Bangladesh pulled off a stunning 21-run victory over South Africa in their ICC Cricket World Cup fifth match played at The Oval in London yesterday.
Bangladesh hammered a massive 330 for six from their 50 overs after they were put into bat and South Africa in reply ended up with 309 for eight from their 50 overs.
Skipper Francois du Plessis hit a top score of 62 from 53 deliveries inclusive of one six and five boundaries.
Mustafizur Rahman was the most successful bowler for Bangladesh with excellent figures of three for 67 from his 10 overs while Mohammad Saifuddin captured two wickets for 57.
Earlier, Bangladesh posted their highest one-day international score as ferocious hitting from Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib al Hasan took them to 330 for six from their 50 overs.
Mushfiqur made 78 from 80 balls and Shakib’s 75 came from 84 balls as the pair also combined in a 142-run partnership.
That was Bangladesh’s highest World Cup stand and set the stage to beat their previous highest ODI total of 329 for six against Pakistan in 2015.
Tamim and Soumya, who hit five fours in six balls at one point, brought up their 50-run partnership in just seven overs.
In his first over, South Africa’s Andile Phehlukwayo broke the partnership with 60 on the board when he induced an edge from Tamim that was held by wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock.
Soumya had made a dazzling 42 in 30 balls when his aggression got the better of him with a miscued hook off Chris Morris that was well caught by the diving de Kock.
With part-time bowlers Aiden Markram and J. P. Duminy filling in for the absent Ngidi and Dale Steyn sidelined again by a shoulder injury, South Africa’s bowling attack was hardly threatening as Shakib reached his 50 with ease.
Imran Tahir delivered a desperately needed breakthrough on his 100th ODI appearance, the 40-year-old spinner breaking the 142-run stand when he bowled the sweeping Shakib.
Mushfiqur perished after a risky slog off Phehlukwayo to leave Bangladesh on 250 or five in the 43rd over.
But after going six overs without a boundary, Bangladesh finished their innings with a flourish thanks to powerful stroke-play from Mahmudullah Riyad (46 not out) and Mosaddek Hossain (26). -(Agencies)