South Africa had a torrid time on the field after skipper Faf du Plessis won the toss and elected to bowl first against Bangladesh in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 match on Sunday. Bangladesh got off to a brisk start, riding on Soumya Sarkar's blistering knock which helped them reach 50 just in the seventh over.
The Proteas then struck back with two quick wickets by dismissing both the openers- Tamim (16) and Sarkar who scored a quickfire 30-ball 42 at a strike rate of 140. After Bangladesh looked in trouble at 75/2, two of their veteran batsmen Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan added 142 runs for the third wicket stand. Shakib was dismissed for a vital knock of an 84-ball 75 while Rahim was sent back after scoring an 80-ball 78. The duo had scored eight boundaries each.
However, the biggest setback that the Proteas suffered was that their fast bowler Lungi Ngidi suffered a hamstring injury as the quickie had to leave the field before bowling his full quota of 10 overs. Earlier, he did not have a good day with the ball either as he gave away 34 runs in his four overs at an economy rate of 8.50. Ngidi's injury has put the Proteas in a spot of bother now. They already lost out Anrich Nortje earlier, who was then replaced by Chris Morris. At the same time, both their veteran players Dale Steyn and Hashim Amla could not feature in the game against Bangladesh as they were recovering from injuries.
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In the end, Mahmadullah's stellar cameo of a 33-ball unbeaten 46 helped Bangladesh get to a huge total of 330/6 in their 50 overs.