Bangladesh's hopes of making it to the knock-out stage were shattered when they were forced into meek submission, crashing to a 206 runs defeat by South African in a match played at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur.
A solid start from Captain Graeme Smith and Hashim Amla topped up by a blistering bowling from Lonwabo Tsotsobe (Man of the Match) and Robin Peterson spelt doom for the co-hosts. It was South Africa day all the way; they won the toss and opted to bat first. Smith and Amla maneuvered the powerplays clinically, dealing in singles and doubles with occasional boundaries whenever a loose delivery was in the offing. Their partnership yielded 98 runs before Smith (45) was stumped by Mushfiqur Rahim off Mahmudullah. Amla (61) departed a few overs later when he attempted a cut shot off Abdur Razzak but instead an inside edge led the ball to dislodge his bails.
Jacque Kallis and JP Duminy then took over, and slowly steadied the run rate that was under heavy attack from choking spinners. Duminy (17) didn't last as much as he would have wished as he was dismissed in the thirtieth over when he was caught behind off Rubel Hossain. His successor Faf du Plessis together with Kallis went on to form a strong partnership at that stage of the inning, amassing 82 runs before it was broken in the forty-fifth over with the dismissal of Kallis (69) by Shakib Al Hasan.
Kallis departed after setting the Proteas on a solid ground at 223-4. Shakib Al Hasan quickly dismissed the new man Morne Van Wyk (5) after facing just 5 balls. Johan Botha and Robin Peterson made 12 and 22 respectively to help their team post a challenging total for Bangladesh. A prolific spell from Rubel Hossain saw South Africa batsmen failing to make the best out of their last overs as he dismissed three of them starting with Faf du Plessis (52), in the forty-eighth over; and then Botha and Wyne Parnell (0) who fell in the last over of their inning. Peterson and Lonwabo Tsotsobe (4) remained not out.
In reply, the Bangladeshis were never given a chance to take off. Their score card looked pathetic with all their willow men not lasting long enough to make a double figure score, save for their captain Shakib Al Hasan who made 30 runs. They were rattled early when their opener Tamim Iqbal was dismissed in the fourth over after he was caught behind by van Wyk off Tsotsobe. It was a faint inside edge and the umpire didn't agree with South Africans who went up in a hearty appeal. Smith decided to go to a review and stood vindicated.
Tsotsobe, who missed the other World Cup matches for South Africa, was on fire. He clean bowled the other Bangladesh opener Imrul Kayes (4) a few overs later and dismissed his successor Shahriar Nafees (2) in the eighth over. Before then, Botha had lodged an angling ball onto the pads of Junaid Siddique for LBW but Siddique thought the umpire was harsh and went for a review. Surely, it was a clean LBW.
After Tsotsobe was withdrawn for a change, Peterson took over. His spin got no answers from Bangladesh batsmen, four of who fell cheaply during his spell to deny Bangladesh any little hope of upsetting the might Protease. His victims were Mushfiqur Rahim (3), Shakib, Naeem Islam (8) and Shafiul Islam (0), both of who were clean bowled. Imran Tahir who missed a few games due to injury also rewarded himself with a wicket, that of Razzak. In the end it was a dream sunk as the Tigers were sent packing for just 78 in 28 overs.
Brief Scores: South Africa 284-8 (Kallis 69, du Plessis 52, Amla 51, Rubel 3-56) beat Bangladesh 78 all-out in 28 overs (Shakib 30, Rubel 8 n.o, Naeem 8, Peterson 4-12) by 206.
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