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Disciplined Bangladesh Puts Up A Brilliant Show Against The Mighty Proteas

Bangladesh opened their World Cup 2019 in a ravishing manner, registering a staggering 21-run victory over the mighty Proteas at The Oval. In the fifth match of the tournament, the Mashrafe Mortaza-led team posted a daunting first innings total on the back of brilliant knocks from Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan. In the second innings, the Bangladesh bowlers displayed sensational clinical efforts to restrict the South African team and in turn powered their team to a splendid win.

Shakib and Rahim’s fabulous partnership takes Bangladesh to 330

After losing the toss and being asked to bat first, the two Bangladeshi openers, Soumya Sarkar and Tamim Iqbal got their team off to a great start. The duo added a fine opening stand of 60 runs before Tamim got dismissed by Andile Phehlukwayo in the 9th over. Sarkar also threw away his wicket and followed his way back to the pavilion, failing to convert his start of 42 runs. The pair of Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim then joined hands to resurrect the Bangladesh innings in the middle-overs stage.

Shakib and Rahim stitched a remarkable partnership of 142 runs for the third wicket and this was Bangladesh’s highest stand in World Cup matches. Rahim played a fabulous innings of 78 runs off 80 balls and Shakib also batted really well for his fine 75-run knock.  Towards the end, Mahmudullah contributed with a brilliant unbeaten cameo of 46 runs to propel his team to a daunting total of 330 runs. For South Africa, Imran Tahir and Phehlukwayo finished with two wickets each.

Bangladeshi bowlers collective efforts halts South Africa’s progress

Defending a target of 331 runs, the Bangladeshi bowlers, Mustafizur Rahman and Mehidy Hasan started nicely with the new ball and kept both the Proteas openers, Quinton de Kock and Aiden Markram, silent in the opening overs. They kept on building the pressure by ringing in dot deliveries and this forced de Kock to become the first breakthrough in the 10th over in the form of a run-out dismissal. The duo of Markram and skipper Faf du Plessis then resurrected the innings with a fine partnership of 53 runs before the former got bowled out by Shakib.

Even after Markram’s dismissal, du Plessis kept playing his natural game on the other end, notching up an excellent half-century. Bangladesh off-spinner Mehidy Hasan then bowled a beautiful delivery to get the better of the Proteas skipper and in turn brought a massive moment in the game. The pair of David Miller and Rassie van der Hussain tried to do some sort of recovery, but the required run-rate increased quite significantly during this process and this forced the batsmen to play some risky shots.

Both Miller and van der Dussen got out while attempting to up the ante as the Bangladeshi side bowled pretty well in pairs to pile up the pressure. Mustafizur bowled really well in the final few overs and picked up the crucial wickets of JP Duminy and Chris Morris. South Africa managed 309/8 in their quota of 50 overs. For Bangladesh, Mustafizur was the pick of the bowlers as he finished with three wickets to his name, while Saifuddin claimed two vital scalps as well.

Brief Scores

Bangladesh: 330/6 in 50 overs (Mushfiqur Rahim-78, Shakib Al Hasan-75; Andile Phehlukwayo 2/52)

South Africa: 309/8 in 50 overs (Faf du Plessis-62, JP Duminy-45; Mustafizur Rahman 3/67, Mohammad Saifuddin 2/57)

Result: Bangladesh won the match by 21 runs.