Injured Lungi Ngidi out of India game, Amla recovering well

Mushfiqur Rahim

Injured Lungi Ngidi out of India game, Amla recovering well

"I've never played cricket in an actual team, I've just joined in a bit with my mates".

But Bangladesh bowled well to restrict South Africa's scoring. That gave us a lot of confidence and belief.

The catch, had it been by another player inside the boundaries, would have surely given some serious competition to England's Ben Stokes, who caught a seemingly impossible catch with one hand on May 30, during the match against South Africa.

Saifuddin removed Andile Phehlukwayo to push South Africa to the brink and when JP Duminy was bowled by Mustafizur for a defiant 45, Bangladesh's jubilant fans could get the party started.

The Proteas batsmen had to work far harder for their runs than their opponents and they needed at least one of their top order to go bigger than Faf du Plessis' top score of 62 (53 balls, 5 fours and a six) for them to get close.

Mushfiqur and Shakib added 142 runs for the third wicket to notch up Bangladesh's highest World Cup partnership in an aggressive batting display backed by enthusiastic support. "Otherwise they wouldn't be at a World Cup".

Faf du Plessis, Aiden Markram and Kagiso Rabada are arguably the finest fielders, and catchers for that matter in the Proteas team, but this all went to pot yesterday when they managed to spill golden opportunities.

"Obviously it's quite tight for space where we sit and I couldn't move. The skills weren't here today, but I can promise there will be fight against India on Wednesday", Du Plessis said. He took this as a sign and fled to Pakistan where he witnessed England's historic victory in the twilight at Karachi (or thought he did, at any rate - it was too dark to tell).

"Building up to this World Cup, we knew what sort of challenges we might face", Shakib said.

"Subsequent to the match, the next day he felt some symptoms, so as a precaution we chose to rest him for this game".

Shakib added that Bangladesh, who reached the quarter-finals of the 2015 World Cup and the semi-finals of the 2017 Champions Trophy, still have a lot to prove but the tag that they are a unsafe side is something he wants other teams to focus on.

"We now have to reshuffle all our cards and look at what can be effective against a strong team in India". In all facets we're just not firing, we're off in most areas, but the bowlers were not at their best and did not execute right through the innings. I was thinking about bowling dot balls and good areas.

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