Bangladesh v South Africa, T20 tri-series, Harare June 22, 2012

Bangladesh win with a ball to spare


Bangladesh 131 for 7 (Ashraful 40, Parnell 2-18) beat South Africa 129 for 7 (Ontong 41, Sunny 2-21) by three wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Bangladesh pulled off a thrilling coup to stay alive in the tri-series, handing South Africa a second successive defeat in Harare. Their slew of spin bowlers restricted South Africa to a below-par total in almost subcontinent conditions before Bangladesh's batsmen, led by Mohammad Ashraful and Mahmudullah, chased it down in nervy fashion.

South Africa chose to bat but found the going tough on a slow, sticky pitch. Mushfiqur Rahim quickly realised spin was his most potent weapon and used all his options. South Africa were tied down by both left-arm and offspinners. In contrast, Bangladesh were able to score more easily against an inconsistent South African attack that gave away eight wides and two no-balls despite not having many to defend.

Chasing 130, Junaid Siddique, who replaced Tamim Iqbal at the top of the order, had a short stay. He scored 5 before top-edging Marchant de Lange to third man. Ashraful, however, played an uncharacteristically mature innings to steer the chase.

Ashraful took on left-arm spinner Robin Peterson and scored three boundaries in his second over, showing off the cut, drive and sweep. Then followed a bizarre over from Marchant de Lange, which cost 18 runs. It contained five wides, a short delivery that Anamul Haque pulled for four, a yorker that had Anamul lbw, a peach of an outswinger, and two half volleys that Ashraful hit for four.

De Lange's over was illustrative of the entire South African attack, which bowled some unplayable deliveries and some very poor ones. They were guilty of two lengths, too short and too full. But the spin of Peterson and Faf du Plessis, as well as an improved showing from Wayne Parnell, kept them in the game until the final over.

Ashraful and Mushfiqur added 41 runs for the third wicket and put Bangladesh ahead. Parnell muscled South Africa back into the contest when Mushfiqur gloved an attempted hook and was caught behind, and Nasir Hossain was caught at fine-leg playing the same shot in the same over.

Du Plessis stemmed the run flow and Ashraful gave it away on 40, when he hit the ball to Chris Morris at long-on. Mahmudullah had to calm Ziaur Rahman, with whom he shared a 40-run stand for the sixth wicket, and guide Bangladesh to the end. He did not complete the job, though, falling when six runs were needed.

Farhad Reza caused some late jitters when he hit a full toss to deep midwicket but Rahman was on hand to achieve the target.

South Africa had needed a batsman in the mould of Ashraful or Mahmudullah but their line-up was uncomfortable from the start of their innings.

Du Plessis, a replacement for Richard Levi, opened the batting with Hashim Amla for the first time in the tournament but could not replicate his good IPL form. He lost composure when he tried to hit an Elias Sunny slower-ball over long on but got a leading edge to Rahman at mid-on. Bangladesh prised open the South African line-up thereafter, using the turn to their advantage. Colin Ingram offered Mahmudullah a return catch and Amla was run out two balls later. Apart from overthrows, the fielding kept South Africa boundary-less during those five overs when three wickets fell.

Nasir Hossain got his first bowl of the tournament and Justin Ontong decided he was the man to target. He slog swept Hossain for six, the only one of his 56-run partnership with Farhaan Berhardien. Ontong ushered Behardien through the middle period by finding singles but by the 16th over, South Africa had not reached 100 and Ontong decided to have a go.

He looked to hit Rahman across the line but came too far down the pitch and was easily stumped. South Africa lost a wicket in each of the next three overs and only Peterson's last-over charge took them past 120, which proved to be too little.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • Love on June 24, 2012, 4:50 GMT

    @FrenchCricketFan - thanks for being logical :)

  • Love on June 24, 2012, 4:47 GMT

    @Ahmed Hussain Thank you bro, You have just stole my words. I been wondering about the same thing as well. this guys hates BD like anything.

  • Dave on June 23, 2012, 22:48 GMT

    As a european I dont know much about ban cricket but It is obvious to the cricket world both from this series and the recent asia cup that ban has made impovement. They are not minnow anymore and definitely they are not a big team yet. So what is the big deal about sa giving them 20 runs extra in this game ? Had shakib and tamim played instead of anamul and junaed they probably would have finished the game earlier even if sa didnt hand them extra runs. Those folks who consistently say things like ban not fit for international cricket and ban team is below afganestan, kenya, holland, ireland , bhutan etc are simply showing pathetic sore grudge against their neighbor nation. I think if they find couple of decent pacers they would be alright. Their big problem is pace balling. shafiul and rubel not good, mortaza often expensive, perhaps forhad reza with proper training would become a handy t20 pacer.

