South Africa 382 for five (De Kock 174, Klaasen 90, Markram 60) beat Bangladesh 233 (Mahmudullah 111, Jansen 2-39, Rabada 2-42) by 149 runs
South Africa opted to bat first and to start issues weren’t as easy as the ultimate scorecard would possibly counsel. Bangladesh stored a lid on de Kock and Reeza Hendricks initially, and drew early blood when Shoriful Islam and Mehidy Hasan Miraz removed Hendricks and Rassie van der Dussen cheaply. By the tip of the eighth over, South Africa had been wobbling mildly at 36 for two, and there was little signal this pitch could be conducive to the runfest that adopted.
However Aiden Markram and de Kock are arguably the 2 most in-form batters this event and, collectively, they started to progressively shut Bangladesh out of the competition. The spinners had been milked down the bottom as Bangladesh’s means – and urge for food – for wicket-taking receded. The holding sample benefitted South Africa, given their energy decrease down the order, and shortly sufficient, the boundaries started to circulation. The hundred got here up within the 21th over, the 100-partnership within the twenty sixth. By now de Kock was closing in on his personal hundred, whereas Markram had introduced up a half-century.
Even the wicket of Markram – he finally fell when he mistimed an inside-out aerial drive off Shakib – appeared to profit South Africa. Klaasen got here on on the good time – with 20 overs to go, he sufficient time to mattress in earlier than the deliberate carnage on the loss of life – and a adequate platform in place. A pulled six off Shakib off his fourth ball made his intentions plain, earlier than de Kock introduced up his third hundred this World Cup.
A powered six and a 4 from Klaasen off Hasan Mahmud signalled South Africa’s gear shift into sport mode, earlier than de Kock cranked it as much as 11 in an onslaught in opposition to the Bangladesh captain. Smashing two fours and two sixes in that Shakib over that went for 22, de Kock introduced up his 150, and an additional 17 from the next noticed South Africa pace to 300. De Kock could be denied his personal double-hundred although, holing out for 174 to deep backward level, however in Miller, they’d the proper man coming in but once more.
As Bangladesh had been blown away by the flurry of fours and sixes they discovered themselves being peppered for, they swiftly ran out of concepts, seemingly going by way of the motions and seeking to deliver the innings to an finish. The final 5 overs had 73 runs scored, and although Klaasen was denied one other sensible hundred, he had ensured the goal was properly past Bangladesh.
Bangladesh’s chase by no means actually bought going. The intent up prime wasn’t evocative of a facet that wanted to search out such an enormous complete, and the standard of South Africa’s quick bowling straitjacketed them anyway. A few boundaries off Lizaad Williams within the sixth over was the primary signal of acceleration, but it surely was put down swiftly by back-to-back wickets for Marco Jansen within the subsequent, with Tanzid Hassan and Najmal Shanto each squeezed down leg to the wicketkeeper.
Shakib has been in need of runs this event, and it was a development that continued. He poked at one from Williams that Klaasen, holding instead of a cramped-up de Kock, grabbed onto with aplomb to depart Bangladesh reeling at 31 for 3.
South Africa have shared the wickets amongst their bowlers all event, and now it was Gerald Coetzee’s flip as Mushfiqur Rahim carved one straight down deep third’s throat. Rabada would then get into the act as he trapped Litton Das in entrance, and Keshav Maharaj eliminated Mehidy as Bangladesh stumbled to 81 for six.
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Danyal Rasool is ESPNcricinfo’s Pakistan correspondent. @Danny61000