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Cricket Highlights, June 10: WC 2024 (Match 21) – South Africa vs Bangladesh

Cricket Highlights, June 10: WC 2024 (Match 21) – South Africa vs Bangladesh

South Africa vs Bangladesh (Match 21) – Highlights


In this article, we will discuss the thrilling encounter between South Africa and Bangladesh at the T20 World Cup 2024, held at Eisenhower Park in New York. South Africa managed to maintain their unbeaten streak in the tournament with a nail-biting victory, thanks to a crucial 79-run partnership between Heinrich Klaasen and David Miller.


Despite an early collapse and a challenging defense of their modest total of 113, South Africa’s bowlers, led by Keshav Maharaj in the final over, held their nerve to secure a four-run win. We will delve into the key moments, individual performances, and strategic decisions that defined this high-stakes match.


South Africa narrowly avoided an upset to maintain their perfect record at the T20 World Cup 2024. Playing their final fixture at Eisenhower Park in New York, they chose to bat first on a used wicket. Aiden Markram’s choice almost backfired, leaving South Africa at a perilous 23 for 4. But Heinrich Klaasen and David Miller put together a vital partnership for the fifth wicket, bringing the team’s total up to 113, which they defended with all of their might.


The fifth over’s removal of Tristan Stubbs for a duck compounded South Africa’s problems with their top order. In Twenty20 Internationals, the team has lost four wickets in the opening five overs five times, including twice during this tournament.

Fortunately, Klaasen and Miller stabilized the innings. Tanzim Hasan (3 for 18) and Taskin Ahmed excelled with the ball, particularly in the final overs, conceding only 13 runs and removing both Klaasen and Miller. Taskin finished with impressive figures of 2 for 19 from four overs.


David Miller, celebrating his 35th birthday, was given a reprieve early in his innings when Litton Das missed a catch off Mahmudullah. Miller, then on 13, capitalized on this chance, more than doubling his score to 29. He also contributed in the field, catching Litton Das at extra cover off Maharaj’s bowling, reducing Bangladesh to 29 for 2 in the seventh over.


Bangladesh’s bowling strategy included a risky move by using legspinner Rishad Hossain for the penultimate over. Despite conceding 28 runs in his previous three overs, Rishad bowled a tight final over, taking Miller’s wicket with a top spinner and giving away just four runs.


Mustafizur Rahman, “The Fizz,” then bowled a superb final over, allowing only three runs off the last two balls after four consecutive dots and a wide.


Bangladesh’s innings started poorly, and they were 50 for 4 after ten overs. Towhid Hridoy and Mahmudullah then put together a 44-run partnership for the fifth wicket, which almost carried them to victory.


A critical moment came in the 17th over when Mahmudullah was given out LBW to Ottneil Baartman. The ball seemed to deflect off his pad for four leg byes, but DRS later confirmed Mahmudullah was not out. The runs were declared invalid since the ball was dead at the time of the umpire’s judgment. The cost of this incident was that Bangladesh lost by four runs.


Bangladesh needed 20 runs off the last three overs. Kagiso Rabada bowled a tight 18th over, conceding just one run and taking Hridoy’s wicket. Ottneil Baartman followed with a disciplined 19th over, giving away seven runs. Maharaj, with the final over, delivered a wide and a low full toss, but Bangladesh couldn’t capitalize.


Jaker Ali was caught trying to clear long-on, and Mahmudullah’s penultimate ball full toss found Markram, while Taskin could only manage a single off the last ball, sealing a narrow win for South Africa.


With this victory, South Africa finished their USA leg with three wins out of three and moved to St. Vincent to face Nepal in their last group match, leading the standings and well-positioned for the Super 8s. Bangladesh, on the other hand, would head to the West Indies to play against the Netherlands and Nepal, still in contention for the Super 8s.


South Africa vs. Bangladesh Scoreboard


South Africa – 113/6 (20.0)

Scotland – 109/7 (20.0)

Result – South Africa won by 4 runs

Player of the match – Heinrich Klaasen


Cricket Highlights, June 10: WC 2024 (Match 21) – South Africa vs Bangladesh Heinrich Klaasen


South Africa vs. Bangladesh Playing XIs


South Africa

Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Aiden Markram, Tristan Stubbs, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Marco Jansen, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Ottneil Baartman


Tanzid Hasan, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Litton Das, Shakib Al Hasan, Towhid Hridoy, Mahmudullah, Jaker Ali, Rishad Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Tanzim Hasan Sakib, Mustafizur Rahman


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