T20 World Cup 2021, South Africa vs Bangladesh (Super 12): Rabada-Nortje put SA on top, BAN knocked out
South Africa has eclipsed Bangladesh by six wickets in the Super 12 of the 2021 ICC T20 World Cup. Meanwhile, Bangladesh's race for the semis has officially ended with this loss.
South Africa formally knocked Bangladesh out of the race for semis after defeating it by six wickets in Group 1's Super 12 clash of the ICC T20 World Cup at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday. It was the rattling pace of Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje that skittled the Bangladeshis.
Winning the toss, South African skipper Temba Bavuma opted to bowl as he moved in with the same side. In contrast, Bangladeshi skipper Mahmudullah made a change by resting Mustafizur Rahman, while Shakib missed out due to a hamstring injury. The Bangladeshis were off to a low-key start, losing Mohammad Naim (9), Soumya Sarkar (0) and Mushfiqur Rahim (0) by the sixth over of the Powerplay with just 24 runs on the board.
Ten runs later, Mahmudullah (3) fell to pacer Nortje in the eighth, followed by Afif Hossain (0) at the same score to pacer Dwayne Pretorious in the next over. At 45, Liton Das (24) was trapped leg-before by Tabriaz Shamsi in the 12th, as the Bangladeshi batters continued to tumble to some defying bowling from the Proteas.
Although Shamim Hossain (11) and Mahedi Hasan (27) contributed 19 for the seventh wicket, it wasn't enough. Eventually, Bangladesh was bowled out at an insignificant total of 84 by the 19th over. Rabada and Nortje claimed three wickets each of the five Protea bowlers, while the latter was brilliant with his economy.
In reply, Proteas, too, were off to a rusty start, losing openers Reeza Hendricks (4) and Quinton de Kock (16), along with Aiden Markram (0), by the sixth over, with 33 runs on the board. However, it was just a matter of time before it got the job done. Rassie van der Dussen (22) and Bavuma (31) contributed to a 47-run partnership for the fourth wicket to get SA back in the chase.
In the 13th over, van der Dussen fell to spinner Nasum Ahmed, while Bavuma and David Miller (5*) finished the chase within the 14th over to hand Proteas a six-wicket win. The Bangladeshis had five bowlers into the attack, with pacer Taskin Ahmed claiming a couple, while pacer Shoriful Islam was the most economical from its side.
Brief scores: Bangladesh 84 in 18.2 overs (Mahedi- 27; Nortje- 3/8, Rabada- 3/20) lost to South Africa 86/4 in 13.3 overs (Bavuma- 31; Taskin- 2/18) by six wickets.