Bangladesh team launched its World Cup 2019 campaign on a stylish note, putting on a daunting total of 330 runs on the scoreboard in their opening game of the tournament against South Africa at the Kennington Oval in London. The senior batsmen duo comprising of Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim batted extremely well to stitch the highest partnership in World Cup matches for the Tigers. Towards the end, Mahmudullah contributed with an amazing unbeaten innings to help his team cross the 300-run barrier.
South African captain Faf du Plessis won the toss and opted to field first as he wanted to attack the Bangladeshis in the first 15 overs with his pace bowlers. However, his plans took a complete u-turn as the two Bangladesh openers, Soumya Sarkar and Tamim Iqbal came out in a dazzling mood, racking up a half-century stand in just 7 overs. Both of them especially Sarkar played some crisp shots in all parts of the ground and frustrated the South African fast bowlers in their opening spells. Seam bowling all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo then provided the Proteas with the first breakthrough in the form of Tamim’s wicket and ended the 60-run partnership as well.
Shakib and Rahim smash vital half-centuries
Sarkar also got out after a gap of two overs for a 30-ball 42 as keeper Quinton de Kock took a brilliant catch behind the wickets off a delivery bowled by Chris Morris. After the dismissal of the two openers, the duo of Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim took the charge of resurrecting the Bangladeshi innings. Both the senior batsmen batted extremely well and showed great composure to keep the South African bowling attack at bay in the middle-overs.
The pair of Shakib and Mushfiqur stitched a fabulous partnership of 142 runs for the third wicket before the former got dismissed by leg-spinner Imran Tahir in the 36th over. This 142-run stand is also Bangladesh’s highest partnership for any wicket in World Cup matches. Shakib played a fabulous knock of 75 runs that included of eight fours and one six.
Mahmudullah and Mosaddek combine together to provide a solid finish
The all-rounder’s dismissal provided the South African with an opening as the pair of Mohammad Mithun and Rahim also got out pretty quickly. Mithun was dismissed for a run-a-ball 21, while Rahim played extremely well for his fine 78-run innings. Towards the end, Mahmudullah and Mosaddek Hossain joined hands for a vital partnership of 66 runs to guide Bangladesh to a commanding total of 330 runs in their quota of 50 overs. Mahmudullah remained unbeaten till the end for a blazing 33-ball 46. The South African bowlers didn’t had the best of outings as except of Tahir and Phehlukwayo, the others leaked too many runs. The duo bowled well to pick up two wickets each.
Bangladesh 330/6 in 50 overs (Mushfiqur Rahim-78, Shakib Al Hasan-75, Mahmudullah-46*; Andile Phehlukwayo 2/52, Imran Tahir 2/57) vs South Africa.