South Africa vs Bangladesh 23rd ICC World Cup 2023 match at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. The match is played by South Africa vs Bangladesh at 2 pm on 24 October Tuesday.
South Africa 382 for 5 beat Bangladesh 233 by 149 runs
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In the realm of cricket, South Africa continues its relentless dominance, leaving a trail of fallen opponents in its wake whenever they stride to the crease first. In the recent clash, it was Bangladesh who bore the brunt, succumbing to a staggering 149-run defeat at the hands of a formidable South African squad.
The architect of this cricketing spectacle was none other than Quinton de Kock, whose sublime 140-ball 174 propelled South Africa to an imposing total of 382. Adding fuel to the fire in the final onslaught was Heinrich Klaasen, who blazed a trail with a blistering 90 off 49 balls, propelling South Africa to a remarkable 144 runs in the last 10 overs.
Bangladesh, in their pursuit, never found solid footing, falling victim to South Africa’s relentless bowling attack, where all five bowlers contributed with wickets, a recurring theme in this tournament.
Opting to bat first, South Africa encountered initial challenges as Bangladesh successfully contained de Kock and Reeza Hendricks. The early dismissals of Hendricks and Rassie van der Dussen by Shoriful Islam and Mehidy Hasan Miraz, respectively, left South Africa teetering at 36 for 2 by the eighth over. The early signs did not hint at the run extravaganza that unfolded later in the game.
Yet, the duo of Aiden Markram and de Kock, arguably the tournament’s most in-form batters, gradually turned the tide in South Africa’s favor. Meticulously maneuvering the spinners, they gradually dismantled Bangladesh’s hopes of taking wickets.
The strategic stalemate played into South Africa’s hands, allowing their powerful lower order to flex their muscles, and soon enough, the boundaries started flowing. The hundred-run milestone was breached in the 21st over, with the 100-partnership notching up in the 26th. De Kock approached his century, while Markram had already secured a half-century, solidifying South Africa’s commanding position on the scoreboard.
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Even the dismissal of Markram, who mistimed an inside-out aerial drive off Shakib, appeared to play into South Africa’s hands. Enter Klaasen at the opportune moment with 20 overs remaining, allowing him to settle in before the planned onslaught in the death overs. With a solid foundation laid, his aggressive intent was evident from the get-go, exemplified by a pulled six off Shakib on his fourth ball. Meanwhile, de Kock continued his stellar form, notching up his third century in this World Cup.
At this juncture, South Africa dictated the proceedings, amassing runs at will and orchestrating the game entirely on their terms. However, the ruthless efficiency displayed against England was yet to fully materialize.
By the end of the 37th over, they had just crossed the 200-run mark. What ensued, though, mirrored the onslaught England experienced at the same venue three days prior.
Klaasen signaled South Africa’s transition into sport mode with a powered six and a four off Hasan Mahmud. De Kock, not to be outdone, unleashed an onslaught against the Bangladesh captain in a single over, smashing two fours and two sixes, accumulating 22 runs.
De Kock’s monumental 150 and an additional 17 runs in the subsequent over propelled South Africa past the 300-run mark. While de Kock missed out on a double hundred, departing for 174 with a catch to a deep backward point, the arrival of Miller ensured the onslaught persisted.
As Bangladesh found themselves bombarded by a barrage of boundaries, they appeared bereft of strategies, merely going through the motions, eager to conclude the innings. The last five overs witnessed a staggering 73 runs, and although Klaasen fell short of another century, his contribution ensured the target set for Bangladesh was well beyond reach.
Bangladesh’s pursuit of the colossal total never ignited the spark it needed. The initial approach lacked the fervor expected from a side tasked with chasing down such a mammoth score, and the formidable quality of South Africa’s fast bowling further restricted their momentum.
A fleeting moment of acceleration came in the sixth over with a couple of boundaries off Lizaad Williams, but any budding hope was swiftly quashed by Marco Jansen. In the next over, Jansen orchestrated back-to-back dismissals, squeezing Tanzid Hassan and Najmal Shanto down the leg side to the wicketkeeper.
Shakib, grappling with a run drought in this tournament, continued to struggle. A poke at a delivery from Williams found its mark, and Klaasen, standing in for the cramped-up de Kock, executed a commendable grab, leaving Bangladesh reeling at 31 for 3.
South Africa, true to their tournament trend, diversified the wickets among their bowlers. Gerald Coetzee stepped into the limelight as Mushfiqur Rahim’s attempted carve found its way straight into the hands of deep third, courtesy of Coetzee. Rabada followed suit, trapping Litton Das in front, and Keshav Maharaj dismissed Mehidy as Bangladesh stumbled to a precarious 81 for 6.
While the game seemed destined for a record defeat, Mahmudullah injected a dose of resilience. Initially not even in Bangladesh’s World Cup squad, he emerged as the lone batter displaying any semblance of comfort against the formidable South African attack. Mahmudullah exhibited confidence in taking on Jansen, both with the bat and in his demeanor, standing tall against the towering figure and giving as good as he got when confronted with a verbal barrage.
South Africa encountered a recurring challenge in this tournament disposing of the tail proved to be a stumbling block, a facet that might warrant reflection in their post-match analysis.
Similar to their encounters with England and Netherlands, the lower order of Bangladesh exhibited resilience, with Mahmudullah inching closer to a century as a sense of sloppiness crept into South Africa’s bowling and fielding. Mahmudullah masterfully controlled the strike, securing his third World Cup hundred with a deft nudge into the onside.
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However, this tail-end resistance, while commendable, served merely as a diversion from a match that South Africa had unequivocally and comprehensively dominated.
Coetzee, with a full, wide delivery, eventually got the better of Mahmudullah, and shortly thereafter, Williams delivered the finishing blow. Bangladesh ultimately succumbed for 233, propelling South Africa to the second spot on the points table while plunging Bangladesh to the bottom.