South Africa Vs Bangladesh: Shakib-al-hasan & Mustafizur gift-wraps Proteas their second defeat of the Tournament
June 2, 2019
ICC CWC 2019 | Match 5 | South Africa Vs Bangladesh | Post-match Analysis
South Africa’s frustration continued at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 as they suffered their second loss, going down to Bangladesh by 21 runs at The Oval on Sunday (June 2). Set 331 and the highest chase in a World Cup game ahead of them, South Africa never really threatened to bag the game even though they got close and ended with 21 runs short.
South Africa opted to bowl and were put under pressure by the openers Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar. Both the openers scored briskly against the pacers as they raced past 50 in eight overs. This wasn’t enough for the proteas that Lungi Ngidi pulled out a left hamstring injury after bowling just four overs for 34 and was out off the field. However, short balls consumed both openers as Andile Phehlukwayo dismissed Tamim Iqbal (16) and Chris Morris had Soumya Sarkar (42) caught behind.
Imran Tahir made crucial strikes to keep Bangladesh in check. Shakib was bowled by the legspinner for 75 and then dismissed Mohammad Mithun, who had scored run-a-ball 21. The crucial wicket of Rahim (78) in the 43rd over gave South Africa a chance to pull things back only for the fielding to let them down.
Mahmudullah was dropped when he was on 11 when Bangladesh were on 280 and ended with an unbeaten 33-ball 46. Since the drop, Bangladesh scored 54 in 24 balls as the Mahmudullah-Mosaddek Hossain gave the side a big finish with a 66-run stand off 41 balls and streching the total to a 330/6.
Chasing a mammoth total of 331, Quinton De Kock and Aiden Markrem walked out to open. They stretched 49 runs partnership before De Kock (23) got run-out due to terrible mix-up.The run out saw du Plessis coming out at No. 3 with the pressure mounting. Markram (45) made steady progress before he was bowled by Shakib in the 20th over.
The biggest blow, however, came in the 27th as Du Plessis was bowled by Mehidy Hasan. The South Africa captain had cruised to 62 off 53 but in a moment of madness charged down the track to a flat one and was bowled after being defeated by the turn. Rassie van der Dussen made up for his slow start and ended with 41 off 38 but he fell trying to up the ante.
South Africa needed 103 in the last ten overs but the finishers – JP Duminy (45) , Phehlukwayo (8) and Chris Morris (10) – weren’t able to pull off a late heist. Duminy, however, produced some late hits to entertain the small pockets of South African fans who were on the day easily outnumbered where they ended with 309/8. Mustafizur was the pick of the bowler as he got 3 wickets, Saifuddin got 2, whereas Mehidy Hasan & Shakib-al-hasan got 1 wicket each.
In the 35.1th over of Mustafizur, when SA were 202, David Miller Looking to close the face of the bat, gets the outside edge of the bat and the ball lobs to Mehidy Hasan at point. South Africa’s chase gets trickier. this was the moment that changed the momentum for Proteas.
Never has Mustafizur Rahman has picked three wickets in an ODI and lost. Today was no different.
Star player of the match
Bangladesh’s pillars – Shakib al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim – stood up and guided the side to 330 for 6. Both batsmen missed out on their centuries but did well to set up Bangladesh’s highest ever ODI total. But more importantly Shakib came up with the ball getting 2 wickets as well.
Brief scores: Bangladesh 330/6 in 50 overs (Mushfiqur Rahim 78; Andile Phehlukwayo 2-52) beat South Africa 309/8 in 50 overs (Faf du Plessis 62; Mustafizur Rahim 3-67) by 21 runs.
Records & Stats
Mashrafe Mortaza: Most wins as Bangladesh captain in World Cups
Mashrafe Mortaza: 4 of 6
Shakib-al-Hasan: 3 of 7
Habibul Bashar: 3 of 9
Aminul Islam: 2 of 5
Khaled Mashud: 0 of 6
Where team stands
This is yet another confirmation of a minnow turning bully, bullying a side who’s a little too used to being bullied come the World Cup.
Bangladesh began their world cup campaign with a 21-run win. South Africa were handed their second loss on the bounce while Bangladesh became the first Asian team to register a win in this world cup. Bangladesh is gonna party all night for this exciting victory over South Africa. Gloomy but early days for Faf du Plessis’s men. Next match of SA is against India on 5th of june. So it’s England Vs Pakistan on 3rd June at the Trent Bridge, Nottingham, untill then seeyaaa!