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South Africa vs Bangladesh: Thrilling T20 Victory

Cricket  •  12 Jun, 2024  •  78,062 Views  •  ⭐ 1.0

Written by Shivani Chourasia

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In a nail-biting T20 World Cup encounter on Monday, South Africa narrowly edged out Bangladesh by four runs in a low-scoring thriller. Spinner Keshav Maharaj successfully defended 11 runs in the final over, guiding South Africa to a tense victory despite several challenges. This match was a perfect example of how cricket can be unpredictable and filled with dramatic twists and turns until the very end.


A Battle of Nerves: South Africa's Close Win

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The match saw fluctuating fortunes, with Bangladesh putting up a fierce fight till the very end. Mahmudullah (20) and Towhid Hridoy (37) showcased gritty performances, but Bangladesh fell short of the modest target of 114, ending at 109 for seven. With six runs required off the last two balls, Mahmudullah was brilliantly caught by Aiden Markram off Keshav Maharaj, who ended with figures of 3/27. Despite bowling three full tosses in the final over, Maharaj and his teammates held their nerves to secure the win.
The tension was palpable as the game reached its climax. Maharaj, despite the pressure, managed to bowl effectively, demonstrating the importance of experience and calmness in high-stakes situations. His performance in the final over, although not flawless, was enough to seal the victory for South Africa. The catch by Markram to dismiss Mahmudullah was not just crucial but also a display of excellent fielding under pressure.

Key Performers: Nortje, Rabada, and Jansen

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Anrich Nortje (2/17) continued his impressive form, while Kagiso Rabada (2/19) and Marco Jansen (0/17) provided robust support. South Africa's bowling attack has been a key strength throughout the tournament, and this match was no different. Their ability to maintain tight lines and lengths under pressure was instrumental in defending the modest total.
Nortje's pace and accuracy troubled the Bangladeshi batsmen, and his early breakthroughs put South Africa in a commanding position. Rabada's dismissal of Towhid Hridoy was a turning point, as it shifted the momentum back in favour of South Africa. Jansen, although wicketless, bowled economically and built pressure from his end, which was crucial in restricting the run flow.



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Bangladesh's Struggle and Revival

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Shakib Al Hasan (3) was beaten by Nortje’s pace, resulting in a simple catch after a mistimed shot. At 50 for four, Bangladesh appeared to be in trouble until a crucial partnership between Towhid Hridoy and Mahmudullah brought them back into the game. The duo added 44 runs for the fifth wicket, steadily closing in on the target with smart strike rotation and timely boundaries.
This partnership was the backbone of Bangladesh's chase. Hridoy and Mahmudullah complemented each other well, with Hridoy taking on the role of the aggressor and Mahmudullah anchoring the innings. Their ability to find gaps and rotate the strike kept the scoreboard ticking and put pressure back on the South African bowlers.

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