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South Africa VS Bangladesh, T20 World Cup 2024 Match 21 – FULL SCORECARD, COMMENTARY, SQUAD

South Africa beat Bangladesh by 4 runs
02
nd Innings Bangladesh
South Africa have 6 points in the bag and have a foot in the door for the next round. Bangladesh will be really disappointed as they have let it slip off their palms. Now, with just two points for them, the group D gets more interesting. That is all from this match. The next match is from Group C as Pakistan will take on Canada at the same venue. That game will begin on Tuesday, the 11th of June at 8 pm IST (2.30 pm GMT). You can however join us early for the build-up. Till then, goodbye and cheers!
Aiden Markram, the captain of South Africa says that everyone was going to be pretty nervous in this sort of a final over finish and sometimes you get over the line and sometimes you don't but it makes for great entertainment. On his crucial catch, he says that it was a matter of a meter or two and reckons they got a bit lucky at times and on Maharaj bowling the final over, he says that it depends on the situation and the pacers had to bowl the earlier overs. Adds that the partnership between David Miller and Heinrich Klaasen and is happy to see them doing well at crucial times.
Najmul Hossain Shanto, the captin of Bangladesh says they were nervous but they were hopeful that Jaker Ali will help win the match but this things happen in cicket. Feels they should have won the match but tells South Africa bowled well in the last couple of overs. Mentions Rishad Hossain is very good, he works hard and is showing his skills, says they are lucky to have him.
Heinrich Klaasen is the Player of the Match for his gritty batting performance. Klaasen starts by saying that it feels good that the boys got over the line. Adds that the wicket isn't great for stroke-play but they had good information from David Miller about the wicket from the last game and managed to put on a decent total. Mentions he and Miller had a One-Day mindset and wanted to shift gears after the 15th over which unfortunately didn't happen. Ends by saying that they have got three games out of the way, winning all of them and will now look forward to the next stage.
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South Africa have virutally registered their names in the Super Eight but by no means they have played their best cricket yet. They have had to be really clutch in all three matches. Today as well, they registered a very low total as the batters failed yet again. South Africa were 23/4 but then came the match-winning partnership between David Miller and Heinrich Klaasen. The duo added 79 runs but South Africa failed to get the required finish in the fag end of the innings. However, the bowlers stepped up, kept chipping in with wickets regularly and it was in the last couple of overs where they really showed the grit to get the two points. Keshav Maharaj, in particularly showed his experience in the final over.
Aiden Markram took a huge, huge gamble by batting first on a slow, soft pitch! He did talked about how difficult it is to chase down totals and how important are the last 10 overs in the game. The Proteas bowlers showed a lot of character to defend such a lot total. However, it was not easy going for them when Towhid Hridoy and Mahmudullah were batting. Bangladesh were reeling at 50/4 at one stage and were in similar position to South Africa however, Towhid Hridoy and Mahmudullah came to the rescue and put on a solid stand of 44 runs before Hridoy was dismissed. Bangladesh still had Mahmudullah out there and they bet on him to chase it down. Mahmudullah, in the back of his mind made the decision to target Keshav Maharaj in the final over but his plan got wasted as he hammered a low full toss in the hands of Markram. He fell and the onus was on Jaker Ali but he too failed to hit the winning runs.
The Streak remains intact! It's 9-0 to South Africa in T20s and Bangladesh have to wait a little longer to get better of the Proteas. We have witnessed yet another low-scoring thriller in this year's World Cup. South Africa have successful defended their lowest total. How were the nerves there by Keshav Maharaj? Bowling the final over with just over 10 runs to play with, he did get away with a few full tosses but Maharaj was just good enough to get things done for his team.
19.6
1
Keshav Maharaj to Taskin Ahmed, Is that a no ball for height? No, it is fine and SOUTH AFRICA HAVE DONE IT! Keshav Maharaj lets slip of another delivery and ends up serving a very high full toss that angles quickly across the left-hander. The trajectory made it difficult to put away and Taskin Ahmed ends up slicing it away over the cover region for a single. The height is just about fine and South Africa have won by 4 runs and remain unbeaten in Men's T20Is against Bangladesh!
SIX RUNS NEEDED IN ONE DELIVERY! Taskin Ahmed walks out. Can he be the hero for Bangladesh?
19.5
W
Keshav Maharaj to Mahmudullah, OUT! CAUGHT! OH, WOW! That is some catch under pressure from the Proteas skipper but Mahmudullah will be livid with himself to have not got that one over the ropes. Keshav Maharaj serves a juciy full toss right on middle stump, Mahmudullah gets under it and lifts it high. The ball goes a mile up but doesn't quite have the legs on it. Markram moves to his left from long on and takes it inches inside the ropes on the run and over his shoulder as well. What a moment and that could be the knockout blow for Bangladesh.
19.4
1
Keshav Maharaj to Rishad Hossain, NOT OUT! It will be just a leg bye and now 6 runs are needed off 2 balls. Keshav Maharaj spears the ball in full and around off stump. Rishad Hossain goes well across to the off side trying to slog it away but misses and gets struck on the pads. The ball rolls away behind point and they scamper for a leg bye. There was a huge appeal for LBW but it was turned down and South Africa did take the review. Nothing on UltraEdge and the impact is outside the line of off stump.
South Africa have taken an LBW appeal upstairs. No bat on it. Ball Tracking shows the impact is outside the line. Mahmudullah is on the strike now. Bangladesh one hit away.
Huge moment in the game. Rishad Hossain comes in and will be on the strike. 7 runs needed in 3 balls.
19.3
W
Keshav Maharaj to Jaker Ali, OUT! CAUGHT! Keshav Maharaj with a body blow to Bangladesh and not only is it a wicket but the new man will be on strike as well with Mahmudullah stranded at the other end. Maharaj flights the ball up and drifts it onto middle and leg, Jaker Ali skips down the pitch and looks to lift it over long on but doesn't quite get to the pitch of the ball and finds the fielder in the deep. Aiden Markram pouches it safely.
19.2
2
Keshav Maharaj to Jaker Ali, Poor cricket all-round! Keshav Maharaj with a full toss on the stumps, begging to be hit, Jaker Ali goes too hard at it and toe-ends it straight down the ground. The batters push for two but it isn't quite on as the fielder from tidies up but the throw at the bowler's end is wide and they do get the second run.
19.1
1
Keshav Maharaj to Mahmudullah, Quite quick and a bit short around off, Mahmudullah backs away to cut but gets an inside edge past the stumps and past Quinton de Kock as well for a single at short fine leg.
19.1
1
Keshav Maharaj to Mahmudullah, WIDE! Oh, the pressure! Tries to fire it in but spills it down the leg side and even Quinton de Kock spills it but they won't get the additional single.
Bangladesh need 11 runs from 6 balls. Keshav Maharaj has one over left. It could be a gamble but Aiden Markram has no other options left. Maharaj is having a chat with Markram.
18.6
2
Ottneil Baartman to Jaker Ali, Jaker Ali mistimes another one but gets it in the gap and picks up a couple of crucial runs. Banged in a bit by Ottneil Baartman and at the batter, Ali gets rushed and just about manages to pull it away through mid-wicket for a brace. Baartman has done well here, just 7 off that over and Bangladesh now need 11 off the final over.
18.5
1
Ottneil Baartman to Mahmudullah, That should have been put away and Ottneil Baartman will feel he's got away with one there. A bit slower and floated up on the legs, Mahmudullah comes forward and flicks it away but straight on the bounce to short fine leg. Only a single then.
18.4
1
Ottneil Baartman to Jaker Ali, Full again and around off stump, Jaker Ali hangs deep in the crease and drags the attempted heave square through the leg side and gets just a single.
18.3
2
Ottneil Baartman to Jaker Ali, This time, they do get two runs! Fuller in length and angling it into the leg stump, Jaker Ali stays leg side of the ball and miscues the heave through the vacant mid-wicket region and races back for the second run.
18.2
1
Ottneil Baartman to Mahmudullah, Just the single, South Africa won't mind that at all. This is bowled short of a length and at the body, Mahmudullah drops it into the vacant space at mid-wicket and wants two but the bowler, Ottneil Baartman is quick to chase it down and keeps it down to a single.
18.1
Ottneil Baartman to Mahmudullah, Swing and a miss! Full and wide outside the off stump, Mahmudullah skips down the track and looks to loft it over covers but misses it completely.
17.6
1
Kagiso Rabada to Mahmudullah, Mahmudullah will keep the strike but just 2 runs come off that over for Bangladesh. Pitched up around middle and angling in, Mahmudullah drives it on the front foot but off the inner half of the bat and down to long on for one. 18 needed off the last 2 overs.
