Bangladesh vs S Africa
South Africa Win By 206 Runs
Massive victory for the Proteas, who followed up an all-round batting performance with a great showing with the ball, fronted by Peterson. The left-arm spinner landed his ODI career-best figures and South Africa finish top of their group and will play one of New Zealand or Pakistan in their quarter-final. You can now focus your attention the clash of the big guns - Pakitan versus Aussies - currently on the go in Colombo.
Over 28 Peterson 0-0-0-4-0-W
78-10 - Peterson concedes a boundary with a rank long-hop, but soon thereafter has the final say, which beats Islam cut shot to zip through the gate and topple the stumps. Game, set, match.
Over 27 Tahir 0-2-1wd-1-4-0-0
74-9 - Having been thoroughly upstaged by fellow spinner Peterson today, Tahir goes through the motions of another average over. Can't help but feel that half-crocked finger of his is more of an issue that he or the Proteas brains trust would like to admit...
Over 26 Peterson 0-0-0-0-0-4
66-9 - Searching for a four-for and with a host of close-in fielders hugged around to aid his cause, Peterson isn't obliged by the tail-enders' defiance.
Over 25 Tahir 0-0-0-1-0-W
62-9 - Close-in fielders all over the place now, including two slips and a short-leg. So gaps across the outfield are plentiful, with the toothless Tigers left to pick the gaps on offer. Wicket! Having played along the ground for the bulk of the over, Razzak belatedly fancies a dip over midwicket. Not enough carry though, and Peterson swoops around the fence to take a great catch on the slide. The man can do nothing wrong. Rubel the last man in.
Over 24 Peterson 2-0-0-W-0-W
61-8 - Wicket! Having lived by the cut for the most part of his 30 runs, Shakib perishes to his favoured shot. The ball was a touch too close to his body for the stroke through point and the bounce got a bit big on him. Nothing more than a thick edge the result, with wicketkeeper van Wyk managing to hang onto it at second grab. Bangladesh's lone hope mopes off, Shafiul comes in and promplty departs too. Wicket! His fat heave-ho across the line in attempt to go large over midwicket succeeds only in having the ball snipe through the gate and into the leg-stump. Tigers circling the drain. Razzak in now. The Fat Lady, meanwhile, is warming up her voice.
Over 23 Tahir 0-1-0-0-0-0
59-6 - So a change of ends rather than an exit from the attack for Tahir, who promptly concedes the single that sees Bangladesh go past that number 58. Slip and short-leg in place, and both Naeem and Shakib playing shakily enough on the forward-defence to have the close-in fielders in with a chance at every turn.
Over 22 Peterson 0-0-W-0-0-0
58-6 - Tahir not having the greatest day with the ball thus far, so his opening spell is cut short as Peterson returns to the attack. When it rains it pours, the old adage says, as a needless run-out adds to the Tigers's woes. Wicket! Shakib puts in another cut to short thirdman, where Botha puts in the dive, fields well, gets the return throw to the wicketkeeper in a flash and ultimately has Mahmudullah short of his ground by enough of a margin for the third umpire to press the 'out button. Naeem in now. South Africa have been very sharp in the field today.
Over 21 Botha 0-4-0-0-1-0
58-5 - A huge cheer rings out around the ground as Bangladesh make it to 58 - the total they were all out for against the Windies earlier in the tourney. Shaky cut through thirdman for four from Shakib to get to the landmark. Doesn't matter how they fetch their fours, as long as they get them.
Over 20 Tahir 1wd-0-1-4-1-0-0
53-5 - Whereas he was a touch too short in the previous over, Tahir tosses up something far too full, which Al Hasan is more than happy to clout away through extra cover. Up comes Bangladesh's collective half-ton and at least they've made it this far. Next stop: 59.
Over 19 Botha 0-1-0-0-0-1
46-5 - Single apiece for Shakib and sidekick, who are pretty much the last recognised partnership before the tail. One more wicket and the Proteas will have all but wrapped up an easy win...
