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Tigers outplayed by Proteas

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 3 November, 2021 12:00 AM
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Tigers outplayed by Proteas
South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada (second to left) celebrates with teammates after the dismissal of Bangladesh’s Mohammad Naim (second to right) during the ICC Men’s Twenty20 World Cup match at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday. – AFP PHOTO

An ordinary batting effort by Bangladeshi batsmen saw them losing to South Africa by six wickets in their penultimate Super 12 match at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, UAE and it confirmed their elimination from the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup on Tuesday.

The Tigers had a narrow outside chance to book their place in the last four before the game as they needed to beat both South Africa and Australia convincingly in their last two matches and wait for the other match results to come in their favour.

However, their batsmen showcased a lacklustre performance with the bat to get bowled out for just 84 runs in 18.2 overs -- their third-lowest total in a T20 World Cup match – that effectively ended their chances in the match.

Bangladesh no. eight Mahedi Hasan made the highest 27 runs while Liton Das and Shamim Hossain, who scored 24 and 11 runs respectively, were the only three batsmen to reach doubt digit during their innings.

South Africa pacer duo Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje claimed three wickets each while left-arm chinaman Tabraiz Shamsi took two wickets in Bangladesh innings.

South Africa lost four wickets in the small run-chase but skipper Temba Bavuma made unbeaten 31 runs to ensure their reaching home, 86-4, safely in 13.3 overs and the win also brightened their chances to make it to the semifinal stage.

The Proteas are currently in the second position in Group 1 with three wins from four games while Bangladesh, who lost four games on the trot, are at the bottom in the group and will face Australia in their last game on Thursday in Dubai.

Bangladesh top-order had no clue against Rabada after the Proteas elected to field first as he sent back Mohammed Naim, for nine, and Soumya Sarkar, for nought, to be on a hat-trick.

Mushfiqur Rahim denied Rabada his third successive wicket on the first ball of his next over but got out three deliveries later without scoring.

Bangladesh suffered another double blow when Nortje claimed skipper Mahmudullah’s scalp for three and Afif Hossain fell to Dwaine Pretorius for a duck while trying to play him down the wicket in the first ball.

Bangladesh slipped to 34-5 and the wickets kept tumbling with Nortje and leg-spinner Shamsi sharing five wickets between them as South Africa wrapped up the Bangladesh innings with 10 balls to spare.

Taskin Ahmed returned with the figures of 2-18 to help his side reduce South Africa to 33-3 in 5.5 overs but Bavuma put the chase back on track with a 47-run stand with Rassie van der Dussen (22).

Nasum Ahmed got van der Dussen out after Shoriful Islam took a spectacular catch at mid-on but David Miller hit the winning boundary in the next over.

The victory also confirmed the Proteas remain invincible to Bangladesh in T20I format as they now beat the Tigers in all seven matches they played between them.