Protea fire dims out as SA suffer second loss at ICC World Cup

#ICC2019: In what turned out to be the first evenly-contested match of the ICC World Cup 2019, Bangladesh defeated South Africa by 21 runs at the Oval in London, on Sunday, 2 June.

South Africa have now lost their second match on the trot, while Bangladesh picked up points from their campaign opener.

After posting a handsome 330/6 in their stipulated 50 overs, Bangladesh restricted the Proteas, as the South African batsmen failed to gather any real momentum during their reply.

Bangladesh bowlers, led by Mustafizur Rehman(67/3), were disciplined in their efforts. Mohammed Saifuddin(57/2) also picked up two important wickets.

A number of South African batsmen got off to good starts but could not convert them to a contribution enough to get them over the line. Openers Quinton de Kock(23) and Aiden Markram(45) got the team off to a decent start, adding 49 runs for the first partnership, before Kock got run out.

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Captain du Plessis(62) looked fluent before off spinner Mehidy Hasan bowled him at a crucial juncture.

Miller(38), van der Dussen(41) and Duminy(45), all raised hopes but the South Africans kept losing wickets at regular intervals.

Earlier, led by half centuries by Shakib al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim and assisted by some explosive batting by the lower middle order, Bangladesh got to 330, their highest ever score in One Day Internationals.

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