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South Africa Edges Out Bangladesh by Four Runs at T20 World Cup

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South Africa triumphed over Bangladesh by a slim margin of four runs in a thrilling low-scoring match at the T20 World Cup2024 on Monday. This close contest has reignited discussions about the suitability of the pitch at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York. South Africa, batting first, was restricted to 113-6, thanks to Heinrich Klaasen’s top score of 46 and a career-best performance by Tanzim Hasan Sakib, who took 3-18. In response, Bangladesh managed only 109-7, giving South Africa their third consecutive win in Group D.

South Africa’s Innings

Winning the toss and choosing to bat, South Africa faced early setbacks. Tanzim Hasan Sakib and Taskin Ahmed spearheaded Bangladesh’s attack, leaving South Africa struggling at 23-4.

Early Wickets

Tanzim’s brilliant spell started with the dismissal of Reeza Hendricks for a duck, followed by the prized wicket of Quinton de Kock, clean-bowled for 18. Taskin Ahmed then removed the South African captain, Aiden Markram, for just four runs. Tanzim continued his dominance by getting Tristan Stubbs out for a duck, caught by Shakib Al Hasan.

Middle Order Resilience

Heinrich Klaasen and David Miller then orchestrated a recovery, adding 79 crucial runs for the fifth wicket. Klaasen’s 46 off 44 balls included two fours and three sixes, providing some stability before he was bowled by Taskin in the 18th over. Miller contributed 29 off 38 balls, but was eventually bowled by Rishad Hossain, leaving South Africa at 102-6.

Final Overs

South Africa managed to add a few more runs, finishing at 113-6. The low total set the stage for a potentially thrilling chase by Bangladesh.

Bangladesh’s Response

Chasing a modest target of 114, Bangladesh also struggled against South Africa’s pace attack. At the halfway mark, they were 50-4, losing key wickets early in the innings.

Top-Order Collapse

Tanzid Hasan was the first to fall, dismissed by Kagiso Rabada for nine. Anrich Nortje then took the crucial wickets of captain Najmul Hossain Shanto and Shakib Al Hasan, both failing to reach significant scores. Keshav Maharaj added to Bangladesh’s woes by dismissing Liton Das for just nine runs in T20 World Cup2024.

Middle Order Resistance

Towhid Hridoy and the veteran Mahmudullah tried to stabilize the innings, putting together a 44-run partnership. Hridoy top-scored with 37 off 34 balls, including two fours and two sixes, before being trapped lbw by Rabada.

Final Overs Drama

In a tense finish, Bangladesh needed 11 runs off the last over. Keshav Maharaj kept his nerve, and despite the pressure, Bangladesh’s batsmen, Jaker Ali and Mahmudullah, fell trying to hit big shots. With six needed off the final ball, Taskin Ahmed managed only a single, handing South Africa a narrow victory.

Post-Match Reactions

Heinrich Klaasen acknowledged the challenging pitch, stating, “The wicket is not too great for strokeplay.” Bangladesh captain Shanto expressed disappointment, saying, “This is a match we should have won. In the last couple of overs they bowled well, but this can happen in cricket.”

Group D Standings and Future Prospects

With this win, South Africa is almost certain to advance to the Super Eight phase. Bangladesh, despite the loss, remains in contention with two points. Their next matches will be crucial in determining their fate in the tournament.

The match between South Africa and Bangladesh was a testament to the unpredictable nature of T20 cricket. Despite the low scores, the game provided plenty of excitement and showcased the talents of both teams. As the T20 World Cup2024 progresses, the performances on such challenging pitches will continue to be a focal point of discussions among players and fans alike.