South Africa 382 runs for 5 wickets (de Kock 174, Klaasen 90, Markram 60) bangladesh 233 (Mahmudullah 111, Johnson 2-39, Rabada 2-42) by 149 runs
South Africa chose to bat first and initially things were not as straightforward as the final scorecard might suggest. Bangladesh kept De Kock and Reeza Hendricks in check early on and lost early form when Shoriful Islam and Mehdi Hasan Miraz dismissed Hendricks and Rassie van der Dussen cheaply. By the end of the eighth over, South Africa were wobbly at 36 for 2 and there was no sign that the pitch would be conducive to the runfest that followed.
But Aiden Markram and De Kock are arguably the two most in-form batsmen of this tournament and together they slowly started to take Bangladesh out of the competition. Due to Bangladesh’s lack of wicket-taking ability and appetite, spinners were fielded. South Africa benefited from the holding pattern, which increased their strength in the lower order and soon, the boundaries started flowing. A century was scored in the 21st over and a 100-run partnership was scored in the 26th over. By now De Kock was close to his century, while Markram had completed his half-century.
Even Markram’s wicket – he ultimately fell when he mistimed an inside-out aerial drive off Shakib – looked like it would be to South Africa’s advantage. Klaasen arrived at just the right time – 20 overs were left, giving him enough time to sleep before the planned carnage of death – and the place also had a good stage. Shakib’s six off the fourth ball made his intentions clear, before de Kock could bring up his third century in this World Cup.
Klaasen’s six and four off Hasan Mahmood signaled South Africa to be in game mode, before De Kock took it to 11 with an aggressive display against the Bangladesh captain. With the help of two fours and two sixes in Shakib’s over, which went for 22 runs, De Kock brought up his 150, and then added 17 runs to take South Africa past 300. De Kock, however, missed out on his double century as he was dismissed. 174 to deep backward point, but in Miller, he again had an ideal man coming his way.
As Bangladesh were stunned by the flurry of fours and sixes they thought they were preparing themselves for, they quickly ran out of ideas, moving fast and trying to finish the innings. Were staying. 73 runs were scored in the last five overs and although Klaasen was denied another brilliant century, he had ensured that the target was well beyond Bangladesh.
Bangladesh’s goal was never actually achieved. The intention above was not clear to a team that needed to chase such a big score, and the quality of South Africa’s fast bowling troubled them anyway. Two fours off Lizaad Williams in the sixth over were the first sign of momentum, but this was quickly cut short by back-to-back wickets of Marco Jansson in the next over, with Tanjeed Hasan and Najmal Shanto both caught down the leg. Suppressed. wicket keeper.
Shakib was short of runs in this tournament and this trend continued. He hit a ball from Williams which was confidently caught by Klaasen, replacing a cramped-up de Kock, leaving Bangladesh at 31 for 3.
South Africa have distributed wickets among their bowlers throughout the tournament, and now it was Gerald Coetzee’s turn as Mushfiqur Rahim took a wicket straight down the throat of the third. After this Rabada came into action and trapped Liton Das in front and Keshav Maharaj removed Mehdi due to which Bangladesh’s score became 81 runs for 6 wickets.
Daniel Rasool is ESPNcricinfo’s Pakistan correspondent. @danny61000