What a stat for the Bangladesh Tigers in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019! Actually, Bangladesh couldn’t ask for a better start than this one. Defeating the World No.3 South Africa by 21 runs margin is really something special for the Tigers.
It was all started with the toss at the Oval. Though Tiger captain Mashrafe loses the toss, surprisingly, Proteas captain Faf du Plessis decided not to go for the option of setting a big total on a batting paradise. Instead, he allowed Bangladesh to do what they really wanted to do.
Bangladesh got to a flying start of 60 runs on the board in just 9 overs of play. After that, they lost both of their openers in quick succession. But Shakib and Musfiq manage to hold on the crease. Together they put a massive 142 runs partnership in just 141 balls. In fact, that partnership sets the momentum for Bangladesh Tigers.
Both of them got out in the mid 30 overs, but they took their team to such a comfortable position from where can easily put a massive target on the board. Shakib Al Hasan scored a brilliant 75 runs knock in just 84 balls. Musfiqur Rahim got out on 78 (80).
After these two got out, there was little collapse for the Tigers. It seemed like Bangladesh couldn’t manage to take the total on a high where it supposed to be at.
But thanks to Mahmudullah Riyad and Mosaddesk Hossain. literally, these two smashed everything out the park and added 54 runs in the last 24 deliveries of their innings. With such power hitting, Bangladesh scored their highest ever ODI total of 330-6 on the card.
Chasing 331 to win, South Africa were restricted to 309 for 8 in their 50 overs. Many Proteas batsmen had a good start but no one went on to play a big inning as they lost the steam in the final overs of the chase.
Proteas captain Faf du Plessis scored the highest 62 runs for his side. Mustafizur Rahman took 3 wickets for 67 runs in his 10 overs.
After his brilliant 75 runs knock in the first innings, World’s No.1 ODI all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan bowled a match-winning spell of 10-0-50-1. That was enough to choose him as the Player of the Match.
During this, Shakib became the fastest to complete this Majestic Double of 5000 runs and 250 wickets, Joins An Exclusive Five-Man Club.
Bangladesh Tigers skipper Masrafe Mortaza said in post-match “We were pleased to bat first, after the toss, yes there was some doubt but we knew this was a used wicket, so batting wouldn’t be a bad option. Mushfiqur always plays that kind of innings, Shakib batted so well. Soumya set the tone and we finished off with Mahmudullah and Mosaddek. We knew we had to bowl in the right areas, just keep changing our bowlers around to ensure we pick wickets. Good thing we were able to do well, the spinners set the tone.”
Losing captain Faf du Plessis said in post-match “Today didn’t according to plan. Wasn’t ideal with Lungi getting injured, but 330 was out of par. Not a great performance from us. Looking back, no, I wouldn’t have bowled first, but the thinking was, the surface was going to have more pace and bounce. If a subcontinent side gets runs on the board, they could squeeze it later.”