South Africa’s suffered their second loss at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, going down to Bangladesh by 21 runs at The Oval on Sunday. Bangladesh posted 331 and the highest chase in a World Cup game ahead of them, South Africa tried and they get close but ended with 309 for 8.
Bangladesh’s highest-ever ODI total by the help of Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim before a great bowling performance helped them record their second win over South Africa in a World Cup. South Africa lacked intensity on the field and added pressure for the team because of the injury to Lungi Ngidi – who walked away after bowling just four overs because of a left hamstring issue.
It was the fifth ball of the seventh over where we can witness South Africa’s frustration on the field. Tamim Iqbal had defended the ball back to the bowler where Ngidi did an unnecessary throw which deflected off the bat and went to third man. Earlier in the over, Soumya Sarkar had dispatched the pacer wide of mid-on with two front-foot pulls. Ngidi wanted to made a statement with his aggressive gesture but the statement had already been made by the Bangladesh openers as they send it back without any hesitation. As things would pan out, Tamim, who had adopted the go-slow approach, pulled the final ball of the over for four and changed gears to put South Africa under more pressure.
Bangladesh scored 50 runs inside eight overs and the early assault lower the confidence of the whole South African bowling unit. The two premier pacers – Kagiso Rabada and Ngidi – were driven with ease as both openers settled down quickly. However, short balls also consumed both batsmen as they fell to Andile Phehlukwayo and Chris Morris.
After ten overs, Bangladesh were 65 for 2 with two of their most experienced players at the crease. Shakib and Rahim scored 142 for the third wicket in the next 23.3 overs and laid the platform for the finishers to capitalise. Lack of wickets in the middle overs meant South Africa failed to contain the runs towards the end. Sloppy fielding too helped their opposition while the bowlers lacked ideas and any sort of direction.
Both Shakib and Rahim did well to put Imran Tahir under pressure but the leg spinner playing his 100th ODI – bounced back to bag two. Tahir also helped South Africa pull things back just a bit with the wicket of Shakib and Mohammad Mithun but dropped catches costed a lot for Proteas. Mahmudullah, who was dropped on 11 with the score on 280, ended with 46 off 33. South Africa were squeezed in the field and the pressure showed. Mahmudullah’s drop resulted in 54 runs being scored in the last four – and that’s where the match changed.
Quinton de Kock and Aiden Markram’s decent start too didn’t help South Africa as Bangladesh continued to stay top in the game. De Kock was dismissed with 49 as he charged out with the ball within Rahim’s reach. The run out saw du Plessis coming out at No. 3 with the pressure mounting. Markram 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 scored 62 off 53, he 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.
South Africa needed 103 in the last ten overs but the finishers – JP Duminy, Phehlukwayo and Chris Morris – weren’t able to pull off a late heist. Duminy, however, produced some late hits to entertain the South African fans who were on the day easily outnumbered. They posted 309 in 50 overs and lose the game by 21 runs.