South Africa Defeats Bangladesh by 4 Runs in Thrilling T20 World Cup Match

In a low-scoring game at Nassau Cricket Stadium, New York, South Africa secured a thrilling victory over Bangladesh, maintaining a 100% win record in the tournament.

This win marks South Africa’s third consecutive victory in the competition. With this win, South Africa, which is in Nepal’s group, has almost secured a spot in the top eight. Winning the toss and opting to bat first, South Africa set a target of 114 runs with a challenging batting performance.

In response, Bangladesh was bowled out for 109 runs. Needing 11 runs in the final over, Bangladesh could only manage 6 runs and lost 2 wickets in the last over. Batting first, South Africa posted a modest target of 113 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in 20 overs. Despite a poor start, losing 4 wickets for 23 runs, South Africa set a record partnership for the fifth wicket in T20 internationals.

Heinrich Klaasen and David Miller lifted the team from a weak position with a partnership of 79 runs. Klaasen scored 46 runs while Miller added 29 runs. Earlier, Quinton de Kock had scored 18 runs. In the effort to restrict South Africa to a low total, Bangladesh’s Tanzim Hasan Sakib took 3 wickets, while Taskin Ahmed and Rishad Hossain took 2 and 1 wickets respectively. Chasing a target of 114 runs, Bangladesh also had a weak start. Losing 4 wickets for 50 runs, Towhid Hridoy and Mahmudullah added 44 runs for the fifth wicket, bringing the team close to victory. However, after Hridoy was dismissed in the 17.1 overs, South Africa regained control, and with Mahmudullah’s dismissal in the final over, Bangladesh was deprived of a potential win.

Defending the low score, South Africa’s Keshav Maharaj took 3 wickets, while Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje each took 2 wickets. With three consecutive wins in Group ‘D’, South Africa leads the group with 6 points. Bangladesh, with one win, is in second place, while the Netherlands also has one win. In this group, Nepal and Sri Lanka are set to compete on Wednesday morning.