17.5
1
Kagiso Rabada to Jaker Ali, Risky single but they get it. Full and around off, a bit in the slot too, Jaker Ali can't get under it and smahses it just to the left of mid off before scampering across for one.
17.4
Kagiso Rabada to Jaker Ali, The dots just keep on coming and the pressure is immense on the new batter. KG goes full and straight, Jaker Ali pushes it out to mid on and they look for a single but won't get it.
17.3
Kagiso Rabada to Jaker Ali, Another precious dot ball! Back of a length and outside off stump, Jaker Ali plays it nicely off the back foot but hits it straight to the man at point again.
17.2
Kagiso Rabada to Jaker Ali, On the fuller side and pushed wider of the off stump, Jaker Ali reaches out and tries to squeeze it away but can't beat the man at point to his left.
Jaker Ali comes in next.
17.1
W
Kagiso Rabada to Towhid Hridoy, OUT! LBW! Another appeal, not sure you can even call that an appeal but the finger goes up. Towhid Hridoy does review it right away though. Kagiso Rabada comes in from over the stumps and pitches it short of a good length around middle and angles it in. Hridoy misses the clip off the legs and the ball goes of the pads to mid-wicket as the batters scamper through. Nothing on UltraEdge but Ball Tracking shows that it would have clipped the leg stump and it stays OUT on Umpire's call. What a big breakthrough this from Rabaa and Hridoy is absolutely distraught.
16.6
Ottneil Baartman to Mahmudullah, Gets it perfect this time! Full and right in the blockhole around off stump, Mahmudullah can only jam it back out to the bowler. 20 needed now off 18 balls.
16.5
1
Ottneil Baartman to Towhid Hridoy, Fuller this time and on middle and leg, Towhid Hridoy clips it away in front of square leg for a single.
16.4
4
Ottneil Baartman to Towhid Hridoy, FOUR! Smashed away and Towhid Hridoy is playing a decisive knock here. Hard length outside the off stump, too wide and Hridoy punishes the width by hammering it away through the cover region for a boundary.
16.3
1
Ottneil Baartman to Mahmudullah, Nails the yorker on middle stump, Mahmudullah manages to jam it out through mid on for a single.
16.2
Ottneil Baartman to Mahmudullah, A huge appeal and it's given! Ottneil Baartman goes full and quick at the pads, Mahmudullah walks right across the stumps to flick but misses. The ball deflects off the pads and rolls down to fine leg but the finger goes up. Mahmudullah does review it and Ball Tracking shows that it is missing the leg stump. Bangladesh will feel they could have got four leg byes had the finger not gone up but that's part of the game.
16.1
1
Ottneil Baartman to Towhid Hridoy, On a good length around middle and angling in, Towhid Hridoy nudges it away in front of mid-wicket and picks up a quick single.
15.6
Anrich Nortje to Mahmudullah, Anrich Nortje is done and these two batters have seen the back of him nicely too. Back of a length and outside off, Mahmudullah tries to run it away down to third man for can't get it through.
15.6
1
Anrich Nortje to Mahmudullah, WIDE! Full and quick, trying to attack the pads but spills it down leg for a wide.
15.5
Anrich Nortje to Mahmudullah, Another golden dot ball! Banged in short over the stumps, Mahmudullah ducks under it.
15.4
Anrich Nortje to Mahmudullah, Dishses out the slower ball now, bowling it full and outside the off stump, Mahmudullah waits well and drives it away to the left of covers where the fielder makes a sharp stop.
15.3
1
Anrich Nortje to Towhid Hridoy, Back of a length and in the channel around off, Towhid Hridoy hops back and manages to angle it away down to third man for one more. These two really putting Bangladesh in pole position here.
15.2
1
Anrich Nortje to Mahmudullah, Fats and a bit full as well around off stump, Mahmudullah presses backi and dabs it away behind the point region for another easy single.
15.1
1
Anrich Nortje to Towhid Hridoy, Pitched up in and around the off stump, Towhid Hridoy plays it late and squeezes it past the point region for one.
14.6
1
Marco Jansen to Towhid Hridoy, One again! This is full and on leg, Towhid Hridoy nudges it to square leg and Marco Jansen runs across to keep it down to one. Bangladesh need 31 runs now in 30 balls.
14.5
1
Marco Jansen to Mahmudullah, Easy single! Bangladesh ae crusing through now! Not taking any risk! A length ball, around off, Mahmudullah nudges it to square leg and gets across.
14.4
1
Marco Jansen to Towhid Hridoy, Leg bye! Towhid Hridoy steps across, this is full and on middle and leg. Towhid Hridoy misses his flick and it rolls off the pads to square leg for a single.
14.3
4
Marco Jansen to Towhid Hridoy, FOUR! Such a good looking shot! Towhid Hridoy looks well set. Not a good sight for the Proteas. Overpitched on off, Towhid Hridoy leans and plays with a straight bat down past mid off and it races to the fence.
14.3
1
Marco Jansen to Towhid Hridoy, Wide! Bangs it short but the line is well down the leg side. Towhid Hridoy lets it go.
14.2
Marco Jansen to Towhid Hridoy, A good length ball on tp of off. Towhid Hridoy looks to punch across but plays off the inner half of the bat back to the bowler.
14.1
Marco Jansen to Towhid Hridoy, Marco Jansen starts with a fuller delivery, around off, Towhid Hridoy gets low and defends this out.
13.6
1
Keshav Maharaj to Towhid Hridoy, Flat and outside off, Towhid Hridoy slaps it to sweeper cover for a single.
13.5
Keshav Maharaj to Towhid Hridoy, Slower through the surface, full and on middle, Towhid Hridoy tucks it to square leg.
13.4
6
Keshav Maharaj to Towhid Hridoy, SIX! Towhid Hridoy has nailed this one. Very full and on middle, in the slot for Towhid Hridoy who slog-sweeps it over mid-wicket and it goes all the way for a biggie. Welcome boundary.
13.3
Keshav Maharaj to Towhid Hridoy, Turn on this one! Flatter delivery on middle and it spins away. Towhid Hridoy hangs back and plays it late to point.
13.2
Keshav Maharaj to Towhid Hridoy, Keshav Maharaj targets the pads now, a bit quicker now. Towhid Hridoy fails to flick it away.
13.1
Keshav Maharaj to Towhid Hridoy, Keshav Maharaj bowls it full and angles it on leg, Towhid Hridoy makes room and splices his shot to point.
12.6
1
Kagiso Rabada to Towhid Hridoy, 4 runs off the over! Shorter and on the hips, Towhid Hridoy helps it to fine leg for a single.
12.5
Kagiso Rabada to Towhid Hridoy, A good length ball, outside off, Towhid Hridoy presses forward and drops it in front of point for no run.
12.4
1
Kagiso Rabada to Mahmudullah, Another single as Mahmudullah works this full ball to square leg.
12.3
1
Kagiso Rabada to Towhid Hridoy, Things have eased down in the last three overs. South Africa need to come up with something. Length and on middle, Towhid Hridoy hits it to square leg for one.
12.2
1
Kagiso Rabada to Mahmudullah, Keeps it full and outside off, Mahmudullah plays it square off the wicket on the off side for a single.
12.1
Kagiso Rabada to Mahmudullah, Kagiso Rabada goes tad fuller and outside off, Mahmudullah checks his shot and chips it to mid off.
11.6
1
Anrich Nortje to Mahmudullah, On a length and on middle, Mahmudullah flicks it to deep square leg for a single.
11.5
4
Anrich Nortje to Mahmudullah, FOUR! DROPPED! The tall, Marco Jansen fails to hold on. Short of a length and around off, Mahmudullah bends back and opens the face of the bat in the last moment, dabs it to first slip where Marco Jansen tries to take over his head but the ball flashes through his hands and runs to the fence.
11.4
Anrich Nortje to Mahmudullah, Three dots in a row! A replay of the previous delivery! Length and on middle and off. Mahmudullah turns it to mid-wicket.
11.3
Anrich Nortje to Mahmudullah, Dot ball again! Simple from Anrich Nortje as he bowls it on a length and on middle, Mahmudullah nudges it to mid-wicket.
11.2
Anrich Nortje to Mahmudullah, Anrich Nortje targets the stumps, this is on middle, Mahmudullah tucks it to mid-wicket.
11.1
1
Anrich Nortje to Towhid Hridoy, Bowls the off-cutter, on a length and outside off, Towhid Hridoy hits it to mid off for a single.
