World Cup 2019: Bangladesh defeat South Africa by 21 runs

Bangladesh posted their highest total ODI and stunned South Africa with a victory at The Oval on Sunday to start their 2019 World Cup campaign read more....

World Cup 2019: Bangladesh defeat South Africa by 21 runs
Bangladesh hit on winning formula and victory over South Africa.

Bangladesh posted their highest total ODI and stunned South Africa with a victory at The Oval on Sunday to start their 2019 World Cup campaign.

For Bangladesh, it was a major scalp, highlighting their reputation at the tournament as dangerous outsiders, while South Africa slumped to its second successive defeat.

After being put into bat, Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan set up a record partnership as Bangladesh made 6-330.

In an aggressive batting display backed by enthusiastic support, Mushfiqur and Shakib added 142 runs for the third wicket to upgrade Bangladesh's highest World Cup partnership.

Bangladesh moved on to 2-217 before Imran Tahir bowled Shakib in the 36th over for 75 while trying a full-pitched ball sweep shot.

Not long afterward, Mushfiqur went for 78, caught at the border off Andile Phehlukwayo.

Mahmudullah hit an unbeaten 46 and as Bangladesh smashed 54 runs off the last four overs, Mosaddek Hossain scored 26 runs off 20 balls.

"It was one of our top innings. We've had some previous upsets but this is a World Cup, where we really want to do well," said man-of-the-match Shakib.

South Africa had placed Bangladesh, four places below them in the ODI rankings, in bat and hoped to bounce them out cheaply with their pace attack, but that fell flat on a docile wicket and was exacerbated by Lungi Ngidi's hamstring injury.

Threatened to lead a successful chase, Du Plessis was bowled for 63, followed by David Miller (38) and Rassie van der Dussen (41) as South African hopes slipped away.

That meant that South Africa needed to pull off the highest running chase in the history of the World Cup, but they finished on 8-309 and with their next game against India on Wednesday. Winning Chances of semi-finals are already under threat.