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World Cup 2011 – South Africa vs Bangladesh: South Africa Send Bangladesh Crashing Out Of World Cup

By on March 19, 2011

South Africa 284 for 8 (Kallis 69, du Plessis 52, Amla 51, Rubel 3-56) beat Bangladesh 78 (Shakib 30, Peterson 4-12, Tsotsobe 3-14) by 206 runs…

In an all-or-nothing match to keep their World Cup hopes alive, Bangladesh exited the tournament with a whimper as South Africa thrashed the co-hosts by 206 runs at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.

Chasing an imposing target of 285 to win, only skipper Shakib Al Hasan, who scored 30, reached double figures as Bangladesh was bundled out for a paltry 78 in 28 overs with Robin Peterson (4-12), clean bowling Naeem Islam. This is now Bangladesh’s lowest score against South Africa beating the 93 at Birmingham in September 2004; apart from being the Tigers’ heaviest defeat in World Cups.

This was also Bangladesh’s second score below 100 in the World Cup, after being bundled out for 58 by West Indies earlier in the tournament.

Bangladesh was never in the hunt after Lonwabo Tsotsobe (3-14), playing his first match of the tournament, ripped the heart out of the top-order when he dismissed Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes and Shahriar Nafees to reduce the co-hosts to 21 for 4 after eight overs. There was no way back for Bangladesh after this early collapse and then Peterson got into the act to round off a good day after playing a cameo unbeaten knock of 22 towards the end of South Africa’s innings. For good measure, Imran Tahir, coming back into the South African side after recovering from his finger injury, also got a wicket and looked in full control in his five-over spell.

South Africa’s thumping victory means India, England and West Indies have qualified for the quarter-finals, but the final positions in Group B will be determined after the last match tomorrow between India and West Indies at Chennai.

Earlier, half-centuries from Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis and Faf du Plessis, helped South Africa post 284 for 8 after Proteas’ captain Graeme Smith elected to bat. Smith and Amla added 98 runs for the first wicket to get South Africa off to the perfect start in cloudy conditions on a slow and low track. South Africa’s opening batsmen didn’t hit too many boundaries, but rotated the strike well as the pair kept the scoreboard ticking over. In fact, that was the theme of the South African innings, find the boundaries when you can, but take the ones and twos and rotate the strike. In all, there were 136 dot balls, 122 singles, 27 boundaries and two sixes in the Proteas’s innings.

Mahmudullah gave Bangladesh the first breakthrough when he had Smith (45) stumped by Mushfiqur Rahim and when Amla, who had played well for his 51, played on to a Abdur Razzak delivery soon after, the co-hosts were in with a real chance of coming back into the match. Jacques Kallis and JP Duminy then got the South African innings back on track, but just when the southpaw was looking good to continue his good form in the World Cup, Rubel Hossain had him caught behind with the Proteas 141 for 3 after 30 overs.

Kallis then found an ally in du Plessis and the pair added 82 runs in 87 balls for the fourth wicket as they took advantage of some sloppy Bangladeshi fielding and found the boundaries occasionally, but rotated the strike without too much fuss. Kallis got to his 82nd one-day international and ninth World Cup century off 64 balls, but just when he looked all set to break loose, Shakib caught him off his own bowling in the 45th over; shortly after the batting power play was taken.

Du Plessis then survived a review for caught behind two deliveries after Kallis’s dismissal, before reaching his second ODI half-century with a six and two boundaries in the 46th over bowled by Razzak. Though Morne van Wyk and du Plessis were dismissed soon after, Peterson hit some lusty blows to get South Africa to an imposing total, which was always going to be beyond Bangladesh’s reach. Bangladesh’s spin attack of Shakib, Razzak, Naeem and Mahmudullah bowled 37 overs between them and kept things tight in the middle overs, but the most successful bowler was Rubel who took 3-56 in his eight overs.

Source: Yahoo Cricket

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