11.1
1
Anrich Nortje to Towhid Hridoy, A good length ball, around off, Towhid Hridoy gets his front foot across and turns it to mid on. Hello! Anrich Nortje has overstepped. Free-hit next!
10.6
Ottneil Baartman to Mahmudullah, Nice and tidy from Ottneil Baartman to end the over. Fuller delivery on middle, Mahmudullah eases it to mid on.
10.5
2
Ottneil Baartman to Mahmudullah, Two more! A length ball, outside off, Mahmudullah taps it past backward point. The fielder from third man runs across and keeps it down to two.
10.4
4
Ottneil Baartman to Mahmudullah, FOUR! Edged away but Mahmudullah won't mind! Mahmudullah charges down and Ottneil Baartman surprises him with a bumper, outside off, Mahmudullah still flashes his blade and outside edges it fine to third man and it races away.
10.3
Ottneil Baartman to Mahmudullah, At 138kph! Serves it full and on middle, Mahmudullah eases it back to the bowler.
10.2
1
Ottneil Baartman to Towhid Hridoy, On middle, this is fuller, Towhid Hridoy flicks it to deep square leg for a single.
10.1
Ottneil Baartman to Towhid Hridoy, Ottneil Baartman bowls it full and outside off. Towhid Hridoy leans and drives but to covers. Half-a-stop there but no harms done.
DRINKS! Bangladesh are somewhat in similar position to what South Africa were. Bangladesh too are losing wickets regular and this is the last pair they could light-heartedly rely on. South Africa will be aware, if they get one of these two in next couple of wickets, they could then put heavy pressure on the lower batting order. A fascinating second half of the chase is coming up. Bangladesh need 64 runs in 60 balls.
9.6
Anrich Nortje to Mahmudullah, That was spicy as well! Another bumper, angled in at the body and Mahmudullah ducks under it as the ball flies over his back and goes just down the leg side. No wide called and that's the halfway mark in the chase as Bangladesh are 50 for 4.
Mahmudullah comes in next.
9.5
W
Anrich Nortje to Najmul Hossain Shanto, OUT! CAUGHT! Anrich Nortje has bounced another batter out. Steams in and digs it in short over middle stump at 146.4 clicks. The ball shoots up off the deck and once again, just like Shakib Al Hasan, Najmul Hossain Shanto is also hurried on the pull shot. Shanto miscues it badly and just on the leg side where skipper Aiden Markram comes in from mid-wicket and takes another dolly of a catch. Bangladesh are now four down.
9.4
1
Anrich Nortje to Towhid Hridoy, Does well there Towhid Hridoy. A well-directed bumper, right around the left-shoulder and at a brisk pace as well. Hridoy manages to angle it away and controls it just over backward square leg for a single.
9.3
Anrich Nortje to Towhid Hridoy, No single there either! Good, tight bowling this from Anrich Nortje. Hard length in the channel, Towhid Hridoy waits back and dabs it down in front of point.
9.2
Anrich Nortje to Towhid Hridoy, Keeps it a bit full and in and around that off stump line, Towhid Hridoy pushes it away to wide mid off.
9.1
Anrich Nortje to Towhid Hridoy, Edged but doesn't carry! The leg cutter from Anrich Nortje, fuller and outside off stump, Towhid Hridoy looks to get on the front foot and drive but gets an outside edge that falls well short of Marco Jansen at first slip.
8.6
Keshav Maharaj to Najmul Hossain Shanto, Nice and full around off stump, Najmul Hossain Shanto leans on and strokes it to the right of the bowler who gets to the ball quickly and saves the single.
8.5
1
Keshav Maharaj to Towhid Hridoy, Flatter again, slowed up this time on middle and leg. Towhid Hridoy plays it late and just nudges it past short leg for a single.
8.4
Keshav Maharaj to Towhid Hridoy, Pushed through at the stumps, Towhid Hridoy nudges it away towards mid-wicket.
8.3
2
Keshav Maharaj to Towhid Hridoy, Another overthrow! Flatter and quicker around off, Towhid Hridoy jams the ball down in front of point and scampers through for one. The fielder slides in throws it at the keeper's end but no one's there and Bangladesh get an extra run.
8.2
6
Keshav Maharaj to Towhid Hridoy, SIX! Clean strike from Towhid Hridoy. Drifted in full on middle and leg, Hridoy takes a few steps to the leg side and hits through the line of the ball, lofting it over long on for a maximum.
8.1
Keshav Maharaj to Towhid Hridoy, Beauty! Full and quick, turning sharply away from the off stump line. Towhid Hridoy is caught on the crease as the ball rips past the outside edge.
7.6
Anrich Nortje to Najmul Hossain Shanto, Short of a length and angled in at the body, Najmul Hossain Shanto manages to block it off.
7.5
3
Anrich Nortje to Towhid Hridoy, Buzzers! What seemed like a good fielding effort has ended costing South Africa a couple of extra runs. Back of a length and angled at the hips, Towhid Hridoy tucks it away down towards deep backward square leg for one and the batters contemplate for the second run and decide against it. The throw is a direct hit at the keeper's end and it deflects away, allowing them to get two bonus runs.
Towhid Hridoy is the new man in.
7.4
W
Anrich Nortje to Shakib Al Hasan, OUT! CAUGHT! Anrich Nortje picks up a wicket in his first over and that's a double whammy for South Africa. Nortje steams in from over the stumps and bangs it in short and quick at 146.6 clicks around off stump. Shakib Al Hasan looks to take it on and moves to the off side but gets rushed into the pull. Eventually, the ball goes nowhere and just pops up around short mid on and Aiden Markram takes the simplest of catches. Shakib's sluggish campaign continues.
7.3
1
Anrich Nortje to Najmul Hossain Shanto, Fractionally short again at 145-plus KPH and attacking the pads, Najmul Hossain Shanto flicks it down to fine leg and turns the strike over.
7.2
Anrich Nortje to Najmul Hossain Shanto, Just short of a good length, slanting it across from the leg stump line, Najmul Hossain Shanto stays watchful and blocks it late with soft hands.
7.1
1
Anrich Nortje to Shakib Al Hasan, Starts with a length delivery, hurling it at the pads at almost 144 clicks, Shakib Al Hasan tucks the ball away through the mid-wicket region and gets off strike.
Anrich Nortje is into the attack.
6.6
2
Keshav Maharaj to Najmul Hossain Shanto, Fuller one on the stumps, Najmul Hossain Shanto brings out the reverse sweep and nails it behind the man at point for a couple of easy runs.
6.5
1
Keshav Maharaj to Shakib Al Hasan, This is tossed up at the stumps, Shakib Al Hasan skips down the pitch and drills it down to long off for a run.
6.4
1
Keshav Maharaj to Najmul Hossain Shanto, Bowled flatter and on the pads, Najmul Hossain Shanto with the paddle sweep behind square leg for another single.
6.4
1
Keshav Maharaj to Najmul Hossain Shanto, WIDE! Turn there but the line was completely wrong. Shorter on leg stump and turning well down leg, left alone for a wide.
6.3
Keshav Maharaj to Najmul Hossain Shanto, Holds it back a touch and bowls it around off stump, Najmul Hossain Shanto leans forward and plays it back to the bowler.
6.2
1
Keshav Maharaj to Shakib Al Hasan, Off the mark right away! Floated up from over the stumps and angling down leg, Shakib Al Hasan sweeps it down to fine leg and picks up a single.
Shakib Al Hasan is the new man in.
6.1
W
Keshav Maharaj to Litton Das, OUT! CAUGHT! Gone first ball and Litton Das cannot believe it. Keshav Maharaj comes into the attack and begins from around the stumps, drifting it full onto middle and leg stump. Litton Das tries to back away and open up the off side but ends up smashing it straight to David Miller at short cover and he takes a sharp catch there. Soft dismisaal for Litton but South Africa will be ecstatic with that.
5.6
1
Kagiso Rabada to Litton Das, A streaky single to end the Powerplay and Bangladesh are 29/1! Pitched up around the off stump, Litton Das looks to get forward and drive it away but gets an inside edge past the stumps and towards fine leg for a run.
5.5
1
Kagiso Rabada to Najmul Hossain Shanto, Bowled from around the stumps and on a hard length outside off, Najmul Hossain Shanto taps the ball on the head and gets it away behind the man at backward point for a single.
5.4
Kagiso Rabada to Najmul Hossain Shanto, Just back of a length and angling it across the off stump, Najmul Hossain Shanto stays back and dabs it away with and angled bat to backward point.