Over 18 Tahir 0-0-0-0-1-2
44-5 - An okay opening over from the leg-spinner, if a bit short on occasion. He, unlike Peterson, doesn't require any practice deliveries to mid-on mid-over. Meanwhile, Renier Potgieter doesn't agree with me one bit in any event: "I don't see anything wrong with practising your bowling during the over, as long as it doesn't waste time. If the batsman is still getting into position, for instance. And just quickly on your opinion of Parnell... I think he's got tremendous potential, he was out quite a while with an ankle injury, but he used to be a wicket-machine. At his best, he should be a permanent member of the team, but Tsotsobe has put his hand up, so after the World Cup on faster wickets I can't see Parnell winning his place back, which is a real shame. But competition for place is what keeps us strong"
Over 17 Botha 0-2-1-0-1-1
41-5 - Rather than introduce leg-spinner Tahir into the attack, Smith asks for another spell from off-spinner Botha. Sensational work from wicketkeeper van Wyk, who fields a return throw from in front of the wickets, with his swift back flick and subsequent toppling of the bails a mere milli-second too late to have a scampering Shakib short of his crease.
Over 16 Peterson W-0-0-0-0-0
36-5 - Wicket! Smith snapples a blinder at slip, moving swiftly to his right to snare Rahim's ege with one hand. Absolute cracker, that. Peterson drew the wicketkeeper-batsman into the shot with a bit more additional flight than is his norm and, unable to get his feet moving well enough, the right-hander succeeded only in feathering behind. Mahmudullah in now. Meanwhile, England are all smiles as the impending result will see them through to the quarter-finals.
Over 15 Parnell 0-1-1-0-0-0
36-4 - The bowling Powerplay ends - seven for nought from it - ends with another decent over from Parnell. Single apiece for Rahim and Shakib, who can't take many chances but are digging themselves into a whole with some over-circumspect strokeplay. No need for big shots, but they must at least turn the singles.
Over 14 Peterson 0-0-1-0-0-1
34-4 - Peterson goes and does something I don't agree with at all, which is bowl a practice delivery to mid-off in the middle of his over. I'm all for it at the start of the over, but in the middle of it seems against the spirit of the game. You don't see the batsman getting a dolly delivery thrown at him mid-over in order to practise his forward defence or sweep... Any takers on my hypothesis? Mail me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Over 13 Parnell 0-1-1lb-0-0-0
32-4 - South Africa's progress was always going to be slowed by the introduction of their first-change bowlers and it looks as though Bangladesh will avoid landing a repeat of the 58 all out they endured against the Windies at this ground earlier in the tourney.
Over 12 Peterson 0-0-0-0-0-0
30-4 - More spin, with the left-armer into the attack. Maiden for him, afforded entirely by some great fielding through the off-side rather than his rogue line. That's five maidens from 12 now for the Proteas. Boring, Bangladesh? Amen.
Over 11 Parnell 0-0-1-0-0-0
30-4 - Right on cue, the Proteas go for their bowling Powerplay. Parnell gets it going with some big bounce outside Rahim's off-stump and the wicketkeeper-batsman is right on top of it with a lovely little steer down to thirdman for one. Left to the strike, Shakib takes in a string of sighters to the left-armer to close the over on the quiet. Parnell might yet make me eat my words about his ineptitude. In my defence, he's meant to be a wicket-taker, not play a holding role.
Over 10 Tsotsobe 0-4-0-0-4-0
29-4 - A rare full delivery from the fast bowler, as Shakib looks it straight in the face to drive his first boundary of the day straight back past the umpire. And then he resorts to the short stuff, which is too short, so Al Hasan rocks onto the backfoot to club that away for four more. Tsotsobe trying a touch too hard to force his fourth wicket here. So ends the mandatory opening Powerplay.
- 19th Mar 2011
- Aleem Dar and D J Harper
bangladesh BATTING CARD
|Iqbal||c van Wyk b Tsotsobe||5|
|Siddique||lbw b Botha||2|
|Rahim||c Smith b Peterson||3|
|Al Hasan||c van Wyk b Peterson||30|
|Razzak||c Peterson b M I T Tahir||0|
|Total||All out, 28.0 Overs||78|