ICC CWC 2019: Bangladesh beat South Africa in their opening game to register a historic win


XtraTime Web Desk: Bangladesh promised to fight fire with fire against South Africa’s attack and promptly proceeded to deliver, setting the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 alight with a thrilling performance in the closest game of the competition so far.

More than 600 runs were scored at the Oval, 330 of them by Bangladesh, who made a strong statement about their batting prowess.

This was Bangladesh’s highest ever ODI score, surpassing their previous best of 329/6 against Pakistan in Dhaka in April 2015, to upset third-ranked South Africa, who sit four places above them in the rankings.

It was only the fourth time Bangladesh have beaten South Africa in 22 ODIs and the second time at a World Cup, after their 67-run triumph in Providence in 2007.

Three players, all from Bangladesh, have been part of both games: Shakib al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim & Mashrafe Mortaza. They were only minor contributors 12 years ago but were key to Bangladesh’s performance at the Oval.

both games: Shakib al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim and MashrafeMortaza. They were only minor contributors 12 years ago but were key to Bangladesh’s performance at the Oval.

While Mashrafe captained the team to a famous win, Shakib and Mushfiqur set it up. The experienced pair built on the opening batsmen’s 60-run foundation with a third-wicket partnership of 142, their fifth century-stand in ODIs to which they each contributed a half-century.

Shakib’s was his 43rd in limited overs’ internationals and came off 54 balls when he top-edged a pull shot off Chris Morris. He went on to become only the fifth all-rounder in history to reach 5000 runs and 250 wickets in ODIs, after SanathJayasuriya, Shahid Afridi, Jacques Kallis and Abdul Razzaq. Shakib is the quickest to these twin milestones in 199 games.

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