SA vs BAN ICC CWC 2023 Match 23 Report: Bangladesh can’t help themselves but lose, as their losing story continues in the World Cup, the last being given by South Africa, which is their fourth consecutive loss in five games. With the century of de Kock and a blistering 90 of Klassen, South Africa beat Bangladesh by 149 runs to climb up to second place, 2 points behind the leader, India.
Early Wickets Didn’t Slow SA Down
South Africa chose to bat first, and their innings didn’t begin as smoothly as the final score suggested. Early wickets had them in a tricky situation at 36 for 2, courtesy of Bangladesh’s Shoriful Islam and Mehidy Hasan Miraz.
However, Aiden Markram and Quinton de Kock, both in superb form, steadily rebuilt the South African innings. The spinners were unable to break this partnership, and the boundary flow gradually resumed. The century mark was reached in the 21st over, followed by the 100-partnership in the 26th. Quinton de Kock, closing in on a personal century, was joined by Markram, who reached his half-century.
As per the SA vs BAN ICC CWC 2023 Match 23 Report, Despite the dismissal of Markram, South Africa remained in control. Heinrich Klaasen, with the platform set and the game’s final phase approaching, accelerated the scoring. The onslaught began with powerful hits for sixes and fours off Hasan Mahmud and continued as de Kock reached his 150. Although de Kock was dismissed for a remarkable 174, David Miller took over, ensuring South Africa set a formidable target.
In response, Bangladesh’s chase never gained momentum. Their approach seemed cautious, and the quality of South Africa’s fast bowling further restrained them. Bangladesh lost wickets in quick succession, including the vital scalp of Shakib Al Hasan. They soon found themselves at 31 for 3. South Africa continued their trend of sharing wickets among bowlers, and Bangladesh slumped to 81 for 6.
Amidst the dominance of South Africa, Mahmudullah stood out as the lone fighter for Bangladesh. As per the SA vs BAN ICC CWC 2023 Match 23 Report, Mahmudullah, who wasn’t initially in Bangladesh’s World Cup squad, played with confidence and took on the South African bowlers. He reached a brilliant century while skillfully managing the strike. However, his efforts were merely a brief distraction from South Africa’s total control.
As per the SA vs BAN ICC CWC 2023 Match 23 Report, Gerald Coetzee and Lizaad Williams eventually dismissed Mahmudullah and the rest of the Bangladeshi batting order, concluding the match with a record defeat for Bangladesh. This victory propelled South Africa to second place on the points table, while Bangladesh found themselves at the bottom.
SA vs BAN ICC CWC 2023 Match 23 Report: Score Summary
382 for 5 (De Kock 174, Klaasen 90, Markram 60)
233 (Mahmudullah 111, Jansen 2-39, Rabada 2-42)
South Africa won by 149 runs
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