T20 World Cup 2024: Bangladesh collapses, giving South Africa its third consecutive win

South Africa nearly advanced to the next round of this T20 World Cup after holding Bangladesh to a tight 4-run victory while defending their lowest target in T20Is.

South Africa nearly advanced to the next round of this T20 World Cup after holding Bangladesh to a tight 4-run victory while defending their lowest target in T20Is. They triumphed over a challenging scenario once more in their third consecutive victory, winning the toss and faltering at 23 for 4 in the PowerPlay. However, reaching 113 ultimately came in handy because Bangladesh lacked the strength and force needed for huge hits down the order on yet another sticky pitch in New York.

How close were they?

Mahmudullah was declared leg before wicket (LBW) on the field when the second ball of the 17th over of the run-chase went off his front pad and struck the fence in the match between SA vs BAN in the T20 World Cup 2024 match. The umpire’s call was upheld by the review, hence those four leg byes were not taken into account. That ultimately turned out to be the deciding factor in Bangladesh’s victory or defeat.

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What changed that way?

Bangladesh Cricket Player during the match between SA vs BAN in T2o World Cup
Bangladesh Cricket Player during the match between SA vs BAN in T2o World Cup (Photo:X)

When the chips were down, Klaasen batted at No. 5 and made 46 off 44 to win the Player of the Match award in the T20 World Cup match between SA vs BAN. His knock included two fours and three sixes. Throughout his innings, he batted in a variety of ways. He started defensively against the seamers before risking his arms to counter Rishad Hossain’s spin and win. In the middle overs (7–15), he and David Miller’s partnership kept South Africa wicket-free, helping them establish a target worth bowling for.

Tanzim Sakib dominates SA in PowerPlay of T20 World Cup 2024 match

Tanzim Sakib struck three times in the first six overs, reducing South Africa to 25/4 at the end of the overs, as if to make them reconsider their choice to bat first almost instantly. Quinton de Kock got things going with a 6 and a 4 in the opening over of the innings, but he couldn’t sustain it for long; Sakib bowled him in the third over with one to keep low, and it ended up being South Africa’s third lowest PowerPlay score in T20 World Cup history. 

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South Africa did not achieve the ultimate brilliance. Perhaps it was never going to happen at that venue again—another lousy pitch. The only time South Africa was able to go past the boundary cushions came when Klaasen struck a six off Mahmudullah, but not before he was unable to stop Taskin’s low-bouncing straight ball. Miller was bowled by Rishad in the penultimate over of the innings after he failed to slog-sweep him. Sakib finished the phase with superb figures of 3 for 18, bowling out early. South Africa was held to 113/6 in 20 overs, with only 13 runs coming off the final three overs.

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PowerPlay: Bangladesh minimizes the damage

Bangladesh got the upper hand in the run chase after losing just one wicket against the new ball on that particular ground. A nice one-run over from Marco Jansen opened the proceedings, something Kagiso Rabada was unable to capitalize on from the opposing end. Following back-to-back boundaries, Tanzid Hasan took the latter on, but later in the over, he played one shot too many and lost the advantage to Rabada. After that, Nazmul Hasan Shanto and Litton Das progressed through the PowerPlay without suffering any more damage.

Bangladesh fails to find the big hits in the death overs

The last five overs needed 31 runs. Quite possible, particularly with two skilled batters available. By the sixteenth over, Nortje was also out of the game, having torn through Bangladesh’s middle over and ended with figures of 2 for 17. However, South Africa tightened their grip even more at that point, allowing only one boundary in the last five overs. Bangladesh was unable to get easy singles thanks to Markram’s excellent fielding. In the eighteenth over of the match, Rabada gave up just two runs while taking the crucial wicket of a well-positioned Hridoy (37 off 34) by trapping him in front. as that, Maharaj had to defend 11 runs in the last over as Ottneil Baartman bowled the 19th over for 7 runs. 

And clumsily, he managed to get away with three full tosses, neither Jaker Ali nor Mahmudullah being able to find the boundary. In reality, Markram, taking his fourth outfield catch of the day, nabbed Mahmudullah meters inside the straight boundary with 6 needed off 2 balls.