Jul 21, 2019-Sunday
Metro cities - Delhi, Mumbai,
Other cities - Noida,
Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Bhopal
, Chandigarh , Dehradun,
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Finally a contest in this World Cup! After plenty of one-sided affairs, we witnessed equal fight from two teams and Bangladesh managed to outplay South Africa in the end mainly due to their power-hitting at the death. Trent Bridge is the next stop now. On Monday, England will be facing Pakistan at 1030 local (0930 GMT). Do join us for all the action. Cheers!
Bangladesh skipper, Mashrafe Mortaza, feels that the first match sets the tone and it was nice to win. He says they were always positive, carrying on from the tour of Ireland. Admits now that it was nice to bat first and also tells that he was slightly confused what to do if they win the toss but there was a belief that batting could be good as this was the second game on this pitch after England versus South Africa in the tournament opener. The skipper states that the batters batted really well, especially Soumya Sarkar. He also mentions that the surface was good to bat on and one had to bowl in the right areas. Adds that the spinners bowled well also and the pacers finished off the job in the end. Mashrafe thanks the crowd that was behind them and hopes they are back for the next game as well. Wants the team to perform the same way in all the upcoming games as even the fans at home watching on TV will be rooting for the side to win.
South Africa skipper, Faf du Plessis, says that things in this World Cup have not quite gone according to the plan with players getting injured. Admits that 330 was a bit too much and says that it was not an ideal performance. On the pitch, Faf says that the local staff told him there would be more on the surface than what they got. Adds that they have to take the damage inflicted by Bangladesh in the last 5 overs with the bat on the chin. Observes that at the end of the 45th over, both teams were at the same score, so that shows the extent of the damage. On Lungi Ngidi's injury, du Plessis is tight-lipped as he is not sure and hopes that Dale Steyn recovers soon. On the upcoming match against India, Faf replies that things are not getting easier and they would have to be on their toes and be at their best.
Shakib Al Hasan is the Man of the Match! He rates this win as one of the top wins in his side's World Cup history. He mentions that this is his fourth World Cup and they have done some upsets previosuly but this is the World Cup that they want to prove something. He states that before they arrived in England, they believed that they can play well and this is the start that they wanted and they were lucky to get it. He reckons now they have to build on this. Shakib admits that having played 2 years with Worcestershire, he knew the conditions well and it also helped playing in the Champions Trophy 2017 here! He tells us that he did not know it was a record partnership with Mushfiqur but says it was a good stand and came at an important time for the team. About the next game, the star all-rounder feels that it will be a big game against New Zealand, and that the confidence will be up but the Black Caps are a really good team and it will be important to come back and do the job properly again.
In today's time, a total in excess of 300 has become a norm and teams have chased it down quite often. South Africa started their chase decently with a 49-run opening stand, followed by yet another handy partnership and looked to be on track. Their batsmen kept on getting starts but none managed to play a big knock which was the need of the hour. The top 6 never looked troubled in their stay in the middle and credit should be given to Bangladesh for striking at regular intervals whenever a partnership started to blossom. Mortaza didn't have a good day with the ball but he was very inspirational in marshaling his troops. Mustafizur and Saifuddin provided timely breakthroughs and were the pick of the bowlers. Their fielding was also top notch, catching most of the chances coming their ways and overall it's a dream start to their World Cup campaign.
It was a strong batting show by Bangladesh first up to post a big total on the board. Shakib and Rahim played crucial parts with their record century stand and then the late flourish from Mahmudullah powered them to a total which proved to be 21 too much for South Africa.
Bangladesh have thumped South Africa in their tournament opener. What an outstanding result for the Bangla Tigers! Shouldn't be counted as an upset to be fair. A clinical performance. Kudos to them. Kudos to Mashrafe Mortaza, the skipper. Some smart captaincy, some smart bowling changes and the result is there to cherish.
VICTORY FOR BANGLADESH! They are a growing force and this win has confirmed that. A cutter outside off, Tahir steers it down to deep point for a couple of runs. Bangladesh win by 21 runs and their players are delighted! The crowd is also applauding their effort.
Shortish and around off, angling away, Tahir throws his bat at it and connects finally. It goes flying over covers and the sweeper makes the stop in the deep. Two taken.
Change in pace, a cutter outside off on a length, Tahir pushes at it half-heartedly and misses.
Angles in a length ball on middle, Rabada goes hard at it and pushes it down to mid on. One run added to the total.
Very full and on off, Rabada drives it straight to mid off. DOT! Celebrations have begun in the stands.