World Cup 2019: Rampant Bangladesh Stun South Africa
Bangladesh made the perfect start to their World Cup 2019 campaign as their highest one-day international score inspired a 21-run win over a beleaguered South Africa on Sunday.
South Africa captain Faf du Plessis won the toss and fielded, but his decision backfired badly as Bangladesh put his bowling attack to the sword. (All images courtesy: AFP)
Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar brought up their fifty partnership in just seven overs.
Ferocious hitting from Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan took Bangladesh to 330/6.
Faf du Plessis got to fifty off 45 balls, reaching the milestone with a six off Mosaddek Hossain.
Attempting to become the first team to successfully chase more than 330 to win a World Cup match, South Africa's bid to rewrite the record books fell short at 309/8.
Bangladesh seamer Mustafizur Rahman took three wickets and economical spinners Shakib and Mehidy Hasan wrapped up a memorable victory.