Bangladesh crash out of World Cup
Hapless Bangladesh were sent crashing out of the World Cup on
Saturday by merciless South Africa, with their humiliating 206-run
defeat sending India, England and West Indies into the quarter-finals.
Bangladesh, chasing 285 to win, were bowled out for a paltry 78 in
the 28th over, the ninth lowest World Cup total of all time and third
lowest at the 2011 event, with only skipper Shakib Al Hasan (30) getting
to double figures.
The Tigers, who had high hopes of making the last eight after playing
all their Group B matches in favourable home conditions, finished on six
points, the same as West Indies, who have a vastly superior run-rate.
South Africa, with 10 points, finished top of the pool, with India
and England on seven points.
Only a mathematical miracle in the India-West Indies match on Sunday
would throw Bangladesh an unlikely lifeline. “Sorry,” was Shakib’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.”
Lonwabo Tsotsobe grabbed 3-14 on his World Cup debut and spinner
Robin Peterson claimed 4-12 to star with the ball after Jacques Kallis
had made 69 and Faf du Plessis hit a run-a-ball 52 to lift South Africa
Hashim Amla (51) and skipper Graeme Smith (45) were also in the runs.
Tsotsobe, who was given a chance only because pace spearheads Dale
Steyn and Morne Morkel were rested ahead of the bigger matches, seized
the opportunity in style.
The 27-year-old left-arm seamer silenced a sell-out crowd of 25,000
at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium when he had Bangladesh’s main batting hope,
Tamim Iqbal, caught behind for five in his second over and the home side
H. Amla b Razzak 51
G. Smith st Rahim b Mahmudullah 45
J. Kallis c and b Shakib 69
J.P. Duminy c Rahim b Rubel 17
F. du Plessis c Tamim b Rubel 52
M. van Wyk b Shakib 5
J. Botha run out 12
R. Peterson not out 22
W. Parnell b Rubel 0
L. Tsotsobe not out 4
Extras (lb3, w4) 7
Total (for eight wkts, 50 overs) . 284
Did not bat: Imran Tahir.
Fall of wickets: 1-98, 2-107, 3-141, 4-223, 5-245, 6-249,
Bowling: Shafiul 5-0-44-0 (w1),
Razzak 10-1-47-1 (w1),
Tamim Iqbal c van Wyk b Tsotsobe 5
Imrul Kayes b Tsotsobe 4
Junaid Siddique lbw b Botha 2
Shahriar Nafees b Tsotsobe 5
Mushfiqur Rahim c Smith b Peterson 3
Shakib Al Hasan c van Wyk b Peterson 30
Mohammad Mahmudullah run out 5
Naeem Islam b Peterson 8
Shafiul Islam b Peterson 0
Abdur Razzak c Peterson b Tahir 0
Rubel Hossain not out 8
Extras (lb5, w3) 8
Total (all out, 28 overs) 78
Fall of wickets: 1-14, 2-15, 3-21, 4-21), 5-36, 6-58, 7-61,
8-61, 9-62, 10-78.
Bowling: Botha 7-1-23-1,
Tsotsobe 5-2-14-3 (w1),
Tahir 5-0-20-1 (w2).