Bangladesh v South Africa, T20 tri-series, Harare

Amla assault sets up big SA win

The Report by Firdose Moonda

June 19, 2012

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South Africa 209 for 3 (Amla 88*, Levi 37) beat Bangladesh 170 for 8 (Mushfiqur 50*, Peterson 2-16) by 39 runs
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Hashim Amla on way to an unbeaten 88, Bangladesh v South Africa, Twenty20 tri-series, Harare, June 19, 2012
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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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Posted by r0ketman 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!

Posted by AllroundCricketFan 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.

Posted by Kohli--The_Messi_of_Cricket 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.

Posted by Kohli--The_Messi_of_Cricket 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.

Posted by Lord_Dravid 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by SylhetiBangladeshiCricketExpert4u 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

Posted by   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???

Posted by Kohli--The_Messi_of_Cricket 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.

Posted by Kohli--The_Messi_of_Cricket 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.

Posted by Bruisers on (June 20, 2012, 18:01 GMT)

@Ahmed Hussain - Man I am a soccer buff, and I know the difference between Ghana and South Africa. I am talking about the performance of South Africa - the hosts of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Check Wikipedia if you are so interested - "2010 FIFA World Cup Group A". Get the facts right please!

Posted by SylhetiBangladeshiCricketExpert4u on (June 20, 2012, 17:22 GMT)

@Lord_Dravid ....Plz Go and Check What Happened to India when they Toured Zimbabwe in 2010!! Lol got beaten twice and knocked out of triseries

Posted by Extraz on (June 20, 2012, 17:10 GMT)

@Lord_dravid...totally agreed wid whenever BD loses they starts comparing themselves to the major teams,they are no match to the major teams they still have a long way to go!

Posted by   on (June 20, 2012, 12:54 GMT)

Bangladesh is nothing in t20

Posted by Lord_Dravid on (June 20, 2012, 11:19 GMT)

Why are BD fans comparing their loss to india's losses? lol.. india is in a different league to BD so these comparisons are meaningless..when major teams lose or win against each other is ok, its part of sport and when they go through a rough patch it dosent suddenly make them a bad team...however BD isn't of international standards so it dosent make sense when they start comparing themselves to major teams..there's simply no match.

Posted by mabless on (June 20, 2012, 11:12 GMT)

what does football have anything to do with cricket. it was south africa that @bruisers is talking about, but it have nothing to do with the Proteas vs Bangladesh!

Posted by   on (June 20, 2012, 9:16 GMT)

@Bruisers...Correction the World Cup you were talking about was actually Ghana not South Africa :)

Posted by   on (June 20, 2012, 9:13 GMT)

Guys, let's put some light on IND A being thrashed severely by 10 wickets by WI A yesterday!!!! let's move to that thread to have a better look to the other on-going international cricket now!!! lots of Comedy on now-a-days...:-D...

Posted by satish619chandar on (June 20, 2012, 8:52 GMT)

@JG2704 : It isn't that BD knocked India out but they fetched the final berth for themselves.. If BD had beaten India in the final game and it is a "who wins goes thru", it is a knock out.. Winning one game in the middle isn't a knock out blow..

Posted by JG2704 on (June 20, 2012, 7:48 GMT)

Does Smith actually play much T20 for SA these days?

Posted by JG2704 on (June 20, 2012, 7:46 GMT)

@Lord_Dravid on (June 19 2012, 20:34 PM GMT) Was that the same Bangladesh that knocked your beloved India out of the Asia cup a few months ago?

Posted by superstar100 on (June 20, 2012, 7:46 GMT)

i think you can't judge a team by t20 match we all know SA is best side in the world on other hand BD is still facing problems to adjust good position in world cricket

Posted by Muhtasim13 on (June 20, 2012, 6:41 GMT)

@ Mukhter Hossain, South Africa also didn't have some of their best players in this match (Steyn, Morne Morkel, de Villers, du Plessis, Botha). So Bangladesh shouldn't be making excuses that they didn't have Shakib & Tamim.

Posted by jonesy2 on (June 20, 2012, 4:54 GMT)

one glaring concern for SA is the fact that parnell continues to be one of the most liable performers i have seen. how much does he have to fail in order for someone else to get the chance to succeed?

Posted by Philippe on (June 20, 2012, 3:27 GMT)

The only way left for this team to improve is that they keep playing friendly matches in domestic seasons of pakistan, India & SL.. otherwise they will keep on struggling.. I think if they play domestic teams of other asian teams it would be a good practice for both of them.. atleast then BD hv some chance to improve.. additionally I dont think absence of any missing players would have made any difference to the outcome of the matches which BD lost against ZIM or SA..

Posted by   on (June 20, 2012, 1:13 GMT)

@Bruisers bd dont have their best all rounder, best opener and 2 best pacer. bd is now a growing team,but at this stage if they pla sitting with 4 of their main player.. i dont think bd has a chance.....