5.3
1
Kagiso Rabada to Litton Das, Keeps bowling it on a hard length and at the stumps, Litton Das works it away in between mid on and mid-wicket for a single.
5.2
Kagiso Rabada to Litton Das, Kagiso Rabada hits the deck hard and angles it in from around off at over 140 clicks, Litton Das gets across to pick it up but misses and gets hit high on the pads.
5.1
2
Kagiso Rabada to Litton Das, Up in the air but over the infield! Pitched up around off, not quite coming onto the bat, Litton Das splices it away over the cover region and picks up a couple of runs.
4.6
Marco Jansen to Najmul Hossain Shanto, Touch fuller and outside off, steep bounce on this one. Najmul Hossain Shanto ducks and lets it go. Five runs off the over.
4.5
Marco Jansen to Najmul Hossain Shanto, Marco Jansen gives a bit of width, length and outside off. Najmul Hossain Shanto looks to punch but mistimes it back to Jansen.
4.4
1
Marco Jansen to Litton Das, A length ball on the pads. Das nudges it to square leg for a single.
4.3
4
Marco Jansen to Litton Das, FOUR! Respect the good balls, hit the bad ones away! Bangladesh have got it right so far. Short in length and on the hips. Das pulls it behind square leg and it bounces right in front of the ropes.
4.2
Marco Jansen to Litton Das, Ohh no! Not a good place to get hit! Short of a length and on middle. Das looks to pull but the ball stays low and gets hit on the box.
4.1
Marco Jansen to Litton Das, How close was that to the leg pole? Inches away! Quinton de Kock has his hands over his head. A length ball, around leg. Das makes room and swings but misses it.
3.6
Ottneil Baartman to Najmul Hossain Shanto, DOT AGAIN! Five dots after conceding a maximum! A hard length delivery on middle, Najmul Hossain Shanto defends on the front foot.
3.5
Ottneil Baartman to Najmul Hossain Shanto, Bowls it full and around off, Najmul Hossain Shanto crisply drives but again finds the man at mid off.
3.4
Ottneil Baartman to Najmul Hossain Shanto, CHANCE! Could have been a big blunder here! Too full and on off, Najmul Hossain Shanto taps it to the left of covers and calls for a quick single. Litton Das however is not sold for the run and denies it. Najmul Hossain Shanto turns and runs back to his crease.
3.3
Ottneil Baartman to Najmul Hossain Shanto, Very full and around off, Najmul Hossain Shanto drives it nicely but straight to the man at mid off.
3.2
Ottneil Baartman to Najmul Hossain Shanto, Tad fuller and around off, stays low a bit too as welll. Najmul Hossain Shanto gets on his knee to defend this one.
3.1
6
Ottneil Baartman to Najmul Hossain Shanto, SIX! FIrst six of the chase. Ottneil Baartman bowls it in the slot, full and on middle, Najmul Hossain Shanto shuffles across and steps out, hits it over long on and it goes all the way for a biggie.
2.6
Marco Jansen to Litton Das, A good length ball, outside off, Das hops and punches it to covers.
2.5
Marco Jansen to Litton Das, This is full and outside off, shapes away from the batter. Das looks to drive it away but misses.
2.5
1
Marco Jansen to Litton Das, WIDE! This time gets the wide call! Marco Jansen uses his height and bends his back to bow on the shorter side. Das shoulders arms to it for a wide.
2.4
Marco Jansen to Litton Das, Swing and a miss! Marco Jansen gets away with this one. Short in length and on leg, Das looks to pull but misses. Could and should have been a wide.
2.3
Marco Jansen to Litton Das, BEATEN! Lovely nut from Jansen! Bangs it hard in the deck, exracts some bounce off the surface as well. This is around off and Das stands tall to defend but misses.
2.2
3
Marco Jansen to Najmul Hossain Shanto, THREE RUNS! That's good running. Back of a length and on middle, Najmul Hossain Shanto pulls it through square leg. Slow outfield and Tristan Stubbs runs back and cuts it off. Three runs.
2.1
Marco Jansen to Najmul Hossain Shanto, Marco Jansen bowls it on a length and around off, jags back in. Najmul Hossain Shanto goes back and tucks it to square leg.
Litton Das walks in at number 3.
1.6
W
Kagiso Rabada to Tanzid Hasan, OUT! EDGED AND GONE! There was definetly a sound. Tanzid Hasan is not sure if he nicked it and walks across to his skipper and has a chat but Najmul Hossain Shanto too has heared a sound here. Tanzid Hasan has to go. Kagiso Rabada has the final laugh! Short in length and around off, hits the deck hard and bowls it just outside off. Tanzid Hasan looks to cut but gets a faint edge to the keeper who makes no mistake.
1.5
Kagiso Rabada to Tanzid Hasan, This one just nips back in, keeps it full and close to off. Tanzid Hasan adjusts quickly as he brings his bat down and plays it to point.
1.4
Kagiso Rabada to Tanzid Hasan, Tanzid Hasan is middling everything right now. Finds the fielder though! Touch fuller and outside off, Tanzid Hasan knocks it to mid off.
1.3
Kagiso Rabada to Tanzid Hasan, Better from KR! A hard length delivery and targets the off pole. Tanzid Hasan hangs back and blocks it out.
1.2
4
Kagiso Rabada to Tanzid Hasan, FOUR! Runs away to the fence once again! Width on offer for Tanzid Hasan, this is on a length and outside off. Tanzid Hasan strokes it to the right of point. The fielder from third man runs across but to no avail. Four more.
1.1
4
Kagiso Rabada to Tanzid Hasan, FOUR! Threads it through! Not a good start by Kagiso Rabada with the ball! Pitches it up, outside off, Tanzid Hasan leans and punches it through cover-point for a boundary.
Kagiso Rabada to operate from the other end.
0.6
Marco Jansen to Najmul Hossain Shanto, BEATEN! Good start by South Africa! Shapes in a length ball, outside off and it straightens up off the deck. Najmul Hossain Shanto half-heartedly looks to push at it but misses.
0.5
Marco Jansen to Najmul Hossain Shanto, Just short of a length and close to the off pole. Najmul Hossain Shanto hops and taps it on the up to point.
0.4
Marco Jansen to Najmul Hossain Shanto, Najmul Hossain Shanto misses out. A good length ball, outside off, shapes away after landing. Najmul Hossain Shanto has a tame poke at it but misses.
0.3
1
Marco Jansen to Tanzid Hasan, Bangladesh are underway! Finds a bit of swing again as this is full and on the pads. Hasan tickles it behind square on the leg side for a single.
0.2
Marco Jansen to Tanzid Hasan, Jansen steams in and fires it on a length and outside off, extra bounce on this one. Hasan shoulders arms once again. Quinton de Kock collects it well above his head.
0.1
Marco Jansen to Tanzid Hasan, Marco Jansen starts with a fuller delivery, outside off and makes it to swing away. Tanzid Hasan shoulders arms to it.
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We are back for the run chase! The umpires are back out in the middle and so are the players of South Africa who huddle-up before taking their places on the field. It will be the duo of Tanzid Hasan and skipper Najmul Hossain Shanto who will open the innings for Bangladesh. Marco Jansen will get proceedings underway with the ball. Let's play…
… The Run Chase …
Overall, Bangladesh will be mighty pleased with that bowling display as their pacers rose to the occasion and did some serious damage to the opposition. Tanzim Hasan Sakib bowled three overs upfront and got a wicket each in those overs and Taskin Ahmed too picked up one wicket. Surprisingly, their frontline spinners were off colour and Shakib Al Hasan bowled just the one over with Rishad Hossain going for plenty of runs. It was Mahmudullah who showed the best control of spin bowling. However, Rishad came back brilliantly and bowled a brave 19th over to David Miller and even got him out. Bangladesh closed off the innings brilliantly and now the onus will be on the batters to get 114 runs. It won't be straightforward and South Africa will come hard at them. Join us soon as the exciting run chase is coming up next.
The star with the ball for Bangladesh, Tanzim Hasan Sakib is down for a chat. He says they stick to the basic and the talk was just to bowl in the right areas. Mentions Quinton de Kock's wicket was his favourite as he hit him for couple of biggies before that. Reckons Taskin Ahmed got the wicket of Heinrich Klaasen at the perfect time. Ends by appreciating the support from the crowd.
