In what has turned out to be a challenging outing for South Africa, the team managed to post 113-6 in their allotted 20 overs against a disciplined Bangladesh bowling attack. The innings, marked by early collapses and a late rescue act, saw Bangladesh dominating with the ball. Here’s a detailed look at how the innings unfolded.

Early Collapse

The decision to bat first seemed to backfire for South Africa, as they found themselves reeling at 23-4 within the first 4.2 overs. The top order was dismantled by some exceptional bowling from Bangladesh’s pacers, especially Tanzim Hasan Sakib and Taskin Ahmed.

  • Quinton de Kock started aggressively but was dismissed for 18 off 11 balls by Tanzim, setting the stage for Bangladesh’s dominance.
  • Reeza Hendricks and Tristan Stubbs both fell for ducks, with Hendricks trapped lbw by Tanzim and Stubbs caught by Shakib off Tanzim’s bowling.
  • Aiden Markram, the captain, struggled to find his rhythm and was bowled by Taskin Ahmed for 4.

These early wickets left South Africa in a precarious position, desperately needing a partnership to stabilize the innings.

Klaasen and Miller’s Middle-Order Efforts

Heinrich Klaasen and David Miller attempted to rebuild the innings, showing resilience and determination in the face of some tight bowling. Scored 79 runs for the Fifth wicket.

  • Heinrich Klaasen top-scored for South Africa with 46 runs off 44 balls, including 3 fours and 2 sixes. His steady innings provided a semblance of stability amidst the chaos.
  • David Miller contributed 29 runs off 38 balls, playing a supportive role alongside Klaasen. His experience was evident as he tried to anchor the innings and prevent further collapses.

However, both Klaasen and Miller fell in quick succession towards the end of the innings, with Klaasen bowled by Taskin and Miller dismissed by Rishad Hossain, leaving South Africa at 106-6 in the 18th over.

With the top order struggling, the Middle order had to step up to ensure South Africa posted a defendable total.

Bangladesh’s Bowling Prowess

The Bangladeshi bowlers were exceptional, maintaining pressure throughout the innings and taking wickets at regular intervals.

  • Tanzim Hasan Sakib was the pick of the bowlers, delivering a stellar performance with figures of 4-0-18-3. His early breakthroughs were instrumental in dismantling the South African top order.
  • Taskin Ahmed supported well with figures of 4-0-19-2, including the key wickets of Aiden Markram and Heinrich Klaasen.
  • Rishad Hossain also contributed effectively, dismissing the dangerous David Miller.

Looking Ahead: Bangladesh’s Chase

With a target of 114, Bangladesh will feel confident heading into their chase. The pitch has shown some assistance to the bowlers, and if South Africa can strike early and put pressure on the Bangladeshi batsmen, they might still have a chance to defend this modest total. For Bangladesh, a solid start and sensible batting should see them comfortably over the line.


The innings has been a testament to Bangladesh’s disciplined bowling and South Africa’s struggle to find their footing. As we move into the second innings, all eyes will be on South Africa’s bowlers to see if they can turn the game around and on Bangladesh’s batsmen to see if they can capitalize on the strong foundation laid by their bowlers. Stay tuned for what promises to be an intriguing chase!

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