Bangladesh v South Africa, T20 tri-series, Harare June 19, 2012

Amla assault sets up big SA win


South Africa 209 for 3 (Amla 88*, Levi 37) beat Bangladesh 170 for 8 (Mushfiqur 50*, Peterson 2-16) by 39 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Results sometimes don't tell the whole story, and this one should not be read into too deeply, if only for the reason that South Africa and Bangladesh were not playing against each other. Instead, they were playing against themselves. South Africa's goals - to accumulate runs quickly and ensure their opposition was never in a position to do the same - were in stark contrast to Bangladesh's, whose main task was to see out their 20 overs after being obliterated when they were bowling.

If looked at from that perspective, both teams won and lost. South Africa made a score in excess of 200 and kept Bangladesh 39 runs away but were unimpressive and lazy with the ball. Bangladesh scored 170 and their captain, Mushfiqur Rahim, weighed in with a half-century. The one thing the teams had in common was butterfingers. South Africa dropped three catches and Bangladesh two as both teams showed signs of rustiness.

South Africa played the opening combination that was used in New Zealand - Richard Levi and Hashim Amla - and the duo immediately sank their teeth in. They posted 70 runs in a little over six overs, making Mushfiqur's hope of keeping South Africa below 160 seem nothing more than wishful thinking.

While Levi scored his runs through force, Amla, who hit his highest Twenty20 score, did it through finesse. Bangladesh had no answers. Ziaur Rahman gave them some respite when he removed Levi with a slower ball for 37 off 21 deliveries. Amla would have gone shortly after, but Mortaza put down a tough chance at short cover. Amla brought up his half-century with his first six of the innings, arguably the shot of the day, using his wrists to hit high over extra cover.

Albie Morkel was moved up to No. 4 but did not produce the expected fireworks. That Morkel did not deliver did not matter, because Amla continued to pepper the boundary. JP Duminy joined the plunder, pulling at will in the last over. Young Abul Hasan had little composure and sent down short ball after short ball to end a tough 20 overs for Bangladesh.

Bangladesh never looked up to chasing at a rate of 10.50 runs per over but did not disgrace themselves either. Mohammad Ashraful showed early intent against the short balls from Tsotsobe, cutting and pulling powerfully. Anamul Haque, who replaced the injured Tamim Iqbal, could not provide suitable company, getting caught at fine leg off a Marchant de Lange short ball.

Ashraful almost lost a second partner when Jahurul Islam edged a full ball from Morkel but the wicketkeeper Dane Vilas could not hold on as he dived to his right. After a 29-run stand in five overs, Ashraful eventually looked to force the pace but spliced a Tsotsobe short ball to a diving Amla at mid-on.

Bangladesh suffered a mini-collapse in the next over, when Jahurul tried to take on Robin Peterson but holed out to long-on, and Nasir Hossain top-edged to Morkel at third man. Peterson's double-wicket maiden contributed to his figures of 2 for 16.

At 49 for 4, it could have unravelled for Bangladesh but Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah did not allow that to happen. They had the luxury of facing the weakest bowler in South Africa's arsenal, Wayne Parnell, who bowled too short. The pair put on 61 runs before a Morkel slower ball accounted for Mahmudullah.

Mushfiqur hung around until the end as South Africa's bowlers seemed to interest and gave away runs, failing to control their lengths. He further irritated South Africa when he offered Tsotsobe a catch that the fielder let through for four. Mushfiqur reached 50 off the last ball of the innings, a full one from Parnell, which was driven for four. Bangladesh had seen out 20 overs, but it was a mismatch.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • roket on June 22, 2012, 14:59 GMT

    Rahan_fan: Better fast Bowlers? Shafiul has better average and econ rate than the bowler names for India you dropped. Umesh Yadav? How is he better? Shafiul has excellent numbers against NZ and PAK. Even against Zimbabwe, in 2010, your "better" fast bowler Yadav averaged 129!!! Shafiul's econ rate is better than Yadav's. Who is getting "mauled"? Do not think we will not look up the numbers to verify your claim. India does not have "better" fast bowlers. Shafiul can swing the ball quite well, ask the English players and others during the World cup, Shafiul averaged 33 with the ball and an econ rate of 5.16. The career econ rate of you superior bowler Yadav is over 6! And you mentioned Big named "Aaron" was missing in Asia cup line up? Since when did Varun Aaron become big name? He played 4 odi's, all in India. Just becuase he can bowl quick, you are claiming him a "big name"? You are proving how badly India lacks fast bowlers, if you claiming Varun Aaron is a big name!

  • Dave on June 22, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    They said Kallis wasnt good for T20 and teh same was said abt Amla. Look at this. Still am sceptical abt him being captain. Vice captain is his forte and batting is his talking.

  • Deepak on June 21, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    @Mukhter Hossain - India does have better FAST bowlers than your Hossains and Islams who get mauled every match. These BD bowlers can't swing the ball, can't bowl at 140+, moreover can't bowl accurately either. "does india have any pacer???" What is that statement supposed to mean? If you are asking for names of fast bowlers then here you go- Umesh Yadav, Varun Aaron, Parvinder Awana. All of them bowl 145+. You wouldn't have heard of them but you will sure do in the coming days more often.

  • Deepak on June 21, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    @SylhetiBangladeshiCricketExpert4u: Full strength in Asia Cup you said? LOL. Sehwag, Zaheer, Yadav, Aaron and not to forget Yuvraj to mention a few big names missing. And Mortaza dismisses Sehwag everytime? Like it doesn't matter if Sehwag throws his wicket away after smashing your bowlers. Check the records! Sehwag's ODI average against BD is 42.

  • Hira on June 21, 2012, 11:36 GMT

    I urge the bangladesh fans not to get hyped just because they've won a few matches by fluke over the last 12 years, and that too mostly against B and C sides.

  • Dummy4 on June 21, 2012, 9:07 GMT

    @Bruisers...whoops apologies misread the wrong statement I thought you said South Africa went to the semi finals and lost to Uruguay but they played earlier in group stages.

  • Aaquib on June 21, 2012, 3:21 GMT

    @Rahane-fan - Lol then in Asia cup India was With Their Full Strength Side and still they lost...dont tell me sehwag was not there...becoz itz indias matter we didnt tell india to drop sehwag....and Sehwags record against mashrafe is very poor...whenever these two Played in a Match Sehwag gets Dismissed by Mashrafe...Most of the time!u can check the records aswell

  • Dummy4 on June 21, 2012, 1:10 GMT

    @rahane-fan what's the problem in u?? at least they are better than any indian bowlers.... btw,does india have any pacer???

  • Deepak on June 20, 2012, 21:30 GMT

    @Mukhter Hossain: 2 best pacers?? Who are they LOL. Mortaza did play didn't he? If you say Islam or the Hossain guy are your two best pacers, I can't help but ROFL.

  • Deepak on June 20, 2012, 21:17 GMT

    @SylhetiBangladeshiCricketExpert4u - It was a 'C' side that India sent which was captained by Raina. And that tour came immediately after a hectic season of IPL and WT20. As a matter of fact, Sri Lanka also lost a game to Zimbabwe on that series. Keep in mind India never fields a full strength side against minnows like Ban, Zim. All in all, Zimbabwe has been far more competitive than Bangladesh against India in the past.

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