Posted by FrenchCricketFan on (June 20, 2012, 1:12 GMT)

What is the big deal with some people about bangladesh and how they lost two games. I am european and from the comments posted for the two games, I dont see this kind of drum beating when other teams lose by the same margin. To me, their batting and spin bowling is okay , only fast balling is very bad. Once they find couple of decent pacers, they would be alright. Also, I heard that they dont have proper domestic structure in their country. If they build solid domestic structure they will improve soon.

Posted by   on (June 20, 2012, 0:59 GMT)

I have been watching Bangladesh team play ever since they earned Test status and started playing international games regularly. I hardly ever miss a game if I can view it live. The Bangladesh team fielding has been way below their own standard. It seemed like South Africa was playing against a local club in Bangladesh. Bangladesh lost against Zimbabwe also for poor fielding. Besides dropped catches, 4s were allowed too often too easily. Otherwise Bangladesh could have won the game against Zimbabwe and probably would have been more competitive against SA.

Posted by Bruisers on (June 19, 2012, 23:03 GMT)

@mashrurR - I beg to disagree with you on that. South Africa played 3 games in the 2010 FIFA WC. They drew Mexico 1-1 and beat the giants FRANCE 2-1. The only match they lost was against the eventual semifinalists Uruguay. So how were all games mismatched?

Posted by Bruisers on (June 19, 2012, 22:58 GMT)

Someone said this is Bangladesh's A team. Not quite sure how it becomes your A team if you have the same captain and only a couple of your 'big' players are missing. If you go by the same logic, then India always plays with an A team, resting some key players every series. I don't see any difference Shakib or Iqbal could have made to the outcome of this match..

Posted by   on (June 19, 2012, 22:32 GMT)

@Lord_Dravid-Far less comical than India's tour performance against England and Australia.

Posted by   on (June 19, 2012, 21:32 GMT)

Amla once again proved that classy batsmen can be successful in the shortest format of the game despite popular belief. No need to be a thumper or a T20 specialist to score at a SE of 160+. You can just do it in style instead.

Posted by Lord_Dravid on (June 19, 2012, 20:34 GMT)

I'm enjoying the latest of bangladesh cricket comedy..a very good show put on by them today like as ever.

Posted by Muhtasim13 on (June 19, 2012, 20:03 GMT)

@ mashrurR, just to point something out regarding your last line, China have been one of the leading medalists in the Olympics in the last few events =D

Posted by   on (June 19, 2012, 18:56 GMT)

this tournament is completely a preperation tournament for T20 world cup.... & thats for it is unofficial..... so, nothing to talk harsh... except zim, both bd ans sa selected an experimental team for each.... bd just checking their players who should play in the t20 wc 2012... thats it... nothng to talk more or criticize....

Posted by mashrurR on (June 19, 2012, 18:48 GMT)

almost every match that SA played in last football WC (held in SA) were mismatched. It is the first WC host nation not to reach 2nd round. Should FIFA let SA play further. and if FIFA doesn't let, what are that chances that SA football develop further?

another thing, 150 million people doesn't play the game, both team only gets 11 players each. If popln numbers had to do everything then China and India should be 1st and 2nd in next london olympic.

Posted by duncanmoo on (June 19, 2012, 18:45 GMT)

Poor from Parnel, and that last over could have been worse with the no-balls! Good to see Amla hitting the straps from the start, what a star.

Posted by SICHO on (June 19, 2012, 18:38 GMT)

People get over yourself, this Tri-Series is a chance for Zimbabwe and Bangladesh to showcase their skills against a top team. For SA its a chance to experiment, so dropped catches should be expected. Besides this is not SA's top squad

Posted by   on (June 19, 2012, 18:07 GMT)

BD A team playing without tamim, sakib, and two front line fast bowlers. no wonder of this result today bd players really played like minnows. thank you indian fan for the criticism. i m a bd cricket fan from dhaka if bd continue play like this i may give watching cricket. whats the point wasting my time when so called tigers play like chicken

Posted by k4zz on (June 19, 2012, 17:40 GMT)

Bangladesh are not going to anywhere with this kind of pacers. I don't understand why exactly abul hasan is in the team, his domestic stats are pretty poor especially the few t20 matches he has played. He has only about 15 matches in his whole career, let him have more experience. Mortaza is in pretty woeful form, while Nazmul, who I feel is quite a useful bowler in all formats should really be starting these matches. Rahim needs to be better captain, he has to analyse the situation, giving abul the last over was poor, the pacers had been destroyed and he still gave the kid the ball. He has alot of bowling option, should have let mahmudullah finish his overs, Nasir could have bowled. Batting was quite okay, yet I feel their openers need to give them that explosive start, Ash needs to play his attacking game when having a target such as this. I'll like to see them experiment with their batting lineup and have either Rahim or mahmudullah opening the batting.

