Bangladesh in their opening match of the World Cup has shown their brilliant performance and win against South Africa by 21 runs at The Oval in London on Sunday.
While Bangladesh enjoyed and cheering with their numerous fans, the South African national cricket team the Proteas, have lost their first two Cricket World Cup matches, having been beaten by England in the opener on Thursday. India then play against South Africa in their first game on June 5.
Bangladesh made 330-6, their highest one-day total, with Mushfiqur Rahim scoring 78 and Shakib Al Hasan 75 in front of a passionate crowd strongly in their favour.
The pair put on 142 for the third wicket and, although both fell in the final 15 overs, Mahmudullah helped power his side to the highest total of the tournament with an unbeaten 46 off 33 balls.This is also Bangladesh’s highest third wicket stand against South Africa.
It was a dream start for Bangladesh Tigers as a good start is vital to building momentum in such a big tournament. Soumya Sarkar had led the way with his brilliant strokeplay and Saifuddin had achieved some reverse-swing. While there were a few dropped chances, Tigers recovered well in the end.
“That’s the team we are I think,” said so for captain Mashrafe Mortaza. “When we’ve contributed each and every one, mostly we win.”