South Africa Boost Semifinal Hopes With Clinical Win

Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - South Africa boost semifinal hopes with clinical win. Rabada roared back to form with figures of 3 for 20.

South Africa Boost Semifinal Hopes With Clinical WinRabada roared back to form with figures of 3 for 20.

Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje crippled the Bangladesh batting lineup with pace on Tuesday (November 2) to star in South Africa's comfortable win. The six-wicket win, that was achieved with 39 balls to spare, managed to give South Africa's Net Run Rate a big lift, something that could come into play in their quest to reach the semifinals.

How did Bangladesh fare without Shakib Al Hasan?

His absence was definitely felt but it may not have made much of a difference to the final result anyway. That's how good South Africa were with the ball. Right from the word go, they were on the money keeping the runs in check in the powerplay. Kagiso Rabada, who has not been in his best bowling form off late, stepped up at the right time by striking twice in two deliveries to kickstart Bangladesh's downfall. That prompted Temba Bavuma to hand Rabada one more over in the powerplay and the pacer responded with a delivery that crept up to take Mushfiqur Rahim's edge to the slip. By the end of the powerplay, Bangladesh had only 28 runs on the board for the loss of three wickets.

Was there any form of resistance?

Not really. Once Rabada's threat subsided, Anrich Nortje stepped up. The pacer, who has been on a dream run since the 2020 IPL, cranked up the pace to unsettle the Bangladesh middle order. Another delivery bowled at an awkward height managed to result in a wicket as Mahmudullah failed to fend it off successfully. Afif Hossain then compounded his side's problems by opting to step down the track first ball, only to see his stumps get rearranged by Dwaine Pretorius. Losing half their side in just 8.1 overs, Bangladesh were going down real quick. If not for Mahedi Hasan's 25-ball 27, the innings would have met its demise a lot earlier. Nortje returned to once again cause problems with his pace to finally put Bangladesh out of their misery in the penultimate over.

South Africa wobble before completing the win

The African side certainly didn't make it a straightforward chase. On a track where the pacers found assistance, Bangladesh had Taskin Ahmed making life difficult for the South Africa batters at the start. A chase of 85 didn't look very straightforward after all with Taskin first removing Reeza Hendricks before getting rid of Aiden Markram with a beautiful delivery that managed to hold its line to take the batter's edge. In between those two dismissals, Mahedi too made an impact by castling Quinton de Kock to give the Bangladesh crowd something to cheer for. In order to keep up the pressure and cause an upset, Bangladesh had to keep making inroads. Bavuma and Rassie van der Dussen ensured that didn't happen as South Africa eventually went past the finish line with 39 balls to spare.

What are the ramifications of this result?

For starters, it boosts South Africa's chances of progressing to the semifinal. They moved to the second spot with six points and a run rate of +0.742 which is substantially higher than Australia's. Bangladesh are officially out of contention and have taken down Sri Lanka alongside them as well. West Indies on the other hand are hanging by a thread and need two massive wins to stay alive while hoping South Africa don't beat England.

Brief scores: Bangladesh 84 in 18.2 overs (Mahedi Hasan 27; Anrich Nortje 3-8, Kagiso Rabada 3-20) lost to South Africa 86/4 in 13.3 overs (Temba Bavuma 31*; Taskin Ahmed 2-18) by 6 wickets

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