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Bangladesh v South Africa, Group B, World Cup 2011, Mirpur

Abject Bangladesh surrender meekly

The Bulletin by Abhishek Purohit

March 19, 2011

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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
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Lonwabo Tsotsobe celebrates after bowling Imrul Kayes, Bangladesh v South Africa, Group B, World Cup 2011, Mirpur, March 19, 2011
Lonwabo Tsotsobe scuttled Bangladesh's chase inside eight overs © Getty Images

Bangladesh were not favourites to win their virtual pre-quarterfinal against the might of South Africa, especially after the visitors breezed away to 284, but it was the meek manner of their abject batting surrender that would have jarred even their most faithful fans. Eight overs in to the tall chase, and the heart of their batting line-up had been ripped out by Lonwabo Tsotsobe, causing the substantial crowd at the Shere Bangla Stadium to quickly start dwindling. They never recovered from those initial blows, and all they managed was to beat their lowest total of 58 achieved against West Indies earlier in the tournament by 20 runs, before being put out of their misery by Robin Peterson's fourth wicket.

This was after South Africa came out blazing in the morning, and the solid base that the openers gave allowed Jacques Kallis and Faf du Plessis to consolidate and accelerate seamlessly, giving their spin-heavy attack a substantial cushion to stifle Bangladesh and bowl them to the top the group. That they did so with 206 runs to spare was a testimony to how the fight completely went out of Bangladesh, and also confirmed England's qualification for the knockouts.

It was not that South Africa's attack, minus Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel, held a lot of alarms. Tsotsobe did get enough bounce off the slow wicket to trouble the batsmen, and also got it to cut in from a very tight line outside off stump. But it was more a case of poor shot selection by the Bangladesh batsmen under the pressure of a big chase in a must-win game in front of a large home crowd. The first four dismissals were demonstrations of the various ways of how not to play on a low and slow wicket.

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  • The 206-run defeat is the second largest for Bangladesh in ODIs and their largest margin of defeat in World Cups. The previous highest margin of defeat in World Cups was the 198-run loss to Sri Lanka in 2007
  • This is Bangladesh's second score below 100 in World Cups. They now share the record for most team scores below 100 with Canada, Namibia and Ireland.
  • Bangladesh's 78 is their sixth-lowest score in ODIs and their lowest against against South Africa. Three of their top six lowest scores have come in Dhaka.
  • Bangladesh scored just seven runs in the bowling Powerplay which is the lowest score by a team in the bowling Powerplay in the tournament. The previous lowest was nine runs by Kenya against Sri Lanka.
  • Bangladesh have been much more poorer in ODIs in Mirpur than in the games played in Chittagong. They have been bowled out twice under 100 in Mirpur and average just 16. In Chittagong, they average 32.75 and score at a slightly higher run rate.
  • The 98-run stand between Hashim Amla and Graeme Smith is the 14th fifty-plus stand between the pair for the opening wicket in ODIs. They are behind the South African record of 21 fifty-plus stands which is jointly held by Herschelle Gibbs and Smith and Gibbs and Gary Kirsten.
  • Jacques Kallis became the highest run getter for South Africa in World Cups after going past Gibbs' tally of 1067 runs.
  • The win is South Africa's eighth by a margin of 200 runs or more in ODIs. It is also the third-largest margin of victory for South Africa in World Cups.
  • Robin Peterson's 4 for 12 is his best bowling performance in ODIs surpassing his 3 for 22 against England in Chennai.

Tamim Iqbal was too early into the pull off a short Tsotsobe delivery that was way outside off stump, and was caught behind off a healthy under-edge, as South Africa referred successfully after umpire Daryl Harper missed the deflection. Imrul Kayes shouldered arms to a full Tsotsobe delivery that cut back in to shatter the stumps. Graeme Smith had started with Johan Botha, and his suffocating lines had Junaid Siddique in absolute uncertainty, not sure whether to go back or forward, and he ended up being trapped in front by one that went straight on. Shahriar Nafees played on, driving in princely fashion from the crease to one that nipped back in slowly.

Bangladesh's chase was only eight overs old, and already their dream had caved in at 21 for 4. Mushfiqur Rahim pottered around for some time before being snapped up one-handed by an alert Smith at slip off Peterson. Before his dismissal, Bangladesh managed seven runs in the bowling Powerplay, the lowest in the tournament, trumping Kenya who had made nine runs against Sri Lanka.

Amid all the anti-climax, Shakib Al Hasan displayed his class, straight-driving and pulling Tsotsobe, and caressing and slashing the spinners for boundaries. There were loud cheers as Bangladesh passed 58 but Shakib departed soon after as Bangladesh's party rapidly came to a rude end. Peterson cleaned up the tail as Bangladesh lasted all of 28 overs to bring the curtain down on what was ultimately a chaotic campaign.

