By drinks break, they were 97 for 1 in the eighteenth over. As we have witnessed in the past, drinks break brings about a loss of wicket. Shakib scapled Aiden Markram for 45 off 56, in the twentieth over bringing his tally of wickets to 250 in ODI.
Loss of concentration or greed brought about the fall of captain Du Plessis. Trying to slog the ball out of the park off a flighted delivery from Mehidy Hasan, he failed to reach the pitch of the ball and lost his timber. David Miller, Rassie Van der Dussen and JP Duminy all chipped in with scores of 38, 41 and 45 respectively. In the absence of Hashim Amla, someone needed to step up and stay till the end. However, Bangladesh took wickets at regular intervals. As Du Plesis said later, by the forty fifth over, Proteas were on level with the Bangladeshi score, however they lost many wickets and lacked the finishing touch to cross the line.