Bangladesh got off to a flying start to the 2019 Cricket World Cup by beating South Africa by 21 runs in a game played at The Oval on Sunday. Mashrafe Mortaza and co. delivered batting performance and posted 330 runs, courtesy splendid half-centuries from Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim. Mahmudullah chipped in with quick-fire cameo to see Bangladesh post a mammoth score on the board.
Chasing 330 runs to win, Quinton de Kock and Aiden Markram got the side off to a decent start and added 49 runs for the opening wicket. De Kock was run-out for 23 runs after a terrible mix-up with Markram in the 10th over of the innings.
Captain Faf du Plessis came to the crease and added 53 runs with Markram to help South Africa bring up their 100 runs in the 20th over.
All-rounder Shakib came into the attack and dismissed Markram with a well flighted delivery to see South Africa lose their second wicket with 102 runs on the board. With this wicket, Shakib became the fifth player to score 5,000 runs and take 250 wickets in limited-overs cricket.
Du Plessis brought up his half-century with a six off the bowling of Mosaddek Hossain. Off-spinner Mehidy Hasan Miraaz dismissed him to see South Africa lose their third wicket in 27th over. David Miller had a shaky start to his innings as he was dropped twice by Bangladeshi fielders.
Shakib Al Hasan delivered a splendid performance with the bat and ball to help Bangladesh pull off an amazing win over South Africa at The Oval.
Left-hander formed 55-run partnership with Rassie van der Dussen to keep South Africa hopes alive of a possible victory. Mustafizur Rahman came in and bowled well to dismiss Miller for 38 runs.
Rassie van Der Dussen and JP Duminy chipped in with decent scores but in the end it wasn’t enough as South Africa fell 21 runs short of the target.
Earlier in the day, South Africa won the toss and opted to bowl first on a placid surface. The decision backfired completely as Bangladesh scored quickly due to splendid performances from Mushfiqur Rahim, Soumya Sarkar and Shakib Al Hasan.
The experienced duo of Shakib and Rahim put on a 142-run partnership to see Bangladesh placed in a strong position to post a mammoth score on the board. Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah Riyad and Mosaddek Hossain chipped in with crucial cameos to see Bangladesh post 330 for 6 in their 50 overs.
With this defeat, South Africa will face uphill as they take India in their third game that will be played at The Rose Bowl in Southampton.