Bangladesh's struggles stood out against the contrasting approaches of Hashim Amla and Graeme Smith, which had worked perfectly for South Africa at the top as the duo batted their way to a 98-run opening stand. It was fascinating to see how the openers went about tackling the spinners in their different styles. While Amla allowed the ball to come to him, and played it as late as possible off the back foot, Smith was very eager to push forward and use his feet frequently in an attempt to meet the ball early.

Amla carried on in the nonchalant fashion that has made him the world's most prolific one-day batsman of late. Anything marginally short was quickly dispatched, even against the turn. Smith was uncertain to start with, but Bangladesh helped him settle the nerves with a couple of freebies on leg stump that he happily put away past short fine leg.

It was only after the drinks break that the openers lost their cool and their wickets. JP Duminy followed and at 141 for 3 with 20 overs to go, Bangladesh were in it. But Kallis and du Plessis started milking the singles calmly. Only four boundaries were hit in the next 12 overs but South Africa still scored at five an over. The duo added 82 risk-free runs inside 15 overs as the Bangladesh attack struggled for penetration.

Peterson did not let South Africa miss the seventh batsman they had left out, clattering 22 in nine deliveries as 83 came off the last eight overs. Even though wickets tumbled late, there was enough spunk in Peterson and Botha to lift South Africa to 284. It turned out to be much more than sufficient for a Bangladesh outfit that finally lost the spark that had made it come back strongly twice in the tournament after crushing losses to West Indies and India, with wins over England, Ireland, and Netherlands.

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Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by Dummy4 on (March 22, 2011, 9:31 GMT)

Millions said "Go Tigers Go".. Seems like they took it literally and "going away" from the world cup silently.. ;)

Posted by Manesh on (March 22, 2011, 3:31 GMT)

@Abhijit Kothari Your wish come true!!!...congrats... :P

Posted by Bharat on (March 21, 2011, 11:19 GMT)

Well done SA! good they gave chance to tso and parnell so that if one or two gets injured then these guys can do it, so well planning, I think If AB is fully fit then he should keep wicket and ingram should come in place of morne wyke. My SA eleven for next three matches, Smith,Amla,Kallis,AB,JP,Ingram,Plesis,Peterson,steyn,Morkel,Tahir. Watch Out for AB he will be man of the Cup,My guts sayas that this time belongs to only SA.Smith will make runs now onwards.My prediction for Semi IND V PAK, SL v SA. and final will be PAK Vs SA. Winner will be SA.Mark my words.GO SA GO I am with u.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 21, 2011, 6:54 GMT)

Bangladesh had dissappointed more because given their performance in this World cup They given example for competing strong only with non-associated nation were as their victory over Associated ones is still considered upset even by thier fans

Posted by ataur on (March 21, 2011, 4:38 GMT)

Sakib AND Tamim are good batsman for small country like Zimbabue, Kaneya, Ireland , and New Zeland. But not good for big match or big event. Sakib is a captain why he never support our great players like Aftab, Ashraful , Alok who are middle order and allrounder. You guys see Tamim, Imrul, Zunied, Shahrier Nafees all are oppening batsman Why play all in one match? Please work for our middle order and allrounder in Australia matchs. And most important please look Alternative Wicket keeping Batsman, never depend on Mushfiq , he already played lot of matches but nothing.

Posted by V.L on (March 20, 2011, 21:57 GMT)

@Abhijit Kothari India is not Bangladesh mate. As you have seen today. Aussies brace yourselves. Here come the new champs!

Posted by Andrew on (March 20, 2011, 20:15 GMT)

Poor performance with the bat by the Bangas. Twice being bowled out for under 80 is pretty weak. The Bangas will have to do a lot of work in the nets for the next couple of months as punishment!

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 20, 2011, 17:30 GMT)

the first lbw decission which was later declaired as not out turned the match and made SA scoring 284 and the cought behind of Tamim Iqbal which was again not at all an out as the ball didn't touch the bat was the 2nd turning point which left BD colloups during the match...its such a shame that umpires can also be sooo much irresponsible in such a crutual match...they may b took BD verry lightly

Posted by Peter on (March 20, 2011, 8:07 GMT)

Something nobody seems to understand, SA has a full 15 man squad, any of whom can play well. SA was through to the QF, they needed to see how the reserve guys would do, else what happens if Steyn or Morkel is injured? they needed to see who is best to replace them, Tsotsobi or Parnel. SA has probably the best depth in the competition. The only failure has been Van Wyk, so expect to see AB De villiers back behind the stumps from here on.

Posted by Girik on (March 20, 2011, 7:20 GMT)

SA didn't have De Villiers, Steyn or Morkel but they still beat Bang by 206 runs. I still think they took the game seriously otherwise you won't win the game by that margin. If anything this shows that there is a HUGE gap between the teams.

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