Bangladesh start World Cup with South Africa win
- Author: Lawrence Cooper Jun 04, 2019,
Jun 04, 2019, 0:43
South Africa captain Faf du Plessis won the toss and fielded, but his decision backfired badly as Bangladesh put his lethargic bowling attack to the sword. POINTS TABLE That setback came hot on the heels of their 104-run thrashing by England, leaving South Africa with no margin for error in the 10-team competition. After World Cup 2019, India will face South Africa in the Freedom Trophy starting September 15.
Ngidi bowled only four overs against Bangladesh and walked back to the dressing room after the conclusion of the seventh over.
With the total on 49, Quinton de Kock - their most talented batsman now that AB de Villiers has quit worldwide cricket - was dropped by wicketkeeper Mushfiqur.
De Kock was run out for 23 after being rashly called for a single by Markram, whose partner's edge was fumbled by Mushfiqur before the wicket-keeper recovered to throw out the opener.
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Bangladesh then restricted South Africa to 309 for eight with fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman taking three wickets. Du Plessis and Markram in fact just looked at each other in bemusement when the ball went past them in the slip cordon. "All formats of our game aren't firing".
Mahmudullah's boisterous 46 not out from 33 balls pushed Bangladesh past their previous highest one-day global total of 329 for six against Pakistan in 2015.
While the former West Indies head coach admitted the loss to Bangladesh, for only the fourth time in 21 ODIs against them, had been a shock, he said the team could not dwell on it and had to focus their energies on an improved showing against mighty India in Southampton on Wednesday.
South Africa got carried away with the short ball - the recipe for success so far in this tournament - but Bangladesh were equal to the task, hitting 37 fours and three sixes.