Opting to bat first on a used pitch, the intent was made clear as Quinton de Kock decided to smash anything in his zone but as in the past couple of games, the opening stand faltered and Reeza Hendricks fell for a golden duck. Then came the collapse and all of a sudden, the Proteas were 23/4 inside the Powerplay. It was then a crucial stand between Heinrich Klaasen and their match winner from last time, David Miller worth 79 runs that got them in a good position at the backend but they simply couldn't kick on. Neither Klaasen nor Miller could stay on till the end and they might have missed out on 15-20 runs in the end.
A back and forth sort of a contest but at the halfway mark, Bangladesh will feel they pulled things back brilliantly at the death and have given themselves a wonderful platform. South Africa on the other hand will feel that they have runs on the board and will back their pacers. But have they done enough to salvage what could have been a disaster of a batting performance? Only time will tell.
20
over
20 | 4 Runs | HH: 113/6
19.6
2
Mustafizur Rahman to Marco Jansen, Two runs to end the over. Just four runs off the final over! Serves it full and on middle, Marco Jansen eases it to long on, the batters push hard for two runs and gets it. South Africa end with 113 runs on the board.
19.5
1
Mustafizur Rahman to Keshav Maharaj, Keshav Maharaj finally connects but just for one. Mustafizur Rahman targets the off pole, this is full and it is tucked to square leg for a single.
19.5
1
Mustafizur Rahman to Keshav Maharaj, Wide! Doing too much this time. Overcompensates and bowls it wide outside off, over the tramline. Wided.
19.4
Mustafizur Rahman to Keshav Maharaj, DOT AGAIN! FOUR IN A ROW! Mustafizur Rahman is having a go and the crowd is right behind him. A length ball, shaping away from the right-hander. Keshav Maharaj swings and misses.
19.3
Mustafizur Rahman to Keshav Maharaj, MISSED AGAIN! This is top, top stuff from the Fizz!! Short of a length on off and angles it away. Keshav Maharaj looks to pull but misses. Bangladesh appeal but there was nothing much in it.
19.2
Mustafizur Rahman to Keshav Maharaj, DOT AGAIN! Similar to the previous delivery! Bowls it full and well wide of off. Keshav Maharaj fails to get his bat on it again.
19.1
Mustafizur Rahman to Keshav Maharaj, A dot to start from the Fizz! Keeps it away from Maharaj's arc, fuller and wide outside off. Keshav Maharaj swings hard and misses.
19
over
19 | 4 Runs | HH: 109/6
18.6
Rishad Hossain to Marco Jansen, Marco Jansen brings out the switch-hit. Rishad Hossain bowls it full and on off, Marco Jansen mistimes it on the off side. What an over from Rishad Hossain under pressure.
18.5
1
Rishad Hossain to Keshav Maharaj, This is full and outside off, Keshav Maharaj looks to push but outside edges it to short third man for a quick single.
18.4
Rishad Hossain to Keshav Maharaj, Flights it full and outside off. Keshav Maharaj gets forward and pushes it to cover.
18.3
2
Rishad Hossain to Keshav Maharaj, Floated full and on middle, Keshav Maharaj paddles it to fine leg for a couple of runs.
Keshav Maharaj is the next batter in.
18.2
W
Rishad Hossain to David Miller, OUT! BOWLED! Could this be the decisive moment when the game ends? What a delivery! What a wicket! A leg-spinner against Miller and we would always bet on Miller to take him on but this World Cup keeps on surprising every one. Tossed up, full and on leg, it lands and it is the top spinner that goes right on. Miller looks to slog-sweep but completely misses and it crashes the stumps. A brave delivery to the left-hander but Rishad Hossain gets his man.
18.1
1
Rishad Hossain to Marco Jansen, A single and Miller is on the strike! Tossed up on middle, Marco Jansen flicks it to mid-wicket for a single.
18
over
18 | 5 Runs | HH: 105/5
17.6
1
Taskin Ahmed to Marco Jansen, Five runs and a wicket off the over. Taskin Ahmed can take a rest for now. A length ball, outside off, Marco Jansen looks to punch but splices it to third man for a single.
17.5
1
Taskin Ahmed to David Miller, Short of a length and around off, Miller pulls it to deep square leg for a single.
17.4
1
Taskin Ahmed to Marco Jansen, Pitches it up on middle, Marco Jansen looks to flick but inside edges his shot to square leg for a single.
Marco Jansen is the new batter in.
17.3
W
Taskin Ahmed to Heinrich Klaasen, OUT! BOWLED! A perfect time to get the wicket of Heinrich Klaasen! Bangladesh on top here. Taskin Ahmed gets his length right here. He again removes the pace from this length delivery, this is on middle. Heinrich Klaasen pre-meditates and swings his bat across but he was no where close to the ball. It rolls through and hits the stumps.
17.2
2
Taskin Ahmed to Heinrich Klaasen, Pulls out all the pace from this one, shorter and around off, Heinrich Klaasen helps it to square leg and gets a brace.
17.1
Taskin Ahmed to Heinrich Klaasen, A dot to start Ahmed's last over. On a good length and outside off, Heinrich Klaasen hits hard but straight to cover.
17
over
17 | 10 Runs | HH: 100/4
16.6
1
Mahmudullah to Heinrich Klaasen, 100 up for the Proates. 10 runs off the over. Tossed up on middle, Heinrich Klaasen tucks it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
16.5
2
Mahmudullah to Heinrich Klaasen, TWO RUNS! Good running! Turning out to be a good over for the Proteas. Flat and on middle, Heinrich Klaasen nudges it through mid-wicket for a couple.
16.4
6
Mahmudullah to Heinrich Klaasen, SIX! BANG! Much needed! Looks like it will be Heinrich Klaasen, the aggressor now. Floats it full and on off, in the slot and it is tonked over long off for a biggie.
16.3
1
Mahmudullah to David Miller, Floated full and outside off, Miller plays it to deep cover for a single.
16.2
Mahmudullah to David Miller, Bowls it quick, full and on middle, Miller makes room and punches but straight to cover. The crowd is loving what the Bangla Tigers have put out right now.
16.1
Mahmudullah to David Miller, South Africa don't have enough power after these two but one of them has to go for big shots now. Flat and outside off, Miller slaps it to cover.
16
over
16 | 6 Runs | HH: 90/4
15.6
Tanzim Hasan Sakib to Heinrich Klaasen, A teriffic spell from Tanzim Hasan Sakib comes to an end. He finishes with three wickets to his name. This one though nips back in, bowls on the hard length and angles it on off. Heinrich Klaasen taps it late and to short third man.
15.5
1
Tanzim Hasan Sakib to David Miller, A length ball, around off. Miller knocks it to mid off and calls for a quick single. The fielder hits at the bowler's end but Miller was safely home.
15.4
1
Tanzim Hasan Sakib to Heinrich Klaasen, Lofted away for a single! This is full and around off, Heinrich Klaasen lofts it but does not generate enough power behind this one. It goes to long off for a single.
15.3
1
Tanzim Hasan Sakib to David Miller, Leg bye! Tanzim Hasan Sakib bowls a bumper on middle, it slows up after landing and Miller misses his pull in the process. It goes off the shoulder of Miller to the off side for a leg bye.
15.2
Tanzim Hasan Sakib to David Miller, Goes wide of the crease and slants in a length ball on middle at 134 clicks. Miller nudges it to mid-wicket.
15.1
1
Tanzim Hasan Sakib to Heinrich Klaasen, Short of a length and on middle, Heinrich Klaasen pulls it to deep square leg for a single.
15.1
2
Tanzim Hasan Sakib to David Miller, WIDES! A fuller delivery from around the wicket but angled down the leg side. Miller misses his flick and the keeper does not collect it cleanly. The batters take a single.
15
over
15 | 4 Runs | HH: 84/4
14.6
Mahmudullah to Heinrich Klaasen, The inside edge saves Heinrich Klaasen! Fired in on a fuller length and onto middle stump, Klaasen opts to play a relatively fuller ball off the back foot and plays all over it. Luckily, he gets an inside edge onto the back leg.
14.5
1
Mahmudullah to David Miller, Drifts this one onto the legs, David Miller goes down on one knee and sweeps it down to fine leg for one more.
14.4
1
Mahmudullah to Heinrich Klaasen, A bit quick and short outside off, Heinrich Klaasen latches onto it but hammers it straight to the man at sweeper cover for just another single.
14.3
1
Mahmudullah to David Miller, Fired in by Mahmudullah and angled into middle and leg, David Miller makes room and forces it through covers for a single.
14.2
Mahmudullah to David Miller, On a dragged length and angled back in a long way from around off stump, David Miller backs away and tucks it to the leg side.
