South Africa beat Bangladesh by four runs in T20 World Cup




South Africa beat Bangladesh by simply 4 runs in one other low-scoring World T20 recreation on Monday, sparking contemporary debate over the suitability of the pitch utilized in New York. South Africa have been restricted to 113-6 of their 20 overs with Heinrich Klaasen top-scoring with 46 and quick bowler Tanzim Hasan Shakib taking a career-best 3-18. Bangladesh, nevertheless, may solely handle 109-7 within the North as South Africa secured their third win in three Group D matches.

“It wasn’t a very good look, it was good that the blokes received it over the road,” Klassen mentioned. “The wicket isn’t superb for strokeplay.”

Chasing simply 114 to win in a controversial drop-in strip on the Nassau County Worldwide Cricket Stadium, Bangladesh initially confronted the Proteas’ tempo battery.

They have been 50-4 in 10 overs with Tanjid Hasan (9) off Kagiso Rabada and Enrich Nortje accounted for captain Nazmul Hossain Shanto (14) and Shakib Al Hasan (three). Spinner Keshav Maharaj diminished Liton Das to simply 9 runs.

Nonetheless, Tauhid Hriday, who top-scored with 40 when Bangladesh beat Sri Lanka of their opening match, and 38-year-old Mahmudullah steadied the ship for the Tigers.

The pair placed on a 44-run fifth-wicket stand earlier than Hridiya was lbw to Rabada for 37, an innings that took 34 balls and featured two fours and two sixes. Bangladesh picked up seven within the final over however Maharaj nonetheless wanted 11 runs to get bowled within the final over.

It grew to become seven for 4. Because the strain mounted, each Zakir Ali and Mahmudullah have been caught by Aiden Markram at long-on.

Needing a six off the final ball, Taskin Ahmed may solely produce a scrambled single.

‘Ought to have received’

“I feel it is a match we should always have received. They bowled properly in the previous couple of overs, however that may occur in cricket,” Shanto mentioned.

Earlier, Bangladesh restricted South Africa to 113-6, supported by Taskin’s 2-19 after Protea captain Markram received the toss and elected to bat. South Africa have been struggling at 23-4 earlier than Klaasen and David Miller celebrated his thirty fifth birthday, with a fifth-wicket stand of 79 to rescue their facet.

Klaassen’s 46 off 44 balls got here with two fours and three sixes and was clean-bowled by Taskin within the 18th over for a rating of 102 runs.

Miller, who scored a match-winning unbeaten 59 in Norway’s win over the Netherlands, was bowled 4 runs later by Rishad Hossain.

His innings of 29 runs got here off 38 deliveries with a boundary and a six. The Proteas have been 12-4 towards the Dutch on the identical pitch on Saturday.

On Monday, they have been rapidly diminished to 4 for simply 23 within the fifth over courtesy of Tanjim and Taskin. Tanzim, beginning the autumn in solely his eighth T20 worldwide, was lbw off the primary ball to out-of-form opener Reza Hendricks.

Star batsman Quinton de Kock was subsequent, the 21-year-old clean-bowled for 18 off 19. Taskin uproots Markram’s (4) stumps. Earlier than Tanzim caught the third of his opening spell by pressure. Tristan Stubbs caught Shakib Al Hasan at cowl with out scoring.

Miller may have been out for 13 however Mahmudullah’s first ball knocked wicketkeeper Liton Das for an edge.

Bangladesh are nonetheless in a very good place to hitch them with two factors as South Africa are just about assured of a spot within the second spherical of the Tremendous Eights.

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