Saturday, March 19, 2011

World Cup 2011 : Bangladesh vs South Africa...

Bangladesh took on South Africa at Mirpur in a must win match for them to qualify to next round. South Africa, however, having already qualified, decided to rest three key players, AB, Steyn & Morkel for Tsotsobe, Parnell &
Winning the toss, on a pitch which looked to get slow & spin as the match proceeds, South Africa decided to bat in first. Openers Amla & Smith settled down for a solid foundation & added 98 runs, when a sudden rush of blood cost Smith his wicket in the 21st over & then Amla, just after getting to his fifty, played on to Abdur Razzak, with the score at 107 for 2. Next man Duminy looked in good nick, but he too unnecessarily top edged a wayward bouncer to the keeper, with  score at 141 for 3 in 30 overs. However, Kallis in the middle kept cool & ensure that the Proteas don't fall in a heap, as the score reached 165 for 3 from 35 overs, at the drinks interval. 200 runs came in the 42nd over, as Kallis & du Plessis combined well in the middle. With Batting Powerplays yet to come, it was a good launching pad for the Proteas.Kallis however fell caught & bowled to Shakib ul Hasan for a workmanlike 69 off 76 deliveries, at the beginning of the Powerplays, with score at 223 for 4 in the 45th over. However, 52 runs came of the powerplays for the loss of 3 wickets, & a late flourish by Peterson, 22 off 9 deliveries, got the Proteas to a imposing total of 284 for 8 in 50 overs.

Bangladesh needed a flourish up the order to make any fight of the target. However, Tsotsobe, getting him first match in had other ideas. He tore into the Bangladeshi batting line up & snared 3 wickets for almost nothing, as the top order simply crumbled. In the 22nd over, Bangladesh were reeling at 58 for 6, with only Skipper Shakib waging a lone battle at one end. Once he got out for a well made 28 runs, the resistance did not last long, as the Proteas were very intent on the field, & Bangladeshi ordeal ended at 78 runs in 28 overs. It was a comprehensive victory for South Africa by 206 runs, as they ended the league games, topping the group with 10 points.
In bowling, Robin Peterson picked up 4 wickets for just 12 runs in 7 overs. For Bangladesh, it was the end of the road, but they surely have some positives to carry from the tournament.

Man of the Match : Tsotsobe for his brilliant 3 wickets for 14 from 5 overs, to destroy any Bangladeshi hope at the beginning of the innings. This was his first match of the tournament & he was bang on the target.       

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