World Cup head to head: Bangladesh vs South Africa


Bangladesh have played against South Africa thrice in the World Cup, winning one of them © Cricbuzz

February 22, 2003: Ntini leaves Bangladesh battered and bruised

The first-ever meeting between South Africa and Bangladesh at the mega-event turned out to be a one-sided affair. After asking their opponents to bat first, South Africa were on fire with the ball. Spearheaded by the captain – Shaun Pollock – the hosts reduced the Bangladeshis to 21-3 in the ninth over. Bangladesh never recovered from that setback and kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Only two batters – Khaled Mashud and Khaled Mahmud – crossed 20. Makhaya Ntini ran through the lower order and finished with four wickets to bowl out the Asian side for 108. South Africa wiped off more than 68 percent of the target before the lunch break. The Proteas’ openers didn’t have to break a sweat as they chased down the score with 38 overs to spare.

April 7, 2007: Giantkillers Bangladesh scalp another mighty nation

The past records, the recent form, the rankings – all of the factors were stacked against Bangladesh when they locked horns against the then No. 1 ODI side in the world. However, the Bangladeshis raised a lot of eyebrows with their stunning win, which not only toppled South Africa from the top of the rankings, but also brought the tournament into limelight.

Bangladesh slid to a massive defeat in the 2011 World Cup

Bangladesh slid to a massive defeat in the 2011 World Cup ©Getty

In overcast conditions, both captains wanted to field first. However it was Graeme Smith who got it right at the toss. Bangladesh were reduced to 84-4, but they were not going down without a fight. Mohammad Ashraful put on a masterclass as the right-hander mixed patience with aggression and paced his innings perfectly. After starting off cautiously, Ashraful played one of his best ODI knock against a strong South African bowling attack. He played the paddle scoops and lofted drives for fun; Ashraful scored his last 40 runs off just 20 deliveries. Mashrafe Mortaza’s cameo powered Bangladesh to an above-par score.

On a deteriorating 22-yard-strip, Syed Rasel removed the two senior batsmen upfront. Post that, the troika of left-arm spinners ran riot – picking six wickets between them. Herschelle Gibbs, batting at seven due to a calf strain, fought a lone battle and top-scored with an unbeaten half-century, but ran out of partners at the other end. In a tournament, which had already seen a few unexpected results, Bangladesh pulled off the biggest Super Eight upset at Guyana.

March 19, 2011: Horrendous Bangladesh capitulate to humiliation

After pulling off a stunning win in their previous meeting at the World Cup, Bangladesh meekly surrendered against South Africa in front of their home crowd in a must-win encounter. The competition’s joint hosts disappointingly bowed out of the tournament, failing to progress INto the quarterfinals.

Three of the top five South African batsmen scored fifties and Robin Peterson’s 9-ball 22 cameo powered the visitors to post 284 runs on the board – well above-par. While Bangladesh were poor with the ball, they were horrendous with the bat. Barring Shakib Al Hasan’s 30, no other Bangladeshi cricketer managed to even get into double-digits. Bangladesh capitulated abjectly as they were bowled out for 78. “The way we finished the tournament was poor. We are sorry to the fans,” Shakib said after the game.

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