  • roket on June 23, 2012, 20:22 GMT

    @lord_dravid: 6 players from SA team who lost to BD was in the team that beat India's full team captained by Dhoni in March of this year, please look it up. Your statement that SA did not field a proper team only makes India's loss earlier this year look that much worse! And needing 20 extras to help them win the match??? what is that supposed to mean? India's win over Australia in WC QF included 21 extras. So India needed 21 extras to beat AUS. India needed 23 extras to beat WI by 1 wicket, barely by the skin of their teeth in their home soil Cuttack in 2011! So what is your point exactly? Should we say India is not of international standard because of these extras? Please let me know what the argument is here, so I can intelligently counter the argument!:-)

  • Rezaul on June 23, 2012, 20:12 GMT

    @Lord_Dravid, Bangladesh did not play Tamim, Shakib, Rubel, Shafiul these four first choice players. So, definitely this is not a the strongest Bangladeshi team. Just to remind you, Bangladesh defeated your team India badly in Asia cup and that was your full strength team with lord Sachin having century. So, according to you your team lost to a team who dont belong to international?? Shame on your team then. Just a simple request, stand in front of mirror and look at your own face. By the way, is Dravid still eating/drinking soup because of his broken jaw (broken at Mirpur by a non regular Bangladeshi bowler)?

  • Dummy4 on June 23, 2012, 19:34 GMT

    @Lord_Dravid...I'm just curious why do you hate Bangladesh Cricket so much? What did they do to you? I'm not a fan of the Indian Cricket Team but doesn't mean I hate them or the country so you need to be fair and honest. Yes Bangladesh are a weak team but they are improving and are now serious compared when they first started where I admit Bangladesh were a complete joke. But since 07 World Cup, we have seen a lot of improvements and you as well as I do know that one of the major reasons Bangladesh are not as strong as the top teams is simply due to the fact they have had full membership status for a mere 12 years. I know they have first played Cricket in 86 but Cricket matches for them were very limited barely even 3-4 matches a year. If you just remember recently India A lost to West Indies A by 10 wickets and West Indies are struggling in their tour to England so why the double standards? and yes of course India Cricket Team is better than Bangladesh Cricket Team.

  • Hira on June 23, 2012, 18:24 GMT

    It's pathetic to say that BD didn't also field a full strength team because they only didn't have shakib that's it, the rest of their players wouldn't have made a difference. There would've clearly been a mismatch if SA fielded a full strenght side. BD dosen't belong to the international arena, they can ocassionaly only win against B and C sides as history clearly shows. The fact that they needed 20 extras to help them win this match lends credance to the fact that they're not fit for international matches. This SA side was a second string side, and I think this was a just a practice match for some of their players in preparation for T20 world cup.

  • Sharosh on June 23, 2012, 15:29 GMT

    @Rahane-fan: Missing Smith, Levi, Kallis, de Villiers, Duminy, Botha, Steyn, Morkel, Theron, Tsotsobe doesn't mean SA is a poor team. SA players are expert in T20 cricket. They have at least 30 international quality T20 players., capable of beating any team. So, it's not an excuse by missing those players you mentioned. Bangladesh team doesn't have too many reserve players like SA, so missing Shakib and Tamim is a great loss for them.

  • roket on June 23, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    @Rahane_fan: Your analysis is misleading. Tamim is playing in a tournament, in the first game against Zim he top scored for BD with 38 at more than run a ball. He did not play against SA in the second game; how do you think his form can have anything to do with that? Then in the third game he played against Zim, and had a healthy strike rate of 118, he got run out (not caught, bowled or stumped) That is not a reflection of his form. The fact that he did not play against SA in both the games, but played against Zim in between the games with SA proves that it was not a form issue. If it was form, he would not have played against Zim either. If I am missing anything here, please enlighten me!:-)

  • roket on June 23, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    @rahane_fan: So you are saying more than 10 SA players (regulars) did not play against BD. That is interesting as 6 of the 11 players who played against BD, was on the team when SA beat India's full team captained by Dhoni less than 3 months ago in a T20 match!!! So did India lose to a South Africa A team according to your logic? The fact is, as I pointed out, 8 out of the 11 who played for SA yesterday, has represented SA in T20i This year, not five years ago, not last year; which makes them regular. Whether Tamim's form is suitable for BD is irrelevant, Tamim is one of the most experienced batsmen on BD side, and he is a "regular" player. His form is irrelevant because we did not need him to Beat SA. The fact is, and does remain, BD beat SA fair and square, in all departments. When will you guys accept it?

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