14.1
1
Mahmudullah to Heinrich Klaasen, Leg bye! Quick and flat, bowled in at the legs, Heinrich Klaasen fails to tuck it away and the ball thuds into the pads before rolling behind square leg. They get a leg bye.
Mahmudullah is back into the attack. He went for 4 runs in his first over.
14
over
14 | 8 Runs | HH: 80/4
13.6
6
Mustafizur Rahman to David Miller, SIX! Stellar timing from David Miller and that has gone all the way and ruined a perfectly good over for Mustafizur Rahman. This is pitched up around the off stump, slightly slower too, Miller leans on taking the front leg out and just chips it effortlessly over wide long off for a biggie.
13.5
1
Mustafizur Rahman to Heinrich Klaasen, A bit short and quite wide, Heinrich Klaasen stands tall and slaps the ball to deep point for a single.
13.4
1
Mustafizur Rahman to David Miller, Leg bye! Fuller and trying to hone in at the pads, David Miller misses the flick and the ball goes off the pads to square leg. They pick up a leg bye and the 50-run stand comes up between these two.
13.3
Mustafizur Rahman to David Miller, Three dots on the trot! Good length around off stump, trying to slant it back in, David Miller plays it away to covers.
13.2
Mustafizur Rahman to David Miller, Top delivery! A well-directed bumper, bowled at a brisk pace and banged in at a difficult height as well around off stump. This one angles in and David Miller sways away from the line of the ball.
13.1
Mustafizur Rahman to David Miller, Drilled straight back by David Miller, a bit too straight though. Bowled full and straight on middle, Miller gets on the front foot and drives it straight back into the stumps at the other end. Thankfully, Mustafizur Rahman didn't get a hand on it on the followthrough as Heinrich Klaasen had wandered out of his crease.
13
over
13 | 8 Runs | HH: 72/4
12.6
Rishad Hossain to Heinrich Klaasen, Half an appeal for stumping but Heinrich Klaasen is well in. Quicker through the air, tossed up around off and gripping a bit again. Heinrich Klaasen looks to drive it through covers but is beaten past the outside edge and Litton Das whips off the bails in a flash.
12.5
Rishad Hossain to Heinrich Klaasen, Nicely bowled! Nagging length, tossed up around off, a bit of turn and bounce there for Rishad Hossain. Heinrich Klaasen looks to cut but is well beaten.
12.4
1
Rishad Hossain to David Miller, Flighted ball on middle and leg, worked away neatly towards mid-wicket for an easy single.
12.3
2
Rishad Hossain to David Miller, A bit too full and floated up on the legs, David Miller leans on and clips it away between the two fielders at deep mid-wicket and deep backward square leg and picks up a brace.
12.2
1
Rishad Hossain to Heinrich Klaasen, Sliding it onto off and middle, Heinrich Klaasen drives it on the up and down to long off for a single, rotating the strike right after the boundary.
12.1
4
Rishad Hossain to Heinrich Klaasen, FOUR! Heinrich Klaasen is going after the young leggie and is getting the most out of it. Fractionally short and around off, Klaasen rocks back and waits on it well before cutting it behind point for a much-needed boundary.
12
over
12 | 3 Runs | HH: 64/4
11.6
1
Taskin Ahmed to Heinrich Klaasen, Good, positive running! Pitched up outside off, Heinrich Klaasen punches it on the up to the left of covers and scampers through for the single. Just the three singles off it though.
11.5
Taskin Ahmed to Heinrich Klaasen, A bit on the fuller side and on the fifth stump line, Heinrich Klaasen taps it away on the up and hits it straight towards cover-point.
11.4
1
Taskin Ahmed to David Miller, In the channel around off and just shooting off a hardn length, David Miller does well to hop back and dab the ball doen towards third man for another single.
11.3
Taskin Ahmed to David Miller, Peach of a delivery! Taskin Ahmed bustles in from around the stumps and bowls it full around off stump, angling it in and getting it to straighten off the deck. David Miller gets pegged back and looks to defend but the ball zips past the outside edge.
11.2
1
Taskin Ahmed to Heinrich Klaasen, Hard length, bowled from a bit wider on the crease and angled into middle and leg, Heinrich Klaasen pushes it down through mid on and turns the strike over.
11.1
Taskin Ahmed to Heinrich Klaasen, Just short of a length and trying to angle it in from off stump, Heinrich Klaasen rocks back and jams the ball out in front of point.
Change. Time for some pace again as Taskin Ahmed is back on.
11
over
11 | 4 Runs | HH: 61/4
10.6
Mahmudullah to David Miller, Flighted delivery on off stump, David Miller watchfully blocks it off the front foot.
10.5
1
Mahmudullah to Heinrich Klaasen, Dishes out a full and wide one now, Heinrich Klaasen reaches out and drives it away square through covers for a run.
10.4
Mahmudullah to Heinrich Klaasen, Just a bit fuller and quicker, sliding it into the legs, Heinrich Klaasen looks to flick but misses and gets hit on the pads.
10.3
2
Mahmudullah to Heinrich Klaasen, Good running! Bowled from over the stumps and shortens the length on the pads, Heinrich Klaasen tucks it away neatly off the front foot past square leg and picks up a couple of runs.
10.2
1
Mahmudullah to David Miller, Full again and at the stumps, driven away down to long off for a single.
10.1
Mahmudullah to David Miller, EDGED AND DROPPED! That should have been a wicket off the first ball for Mahmudullah but Litton Das has grassed it. Starts from over the wicket does Mahmudullah and tosses it up nice and full on off stump, getting it to grip and turn away. David Miller looks to play it off the front foot but gets a thick outside edge and goes straight into the left leg as Litton Das is pretty late with the glovework. Could be a huge opportunity missed here for Bangladesh.
Drinks break! Pheww, an engrossing first 10 overs and rightly so, everyone need a bit of a breather here. Quinton de Kock came out all guns blazing for South Africa but so did Tanzim Hasan Sakib as he dismantled the Proteas top order and along with the help of Taskin Ahmed had them reeling at 23 for 4. Since then, bithday boy, David Miller and Heinrich Klaasen have just regained a bit of control for South Africa but they need a lot more from this duo. Bangladesh will hope their spinners also pick up wickets in the middle overs and restrict the opposition to a low total. Let's see how the first innings pans out.
10
over
10 | 14 Runs | HH: 57/4
9.6
1
Rishad Hossain to David Miller, QUICK SINGLE! Flat and around off, lands and bounces up as Miller is caught surprise by it. Miller dabs it to short third man. He is not sure for a single here but bets with Heinrich Klaasen's call and makes his end  with a dive.
9.5
1
Rishad Hossain to Heinrich Klaasen, Flat and outside off, Heinrich Klaasen slaps it through covers for a single. Smart from Heinrich Klaasen!
9.4
6
Rishad Hossain to Heinrich Klaasen, SIX! AGAIN! 50 up for the Proteas! Rishad Hossain bowls a half-tracker on middle, Heinrich Klaasen anyday of the week will blow this away, he goes back and hammers it over mid-wicket for a six.
9.3
6
Rishad Hossain to Heinrich Klaasen, SIX! Welcome boundary! A boundary here and there is what South Africa needed and these two are showing their experience here. Too full on off. Heinrich Klaasen plays a lofted punch shot over long off for a biggie. Gets the power from his back hand on this one.
9.2
Rishad Hossain to Heinrich Klaasen, Rishad Hossain is getting it to turn! Quicker, flatter and outside off, lands and spins away. Heinrich Klaasen looks to push it across but is beaten.
9.1
Rishad Hossain to Heinrich Klaasen, A googly, comes with the angle over the stumps. Heinrich Klaasen drops it to cover.
9
over
9 | 6 Runs | HH: 43/4
8.6
2
Shakib Al Hasan to David Miller, In the gap for two runs! A bit short and outside off. Miller strokes it to the left of deep cover and takes a brace. 6 runs off the over. Miller and Klaasen have calmed things down.
8.5
1
Shakib Al Hasan to Heinrich Klaasen, One more run! Not much turn on offer in this over. Bowls it full and on off, Heinrich Klaasen punches it down to long off for a single.
8.4
1
Shakib Al Hasan to David Miller, Takes a single! This is full and on middle, Miller plays it down to long on for a single.
8.3
Shakib Al Hasan to David Miller, Floats it full and around off, skids through the surface. Miller pushes it to cover.
8.2
1
Shakib Al Hasan to Heinrich Klaasen, This one holds a bit! Flat and on middle, Heinrich Klaasen rocks back and eases it to long off for a single.
