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South Africa’s dominance after batting first in the 2023 World Cup continued as they walloped a lacklustre Bangladesh side at the Wankhede Stadium on Tuesday.
Having crushed England at the same venue in their last game, South Africa raced away to a 149-run victory over Bangladesh to grab the second spot in the points table.
The victory was set up in a very similar manner to the way they had defeated England.
South Africa batted first, set up a good base for the final 10 overs and then teed off to score aplenty in the final Powerplay.
And they then made the chase completely out of their opponent’s reach by bowling half the Bangladesh side out for 58 in response.
A late fight shown by Mahmudullah took Bangladesh over 200 which had looked nigh impossible at one point but that was all that they managed.
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) October 24, 2023
Having experienced the Mumbai weather in their England match, South Africa were quick to opt to bat first after winning the toss.
Quinton de Kock, who had come into this match with two centuries to his name in the tournament, took his time to get going. More so after he lost his opening partner Reeza Hendriks and number three Rassie van der Dussen with the score reading just 36.
Fortunately for de Kock, he had an able companion in Aiden Markram and they added 131 for the third wicket in quick time.
Still, Bangladesh might not have been prepared for the carnage that was to follow soon after.
The other in-form batsman of the tournament, Heinrich Klaasen joined hands with de Kock and the duo sped away with 142 runs from a mere 14.3 overs. And even after de Kock missed a sure double-century in a bid to up the ante, Klaasen and David Miller carved out a further 73 runs off the final 29 balls.
A total of 383 has never been chased down in World Cup cricket while Bangladesh’s highest score to win an ODI batting second was 322 in the past.
Against a bowling attack that boasts of the likes of Kagiso Rabada and Marco Jansen, they weren’t going to break that record tonight either.
While Lungi Ngidi had been ruled out of the encounter because of fitness concerns, his replacement Lizaad Williams proved to be an able competitor and together with the rest of the bowling, grabbed a wicket.
Mahmudullah delayed the inevitable with the highest stand of the innings coming for the ninth wicket with Mustafizur Rahman. In turn he also got to his third ODI century as well but that’s where their fight ended.
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