Posted by Muhtasim13 on (June 19, 2012, 17:04 GMT)

SA was quite terrible with their fielding and bowling today. They dropped several catches and if I remember correctly, de Lange and Parnell gave away extra runs quite cheaply. Even then BD couldn't chase down the target. This really shows the vast difference in quality between the two teams

Posted by Philippe on (June 19, 2012, 16:59 GMT)

Its impossible to win for this ordinary team against a team like SA.. & that too on foreign soil where BD is supposed to not perform despite presence of any current player in their side.. they surely gonna take atleast 20 more years to come up to level of world cricket.. they are just ordinary.. winning against any test playing nation in 3-4 years doesn't solve the purpose for them..

Posted by   on (June 19, 2012, 16:47 GMT)

@ Ahmed Hossain Anamul Haque and Abul Hasan are quite new, you can not expect a new player to perform his full potential from day one .i think you follow world cricket closely. How Masrafe have performed today beside his bundle of experiences with missing two catches..this players are not consistent at all. how Musfiq did the same mistake not giving the last overs to his best bowlers in this match Zia and Mahmudullah. both had one over left. Same mistake he did in Asia cup finale. may be he forget..only Shakib, Tamim and Nasir can not perform each day...others should show some characters..

Posted by yoongguns on (June 19, 2012, 16:18 GMT)

No need to surprise here.. we all knew this...but SA looks C grade today without smith, AB, Kallis, Botha, Stayne, M morkal, Theron..missed out on players still did not cost them...good team go SAF......

Posted by samincolumbia on (June 19, 2012, 16:12 GMT)

This should go down as the mother of all upsets...SA beating Bangladesh!!

Posted by Musikahwa on (June 19, 2012, 16:09 GMT)

Bangladesh is fast running out of excuses. It does not make sense to me that a country of 150mill people, with cricket as the first sport can still be equated to a country like Zimbabwe considering all their problems. When the boycott in Zim Cricket happened, they had to take in school boys, literally. Cricket is not the first sport in Zim, its actually followed by a minority. There's only a pool base of 13mill people (population of Zim). Despite all this, Zim can still beat Bangladesh which shouldn't be a possibility considering all the facts highlighted above. This surely does not make sense......

Posted by zaman123456 on (June 19, 2012, 15:59 GMT)

I thought Amla would be dropped for the world t20 cup in expense of faf du plesis. but boy, Amla certainly can play a T20 inning, he didn't hit sixes like gayle but he did play some marvelous cricket shots..... headache now for SA selectors, will they decide Faf will play in middle order?

Posted by FrenchCricketFan on (June 19, 2012, 15:50 GMT)

Useless series for sa, they dont prepare t-20 wc playing against zim or ban. Not good fielding by sa though. Ban batting not bad but their big problem is fast balling. If they can manage to find couple of decent pacers , they would be alright. Poor captaincy by mushfiq - the last over where sa will hit hard to cross 200 mark , Mahmudullah should have been given instead of expensive abul hasan.

Posted by EnglishCricket on (June 19, 2012, 15:47 GMT)

No disrespect to Bangladesh but I was expecting a South Africa win in this game but though I couldn't catch a glimpse of this match as I was busy watching the ENG-WEST 2nd ODI match, judging from what I've read from the BAN-SOUTH T20 Scoreboard and views from the analysts, it looked liked that both teams were not playing to their 100% best and therefore a mismatch. Its good to see that the official players of Bangladesh Ashraful, Rahim, Mahmuddulah were playing to their full potential and gaining experience plus proving their class against this still strong looking South African side but from the Scorecard, it looks as though their inexperienced youngsters let them down. As for South Africa, its just really testing out and practising their skills but their bowling and fielding have been poor and the difference between the two teams was that South Africa had too much fire power in their batting and Bangladesh didn't. Anyway, South Africa should win this tournament with ease.

Posted by QingdaoXI on (June 19, 2012, 15:40 GMT)

Please tell Ashraful to play for team not for himself. If he starts playing to team automatically his performance will improve and it will also help ful for the team. This type of batting will again bring axe on him. My request Ashraful to you dont play for crowd but play for team. If u play for team crowds automatically follows you. Best of luck to Bangla brothers for next match hope they beat Zimbabwe by good margin.

Posted by   on (June 19, 2012, 15:36 GMT)

Well the only positive thing for Bangladesh was that they prevented South Africa getting the bonus point otherwise they would've struggled to progress to the finals but again the bowling and fielding performance was even worse compared to their first game. To be honest both teams played awfully and like the article has mentioned was a clear mismatch. I don't understand why fellow Bangladeshi fans are saying Anamul Haque and Abul Hasan are talented because clearly they're not especially the bowler Abul Hasan who in my opinion, cost Bangladesh the chance of winning even before they started to bat, he was just too expensive with far too many short deliveries and will not select him again for a long while. Ziaur Rahman is a handy player for Bangladesh and will consider taking him in Sri Lanka but the best of them is that the senior or experienced Bangladeshi players have performed fairly well against this still strong South African lineup so nothing to worry about.

Posted by   on (June 19, 2012, 15:21 GMT)

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