8.1
1
Shakib Al Hasan to David Miller, Shakib Al Hasan serves it full and outside off, bit of turn and Miller knocks it through covers for a single.
8
over
8 | 6 Runs | HH: 37/4
7.6
1
Mustafizur Rahman to David Miller, The odd one which bounces awkwardly! A hard length delivery on middle, Miller fends it to square leg and keeps the strike with a single.
7.5
1
Mustafizur Rahman to Heinrich Klaasen, Edged but well short of third! Sprays it well wide outside off, on the fuller side and Heinrich Klaasen slashes his blade but slices it to third man who collects it on a couple of bounce.
7.4
Mustafizur Rahman to Heinrich Klaasen, Pulls his length back and bowls it on middle. Heinrich Klaasen hangs back and defends.
7.3
4
Mustafizur Rahman to Heinrich Klaasen, FOUR! Mustafizur Rahman goes very full this time on middle and leg, a cutter but the length was good enough for Heinrich Klaasen to drill it down past mid on for a boundary.
7.2
Mustafizur Rahman to Heinrich Klaasen, Creats an angle as he bowls from over the wicket. This is full and outside off. Heinrich Klaasen goes for a wild drive but misses.
7.1
Mustafizur Rahman to Heinrich Klaasen, Good stop from the Fizz! Pitches it up on middle. Heinrich Klaasen drives right off the middle of the bat, straight but Mustafizur Rahman bends and stops it.
7
over
7 | 6 Runs | HH: 31/4
6.6
1
Rishad Hossain to Heinrich Klaasen, A single to end the over. 6 runs off it. Tosses it up, just outside off. Heinrich Klaasen pushes it to covers where a misfield allows a single.
6.5
Rishad Hossain to Heinrich Klaasen, There is turn and bit of bounce as well. Flatter delivery, angling outside off and spins away. Heinrich Klaasen thinks of punching it but withdraws his bat in the last moment.
6.4
1
Rishad Hossain to David Miller, Rishad Hossain bowls it full and on the pads. Miller turns it to deep square leg. He wants two runs but settles with one.
6.3
Rishad Hossain to David Miller, Floated full and on middle and leg. Miller nudges it on the leg side for no run.
6.2
4
Rishad Hossain to David Miller, FOUR! David Miller takes on the leggie. Tossed up full and on off, in the arc for Miller who slog-sweeps it over mid-wicket. The man from long on tries his best but fails to stop it. A boundary.
6.1
Rishad Hossain to David Miller, Najmul Hossain Shanto does not go with Tanzim Hasan Sakib as he brings the spin in! Rishad Hossain bowls it full and on middle, Miller prods and blocks it out.
6
over
6 | 1 Runs | HH: 25/4
5.6
Mustafizur Rahman to Heinrich Klaasen, Excellent from Mustafizur Rahman! Excellent from Bangladesh in the Powerplay! Rahman rolls his fingers once again, this is full and on middle, Heinrich Klaasen without any risk, defends it out.
5.5
Mustafizur Rahman to Heinrich Klaasen, Mustafizur Rahman drags his length back, this is on the shorter side on middle. Heinrich Klaasen watchfully tucks it back on the deck. Just one of the over so far.
5.4
Mustafizur Rahman to Heinrich Klaasen, A lgood-length ball, around off. Heinrich Klaasen hops and defends it out.
5.3
1
Mustafizur Rahman to David Miller, Almost chopped on! Not easy right now to stand on that pitch. South Africa feeling the heat! A length ball, angling outside off, it stays low. Miller looks to cut but bottom edges it to fine leg for a single.
5.2
Mustafizur Rahman to David Miller, David Miller needs to be aware of the Fizz's off-cutter. He rolls his fingers on the ball here, this is full and around middle and off. Miller makes a solid block.
5.1
Mustafizur Rahman to David Miller, Mustafizur Rahman starts with a fuller delivery, angling around off. Miller watchfully blocks it to cover.
5
over
5 | 1 Runs | HH: 24/4
4.6
Tanzim Hasan Sakib to Heinrich Klaasen, A bit fuller and around off, Heinrich Klaasen gets on the front foot and strokes it towards mid off. A wicket in each of his three overs so far for Tanzim Hasan Sakib and he still has one over left.
4.5
Tanzim Hasan Sakib to Heinrich Klaasen, Good length in and around the off stump, Heinrich Klaasen is a bit late on the shot but manages to keep it out.
4.4
1
Tanzim Hasan Sakib to David Miller, Fractionally shorter and around the pads, David Miller tucks it away in front of square leg for a single and gets off the mark.
4.3
Tanzim Hasan Sakib to David Miller, Hard length, over middle stump, David Miller covers the line and defends it back onto the deck.
The birthday boy, David Miller walks out to the middle and once again have to rescue his team here.
4.2
W
Tanzim Hasan Sakib to Tristan Stubbs, OUT! CAUGHT! Would you believe it? Bangladesh are making this track their own and the crowd is getting right behind them as well. Tanzim Hasan Sakib just keeps banging it on a hard length, bowling it a tad shorter this time and gets the ball to shoot off the deck. Tristan Stubbs looks to fend it away on the off side but is taken aback and the ball just stops on him, takes the higher part of the bat and gets lobbed in front of covers. Shakib Al Hasan is standing quite close in there and dives forward to take a fine catch. Stubbs departs for a duck as well.
4.1
Tanzim Hasan Sakib to Tristan Stubbs, Banged in on a hard length and around the top of off stump, Tristan Stubbs watchfully taps it away onto the off side.
4
over
4 | 4 Runs | HH: 23/3
3.6
Taskin Ahmed to Heinrich Klaasen, Short of a length, keeps it around the off stump and extracts good bounce from the deck. Heinrich Klaasen hops on the back foot and dabs it down to point.
The experienced, Heinrich Klaasen once again comes early to the crease.
3.5
W
Taskin Ahmed to Aiden Markram, OUT! TIMBER! Top order woes continue for South Africa as the Bangladeshi frontline pacers are all over them. Excellent length from Taskin Ahmed yet again, not quite full and this is pitched up on middle, drawing the drive from Markram. The ball though hits the deck and nips away slightly. Markram's bat turns in his hand as he looks to drive but the ball goes past the outside edge and shatters the off stump. What a start this is for Bangladesh!
3.4
Taskin Ahmed to Aiden Markram, Back of a length, angled in over the off stump, Aiden Markram goes on the back foot and defends it nicely under the eyes.
3.3
Taskin Ahmed to Aiden Markram, Hard length and trying to angle it into the pads, Aiden Markram misses the tuck and the ball goes off the side of the pads towards square leg.
3.2
4
Taskin Ahmed to Aiden Markram, FOUR! Now, that was all class from Aiden Markram. Good length outside off, Markram stands tall and crunches it on the up through the cover region and the ball goes away to the fence.
3.1
Taskin Ahmed to Aiden Markram, Oh, that is a beauty! Immaculate length from Taskin Ahmed, not all that full and right around off stump. Aiden Markram is pushed back to defend but the ball zips just past the outside edge.
3
over
3 | 1 Runs | HH: 19/2
2.6
Tanzim Hasan Sakib to Tristan Stubbs, What an over, just a wide and the big wicket off it as well. Good length again but much straighter this time, Tristan Stubbs clips it straight to the man at square leg.
2.5
Tanzim Hasan Sakib to Tristan Stubbs, On a hard length now and in the channel outside off stump, Tristan Stubbs hops back and plays it late with soft hands and down towards backward point.
2.4
Tanzim Hasan Sakib to Tristan Stubbs, Right on the money! Good length on off stump, Tristan Stubbs covers the line well and blocks it with the full face of the bat.
Tristan Stubbs is promoted up the order for South Africa.
2.3
W
Tanzim Hasan Sakib to Quinton de Kock, OUT! BOWLED'EM! Tanzim Hasan Sakib is running in celebration and why not! This is smart bowling from Tanzim as he goes a bit wider on the crease and brings the line much closer to the off stump. This is banged on a hard length around off and the ball just angles back in sharply, stays a touch low as well. Quinton de Kock looks to just bend his back and plays the pick-up pull short but is completely undone. The ball sneaks under the willow and hits the top of off stump.
2.3
1
Tanzim Hasan Sakib to Quinton de Kock, WIDE! Banged in well short and pushed well outside the off stump as well. Wide called.
2.2
Tanzim Hasan Sakib to Quinton de Kock, Good change up now! Brings out the slower ball, bowling it on a tad fuller length in the channel, Quinton de Kock looks to punch it away but is beaten by the lack of pace.
