ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Bangla Tiger roar as South Africa fade
All-round Bangladesh register a well-deserving 21-run win over perennial underachievers South Africa
London: South Africa suffered a mighty blow to their Cricket World Cup campaign as they were upset by a spirited Bangladesh side by 21 runs at the Oval here on Sunday.
Chasing a stiff target of 331 runs to win, South Africa lost wickets at the regular intervals and never really mounted a serious challenge. This is a serious dent to South Africa’s title aspirations after back-to-back losses in their opening two matches. If this was not enough, the Proteas face a serious challenge against World Cup favourites India at Southampton on Wednesday.
Sensational batting display
Earlier, Mushfiqur top-scored for Bangladesh, hitting 78 off 80 while Shakib scored 75 before a late blitz from lower middle-order pushed them to a challenging total.
The foundation for their record-breaking total was set early one with the opening pair, led by Soumya Sarkar (42) and Tamim Iqbal providing a rocket start after being put in to bat by South Africa captain Faf du Plessis.
They were watchful initially before Sarkar broke the shackles with three fours in an over of Kagiso Rabada. They added a quick 60 runs between them before Andile Phehlukwayo provided the breakthrough, removing Tamim on 16.
Chris Morris then put a stop to Sarkar’s aggressive knock in his first over thanks to a diving catch from wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock. From there on, it was one-way traffic as the pair of Shakib and Mushfiqur punished South Africa, who had an uncharacteristically off-day on the field.
SA’s problems were compounded by an injury concern to Lungi Ngidi who bowled just four wicketless overs in which he leaked 34 runs.
Ngidi doubt vs India
South Africa’s injury list grew as Lungi Ngidi, the young pace bowler, limped off the field against Bangladesh with hamstring trouble.
Ngidi, who went for 34 runs in his four overs on the morning of Sunday walked back to the dressing room at the conclusion of the seventh over of the match.
It was later confirmed that he would not take the ball again for the rest of the game and had been ruled out of the match with, according to the commentary team, concern about his left hamstring.
Bangladesh Innings: Tamim Iqbal c de Kock b Phehlukwayo 16 (29b, 2x4), Soumya Sarkar c de Kock b Morris 42 (30b, 9x4), Shakib Al Hasan b Imran Tahir 75 (84b, 8x4, 1x6), Mushfiqur Rahim c van der Dussen b Phehlukwayo 78 (80b, 8x4), Mohammad Mithun b Imran Tahir 21 (21b, 2x4, 1x6), Mahmudullah not out 46 (33b, 3x4), Mosaddek Hossain c Phehlukwayo b Morris 26 (20b, 4x4), Mehidy Hasan not out 5 (3b, 1x4).
Extras: 21 (lb 9, w 12). Total: 330/6.
Fall of wickets: 1-60, 2-75, 3-217, 4-242, 5-250, 6-316.
Bowling: Lunghi Ngidi 4-0-34-0, Kagiso Rabada 10-0-57-0, Andile Phehlukwayo 10-1-52-2, Chris Morris 10-0-73-2, Aiden Markram 5-0-38-0, Imran Tahir 10-0-57-2, JP Duminy 1-0-10-0.
South Africa Innings: Quinton de Kock run out (Mushfiqur Rahim) 23 (32b, 4x4), Aiden Markram b Shakib Al Hasan 45 (56b, 4x4), Faf du Plessis b Mehidy Hasan 62 (53b, 5x4, 1x6), David Miller c Mehidy Hasan Miraz b Mustafizur Rahman 38 (43b, 2x4), Rassie van der Dussen b Mohammad Saifuddin 41 (38b, 2x4, 1x6), JP Duminy b Mustafizur Rahman 45 (37b, 4x4), Andile Phehlukwayo c Shakib Al Hasan b Mohammad Saifuddin 8 (13b, 1x4), Chris Morris c Soumya Sarkar b Mustafizur Rahman 10 (10b, 1x4), Kagiso Rabada not out 13 (9b, 1x6), Imran Tahir not out 10 (10b).
Extras: 14 (b 4, nb 1, w 9). Total: 209/8.
Fall of wickets: 1-49, 2-102, 3-147, 4-202, 5-228, 6-252, 7-275, 8-287.
Bowling: Mustafizur Rahman 10-0-67-3, Mehidy Hasan 10-0-44-1, Mohammad Saifuddin 8-1-57-2, Shakib Al Hasan 10-0-50-1, Mashrafe Mortaza 6-0-49-0, Mosaddek Hossain 6-0-38-0.