ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019
Venue: The Oval, London
Date & Time: 02 June 2019
RR: 6.18 | Bangladesh beat South Africa by 21 runs
Finally a contest in this World Cup! After plenty of one-sided affairs, we witnessed equal fight from two teams and Bangladesh managed to outplay South Africa in the end mainly due to their power-hitting at the death. Trent Bridge is the next stop now. On Monday, England will be facing Pakistan at 1030 local (0930 GMT). Do join us for all the action. Cheers!
Bangladesh skipper, Mashrafe Mortaza, feels that the first match sets the tone and it was nice to win. He says they were always positive, carrying on from the tour of Ireland. Admits now that it was nice to bat first and also tells that he was slightly confused what to do if they win the toss but there was a belief that batting could be good as this was the second game on this pitch after England versus South Africa in the tournament opener. The skipper states that the batters batted really well, especially Soumya Sarkar. He also mentions that the surface was good to bat on and one had to bowl in the right areas. Adds that the spinners bowled well also and the pacers finished off the job in the end. Mashrafe thanks the crowd that was behind them and hopes they will be back for the next game as well. Wants the team to perform the same way in all the upcoming games as even the fans at home watching on TV will be rooting for the side to win.
South Africa skipper, Faf du Plessis, says that things in this World Cup have not quite gone according to the plan with players getting injured. Admits that 330 was a bit too much and says that it was not an ideal performance. On the pitch, Faf says that the local staff told him there would be more on the surface than what they got. Adds that they have to take the damage inflicted by Bangladesh in the last 5 overs with the bat on the chin. Observes that at the end of the 45th over, both teams were at the same score, so that shows the extent of the damage. On Lungi Ngidi's injury, du Plessis is tight-lipped as he is not sure and hopes that Dale Steyn recovers soon. On the upcoming match against India, Faf replies that things are not getting easier and they would have to be on their toes and be at their best.
Shakib Al Hasan is the Man of the Match! He rates this win as one of the top wins in his side's World Cup history. He mentions that this is his fourth World Cup and they have done some upsets previously but this is the World Cup that they want to prove something. He states that before they arrived in England, they believed that they can play well and this is the start that they wanted and they were lucky to get it. He reckons now they have to build on this. Shakib admits that having played 2 years with Worcestershire, he knew the conditions well and it also helped playing in the Champions Trophy 2017 here! He tells us that he did not know it was a record partnership with Mushfiqur but says it was a good stand and came at an important time for the team. About the next game, the star all-rounder feels that it will be a big game against New Zealand and that their confidence will be up but the Black Caps are a really good team and it will be important to come back and do the job properly again.
In today's time, a total in excess of 300 has become a norm and teams have chased it down quite often. South Africa started their chase decently with a 49-run opening stand, followed by yet another handy partnership and looked to be on track. Their batsmen kept on getting starts but none managed to play a big knock which was the need of the hour. The top 6 never looked troubled in their stay in the middle and credit should be given to Bangladesh for striking at regular intervals whenever a partnership started to blossom. Mortaza didn't have a good day with the ball but he was very inspirational in marshaling his troops. Mustafizur and Saifuddin provided timely breakthroughs and were the pick of the bowlers. Their fielding was also up to the mark, catching most of the chances coming their ways and overall it's a dream start to their World Cup campaign.
It was a strong batting show by Bangladesh first up to post a big total on the board. Shakib and Rahim played crucial parts with their record century stand and then the late flourish from Mahmudullah powered them to a total which proved to be 21 too many for South Africa.
Bangladesh have thumped South Africa in their tournament opener. What an outstanding result for the Bangla Tigers! Shouldn't be counted as an upset to be fair. A clinical performance. Kudos to them. Kudos to Mashrafe Mortaza, the skipper. Some smart captaincy, some smart bowling changes and the result is there to cherish.
33 needed off the last over. Impossible task to achieve mainly with two tailenders in the middle.
Imran Tahir walks in. Could be the last man in. Not sure Ngidi will bat.
Kagiso Rabada walks in as slowly as he possibly can. Is the match gone?
Mustafizur Rahman is back on. 7-0-44-1 so far.
Chris Morris arrives in the middle. He was very dismal with the ball and this is his chance now to make up for it. 79 needed off 43 balls.
Mohammad Saifuddin is back on again. Mashrafe utilizing his resources smartly. Not allowing the batsmen to settle down against a single bowler.
Shakib Al Hasan is back into the attack.
Mashrafe Mortaza is back on.
Powerplay 3 begins! A maximum of five fielders are now allowed outside the ring till the end of this match. 103 needed more. This is heading towards an interesting finish.
Andile Phehlukwayo is the new batsman.
Mohammad Saifuddin to bowl the last over of Powerplay 2.
OUT! The Fizz strikes again. JP Duminy has been given out lbw. He has a chat with his partner and then takes the DRS. Is height a factor here?
Mehedi Hasan is back on.
JP Duminy has joined Rassie in the middle.
Drinks break. Evenly poised at the moment although Bangladesh would like to feel that they are ahead in this match. South Africa bat deep but they will need to bat very carefully from hereon.
Mohammad Saifuddin is back into the attack.
Mustafizur Rahman is back into the attack.
Mehedi Hasan is back on from the other end.
Mosaddek Hossain replaces Mehedi into the attack.
Shakib Al Hasan is back on!
Rassie van der Dussen is the new man in.
Mehedi Hasan is back into the attack.
David Miller walks out at number 4.
Shakib Al Hasan with a change of ends.
Mossadek Hossain comes on to bowl now after the break.
Drinks break! This has been a solid start to the chase from South Africa even though they have lost Quinton de Kock. They are slightly behind the pace at the moment but with the power-hitters they have in their camp, they need to just concentrate on keeping wickets and getting closer. Bangladesh, on the other hand, will look to pick a couple of wickets quickly here which would really put them on top in this game! An exciting phase coming up now.
The wind has picked up here...
Mashrafe Mortaza is on now!
Powerplay 2 has been signaled! Now a maximum of 4 fielders can be placed outside the ring till the 40th over. Also, Shakib Al Hasan is brought on.
Faf du Plessis is the new man in. The skipper has to lead from the front here. South Africa need a big knock from him.
Mohammad Saifuddin is into the attack.
Mehedi Hasan will bowl with the other new ball.
We are back for the chase! Quinton de Kock and Aiden Markram are seen walking down the stairs and onto the field as the South African openers. They are followed by the Bangladesh team who head out to their positions. All in readiness, the brand new white ball is in the hands of Mustafizur Rahman. De Kock to face, with a slip in place. Let's play!