2.1
Tanzim Hasan Sakib to Quinton de Kock, Good carry through! Bustling in from around the stumps, bowls this one on a hard length outside off and angles it in a bit. The ball gathers pace off the deck and beats Quinton de Kock who was looking to cut.
2
over
2 | 7 Runs | HH: 18/1
1.6
Taskin Ahmed to Aiden Markram, Much fuller and on middle and off, Aiden Markram plays the off drive on the up but hits it straight to mid off.
1.5
Taskin Ahmed to Aiden Markram, Oh, a tidy leave but a risky one as well. Hard length angled into the off stump and just nipping away off the deck, Aiden Markram shoulders arms at it.
1.4
Taskin Ahmed to Aiden Markram, Back to over the wicket for the right-hander and pitches this one right at the stumps at 142.3 clicks, Aiden Markram stays watchful and blocks it to mid off.
1.3
1
Taskin Ahmed to Quinton de Kock, Switches to around the wicket and bowls it back of a length around off stump, Quinton de Kock lets the ball come on and just guides it down to third man for a single.
1.2
6
Taskin Ahmed to Quinton de Kock, SIX! Smashed away by Quinton de Kock again! Taskin Ahmed bangs it in on a hard length and bowls it over middle and leg. De Kock picks up the length early, gets inside the line and slogs it away well over deep backward square leg for another big maximum.
1.1
Taskin Ahmed to Quinton de Kock, Nice and full to begin with, around off stump, Quinton de Kock gets a bit forward and just plays it on the up to mid off.
Aiden Markram is the new man in. Also, Taskin Ahmed to share the new ball.
1
over
1 | 11 Runs | HH: 11/1
0.6
W
Tanzim Hasan Sakib to Reeza Hendricks, OUT! LBW! Tanzim Hasan Sakib with a fine comeback and he finishes the first over with a big wicket. Tanzim bowls this one on a fuller length around middle stump and gets it to straighten off the deck. Reeza Hendricks stays back in his crease and looks to just block it off with a striaght bat but is beaten past the outside edge. The ball hits him on the back leg, pretty adjacent to the stumps and the umpire's finger goes up as well. Hendricks departs for a golden duck and South Africa are 11/1 after the first over.
0.5
1
Tanzim Hasan Sakib to Quinton de Kock, On a hard length and over the stumps, Quinton de Kock tucks it away neatly through the mid-wicket region and picks up an easy single.
0.4
Tanzim Hasan Sakib to Quinton de Kock, Much better! A bit fuller and around the off stump, Quinton de Kock just punches it away sweetly onto the off side.
0.3
4
Tanzim Hasan Sakib to Quinton de Kock, FOUR! Oh, Quinton de Kock has come out with aggressive intent. Overcompensates with the short ball, bowling it around off, de Kock just shuffles across a touch and smashes the ball in front of square on the leg side for a boundary now.
0.2
6
Tanzim Hasan Sakib to Quinton de Kock, SIX! Wow, what a shot to get the innings underway! Pitched up right in the slot around middle, Quinton de Kock nonchalantly picks it up and whacks it a long way over the deep square leg fence for a biggie. De Kock and South Africa are up and running.
0.1
Tanzim Hasan Sakib to Quinton de Kock, Bang on target first up! Starts from over the stumps and bowls it around the top of off and middle, Quinton de Kock stays in his crease and solidly defends it out.
We are all set for action. First, we will have the national anthems. It will be of Bangladesh's first followed by of South Africa. Done with the formalities, we are all in readiness for the action now. Najmul Hossain Shanto is giving a last minute pep-talk to his team. Quinton de Kock and Reeza Hendricks stride out to open for the Proteas. Tanzim Hasan Sakib to bowl first. A slip in place. Let's go…
Bangladesh skipper, Najmul Hossain Shanto says that they would have bowled first anyway, so, they are happy. Informs that Jaker Ali has come in for Soumya Sarkar. Adds that wherever they play, the support is immense and they are happy with it. Mentions that he is happy with the boys after the previous win and believes they will do good here as well. Adds that they finally have a leg-spinner who has been consistent and hopes that they play some good cricket today.
Aiden Markram, the captain of South Africa says they will bat first as it is a used wicket. Feels the pitch could get slower as the game progresses and that could help their pacers. Reckons they back themselves to put on a good total. The trend is shifting to bat first and hopefully they do the job. Shares the batters need to find some forms, including himself, they just need a couple of good knocks to get back in form.
Bangladesh (Playing XI) – Litton Das (WK), Tanzid Hasan, Najmul Hossain Shanto (C), Towhid Hridoy, Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, Jaker Ali (In for Soumya Sarkar), Rishad Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Tanzim Hasan Sakib, Mustafizur Rahman.
South Africa (Playing XI) – Quinton de Kock (WK), Reeza Hendricks, Aiden Markram (C), Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Tristan Stubbs, Marco Jansen, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Ottneil Baartman.
TOSS – The flip of the coin lands in favour of South Africa. They have decided to BAT first.
PITCH REPORT – It is the third game we are playing on the same surface, once again it won't be easy for the batters. The back of the length delivery and hard-length delivery could help the bowlers as it would be hard for batters to hit the longer square boundaries.
South Africa on the other hand have played two and won two and a win here against Bangladesh will see them take pole position in Group D and would all but guarantee a passage to the next round. In both their games, the Proteas have bowled extremely well but we have also seen them falter with the bat. They will count themselves a bit lucky against Netherlands as David Miller and Tristan Stubbs pulled them out of trouble and the former even went on to score a match-winning half-century. We already know that this pitch will aid the bowlers, so, it will really come down to which side can have that mental fortitude with the bat. Can South Africa overome another stern challenge and get one foot into the Super Eights? Or will Bangladesh rise up and go level on points with them? We shall find out. Toss and teams in a bit.
Bangladesh have played one match so far and that was a very close encounter against Sri Lanka in Dallas. With a win under their belt, the players will be confident of notching up an upset against a Proteas side that didn't look like a tournament favorite in their last game against Netherlands. Bangladesh do have the bowling attack to trouble the best of teams but it is all about consistency and that batting lineup needs to back the bowlers if they are to get the win.
Hello and welcome back to the Nassau County Cricket Stadium in New York where less than 24 hours ago we witnessed an epic encounter between two eternal rivals, India and Pakistan. The venue has seen a game daily since the 7th of June and to kick off a new week in the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2024, we have Bangladesh taking on South Africa in a Group D clash. Both teams are unbeaten so far and will look to battle it out for supremacy in this group and thankfully, it is a fairly sunny morning in New York.
… MATCH DAY …
South Africa has kicked off this World Cup with two impressive wins, edging closer to a spot in the Super Eight. However, their victory over the Netherlands wasn't easy, with a gritty half-century from David Miller and a crucial contribution from Tristan Stubbs getting them across the line. Now, another tricky challenge awaits as they prepare to face Bangladesh. South Africa's bowling has been fantastic so far, with Anrich Nortje leading the pace attack and finding his rhythm. Ottneil Baartman has been brilliant, especially at the death, while Kagiso Rabada and Marco Jansen add strength to their formidable attack. Keshav Maharaj has done well as the lone spinner, and Stubbs can pitch in if needed. However, their batting needs to step up if they want to challenge the big guns. Quinton de Kock will be key at the top, while more is expected from Aiden Markram and Reeza Hendricks. Heinrich Klaasen has the potential to be lethal but needs to be more patient on tricky pitches. With a few tweaks, South Africa could become a force to reckon with in this tournament. Bangladesh, on the other hand, started their campaign with a thrilling win over their Asian rivals, Sri Lanka. Veteran Mahmudullah grabbed the two points with a quick cameo in a crunch situation. Litton Das provided a good start but needs to show more intent, while Towhid Hridoy was excellent, top-scoring in the last game. Soumya Sarkar, Tanzid Hasan, and Najmul Hossain Shanto need to take on more responsibility in the batting unit. Much will depend on Shakib Al Hasan, who can contribute in both departments, and with this being his last T20 World Cup, he'll be eager to perform well. Their bowling attack is solid, with Mustafizur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed, and Tanzim Hasan Sakib forming a strong pace battery, while Rishad Hossain complements Shakib in the spin department. Mahmudullah also provides a decent option. Their collective effort in the last game restricted Sri Lanka to under 130, and they’ll aim to pressure the Proteas' batters who have shown vulnerability. The stakes are high. Will South Africa make it three wins in a row, or will Bangladesh stop them in their tracks? We’ll find out soon in what promises to be another thrilling encounter! Word count: 362