Gone are those days when a defeat against Bangladesh was called as upset this is a new and improved version of Bangladesh. This shows how much Bangladesh’s cricket has improved over the past decade. Considering Bangladesh reached the quarterfinals in the previous edition of the tournament and now this win against the mighty Proteas they announce them self that they are not a team to be taken lightly in this tournament.
Meanwhile, the condition of South Africa has gone from bad to worse. They had already lost the match against England with this they lost both their matches and they play inform India in their next match. If South Africa don’t win against India in their next fixture it will difficult for them to make it to top four.
Coming to match details Bangladesh won the toss and choose to bat first and posted a total of 330/6 in 50 overs with the collective effort from all their batsmen. South Africa was restricted to 309/8 in their 50 overs falling 21 runs short of Bangladesh.
Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh was awarded man of the match for his collective efforts with both bat and ball.
Now let’s have a look at what both captains had to say after the match.
Faf du Plessis | Losing skipper: Obviously today didn’t go according to plan. Lungi (Ngidi) getting injured wasn’t ideal at the start of the campaign. 330 was over par, and every one chipped in with the bat, but all in all it wasn’t ideal from us. The thinking at the toss, after speaking to the groundsman, was that there would be a lot of pace and bounce. Against a subcontinental side, if they do get runs on the board, they can squeeze you. But in hindsight, we would have changed that. To go for that many runs, even without Lungi, wasn’t ideal. We have to take that on the chin. At the 45-over mark, I looked up at the screen and we were at the same stage, and it shows that we were really bad in the last five overs. We came here with the fast bowling attack that we wanted to have. Lungi has a hamstring injury, so I’m not sure how serious it is because usually hammies are a few days or a week off. Dale is bowling in the middle now, so hopefully there’s some good progress. It is definitely not getting easier for us. South Africa is a very proud sporting nation. The skills weren’t there today but I promise there will be a lot of fight. We are firing at about 50-60 percent at the moment and it shows that even Bangladesh can beat that on any day.
Mashrafe Mortaza | Winning skipper: The first match always sets the tone. We have been positive, won in Ireland and the momentum helped us set the tone here. After the toss, I had a doubt whether to bat or to bowl first. But it was a used wicket in the last match and we thought that batting first isn’t a bad option. The batsmen batted really well, especially Soumya (Sarkar) at the start. Mushy (Rahim) batted really well; he plays these kind of innings with high strike-rates, so did Shakib and then Mahmudullah and Mosaddek finished it really well. But I have to give credit to Soumya for laying the platform. I knew it was a good wicket to bat on and we knew that we had to bowl in the right areas to get wickets. I kept changing the bowlers and the good thing was that we got wickets at every stage. The spinners bowled really well and then set it up for Fizz (Mustafizur) and Saifuddin. A big crowd was behind us, and hopefully we are expecting them to come back in our next match in the same way. We are expecting the same thing, even the people watching us back home are expecting us to win and hopefully we’ll do well.