South Africa silence blaring Dhaka crowd
South Africa silenced the blaring Shere Bangla crowd as they bowled Bangladesh out for just 78 in 28 overs to win their World Cup match by 206 runs in Dhaka on Saturday.
Having taken 284 for eight off the spin-based Bangladesh attack, South Africa's bowlers then brushed aside their lightweight batting line-up to ensure they will finish at the top of Group B.
Lonwabo Tsotsobe was lethal up front with the new ball, claiming three for 14 as Bangladesh's daunting run-chase headed south almost immediately.
South Africa had seized firm control as the left-arm paceman's burst reduced Bangladesh to 21 for four and left-arm spinner Robin Peterson then snapped up four wickets to ensure there was no escape for the co-hosts, who find themselves with the minnows, knocked out in the first round.
SHAKIB SAYS SORRY
"Sorry," was Bangladesh captain Shakib al-Hasan's message to the millions of fans in the country who had expected better from a team who had even been bowled out for just 58 by the West Indies earlier in the tournament.
"We missed a big opportunity because we have been performing for the last 12 months and we thought we would have a very good opportunity to qualify for the second round."
Tsotsobe's first wicket owed much to excellent use of the UDRS technology, Tamim Iqbal eventually being given out for five when TV umpire Rod Tucker overturned the on-field decision because he could hear a loud nick as the batsman bottom-edged an attempted hook to wicketkeeper Morne van Wyk.
Fellow opener Imrul Kayes was bowled for four in extraordinary fashion as he shouldered arms to Tsotsobe, and the paceman also bowled Shahriar Nafees for five, albeit off the inside edge of a flashy drive.
Off-spinner Johan Botha showed that he will continue to be useful with the new ball against left-handers as he trapped Junaid Siddique lbw for two with a very good arm-ball.
There would be no respite for the home team as Peterson then joined the attack and claimed his first wicket in his third over when Graeme Smith moved quickly at slip to take a one-handed catch off Mushfiqur Rahim (three).
Peterson once again bowled very well as he blitzed through the lower-order and tail with four for 12 in seven overs, while he also sent Abdur Razzak packing for a duck when he took a good catch running around the leg-side boundary off Imran Tahir.
There was a tiny bit of resistance from Bangladesh captain Shakib al-Hasan, who scored 30 off 49 balls, but Bangladesh were basically blasted away on another highly successful balmy afternoon for South Africa.
They won't be heading out of Dhaka just yet either as they will now play either New Zealand or Pakistan here in the quarterfinals, an exciting prospect as they have clearly adapted to the conditions very well.
"We gave a few guys an extra couple of days to rest but it was fantastic to see other guys that came in, the motivation they had and the way they performed. That's always exciting to see," said Smith.
Three half-centuries flowed from the flashing blades of the South African batsmen as they amassed their healthy total.
Having chosen to bat first, Hashim Amla and Graeme Smith did the groundwork with an opening stand of 98 off 125 balls, Jacques Kallis then kept the scoring rate bubbling with his 69 off 76 balls, before the runs flowed like molten lava at the end of the innings, thanks to Faf du Plessis's run-a-ball 52 and 22 not out from just nine balls by Peterson.
Amla and Smith scored fluently off the seamers, which was why Bangladesh captain Shakib introduced spin in the seventh over via off-spinner Naeem Islam. Three other spinners quickly followed in Razzak, Mahmudullah and Shakib himself, but no one could stop Amla from breezing to a fine 56-ball half-century.
SOME FORM FOR SMITH
Smith will be pleased to have found some semblance of form as he scored 45 off 68 balls, before coming down the pitch to off-spinner Mahmudullah and missing a delivery that bounced steeply and turned, Mushfiqur taking his time over the stumping. Johan Botha will be pleased to see how that delivery behaved.
Amla quickly followed for 51, inside-edging a loose drive off Razzak into his stumps, and Bangladesh had a glimmer of hope again at 107 for two in the 23rd over.
But Kallis stood as tall as the cedars of Lebanon and lovers of classical strokeplay had their fill as South Africa's leading World Cup run-scorer (he overtook Herschelle Gibbs in this innings) stroked five fours and a six in his 69 off 76 balls.
Seamer Rubel Hossain got a ball up high enough to find JP Duminy's glove and have him caught behind for 17, but Du Plessis upped the run-rate in heart-stopping fashion as he collected four fours and a six, before Rubel got him out as well in the 48th over.
Botha (12 off six) and Peterson, who struck four fours in his exciting cameo, once again provided an excellent end to the innings on a pitch that was slow and offered some inconsistent bounce.
Paceman Rubel was the most successful Bangladesh bowler with three for 56, while Shakib bowled very well in the batting powerplay to claim two for 10 in two overs.
Bangladesh - Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Junaid Siddique, Shahriar Nafees, Shakib al-Hasan (capt), Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mahmud-ul-lah, Naeem Islam, Shafiul Islam, Abdur Razzak, Rubel Hossain.
South Africa - Graeme Smith (capt), Hashim Amla, Morne van Wyk (wk), Jacques Kallis, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Johan Botha, Robin Peterson, Wayne Parnell, Imran Tahir, Lonwabo Tsotsobe.