24th over: Bangladesh 150-2 (Shakib 44, Mushfiqur 36) Morris returns to the attack, with South Africa in increasingly desperate need of a wicket. Five from the over, which takes Bangladesh to 150 at better than a run a ball. They have played beautifully.
In other news, I’ve just realised that Lungi Ngidi is off the field with injury as well. This is becoming quite a test of South Africa’s mental strength.
23rd over: Bangladesh 145-2 (Shakib 43, Mushfiqur 32) Mushfiqur, on the run, slices a drive over extra cover for four off Markram. He was aiming straighter but he got enough on it to clear the infield. If I was a South African fan now, I would be pretty worried – especially as their next game is against India.
22nd over: Bangladesh 137-2 (Shakib 41, Mushfiqur 26) Oof! Shakib edges Tahir’s googly wide of slip and away for four. That was beautifully bowled. But it’s another good over – nine from it – for Bangladesh, who are dictating play.
21st over: Bangladesh 128-2 (Shakib 36, Mushfiqur 22) I’d be tempted to bring back Rabada for a couple of overs. At the moment Bangladesh are accumulating comfortably against the spinners, Markram in particular.
20th over: Bangladesh 124-2 (Shakib 34, Mushfiqur 20) Mushfiqur sweeps Tahir round the corner and straight through Morris for four. That was, or should have been, a routine piece of fielding. Tahir then appeals unsuccessfully for I don’t know what when Mushfiqur makes a mess of an attempted scoop. If it did hit the pad, he was well outside the line.
19th over: Bangladesh 117-2 (Shakib 33, Mushfiqur 15) Shakib flashes another back cut for four off Markram, this time with the aid of a misfield. South Africa need a wicket as a matter of urgency, because Bangladesh are on course for 330-350.
18th over: Bangladesh 110-2 (Shakib 28, Mushfiqur 13) It’s time for Imran Tahir. Mushfiqur takes a risky single and is glad to see the throw miss the stumps; that would have been really tight because he had to run around Tahir. Three from the over.
17th over: Bangladesh 107-2 (Shakib 27, Mushfiqur 11) Aiden Markram comes on to bowl some occasional offspin, and Shakib plays a gorgeous late cut for four. South Africa are in a bit of bother here.
“Re: the music, I was at Bristol yesterday and we had the same thing,” says Jon Salisbury. “It’s actually some guy playing live with a bat-shaped guitar, shown on the video screens on the ground.”
16th over: Bangladesh 100-2 (Shakib 21, Mushfiqur 10) Morris digs in a short ball to Shakib, who top edges a hook for six! At first it looked like it would go straight to the substitute Pretorius, running round from long leg, but he couldn’t get there and it landed just over the rope.
15th over: Bangladesh 88-2 (Shakib 11, Mushfiqur 8) Another quiet over from Phehlukwayo, and that’s drinks.
“Rob,” says John Starbuck. “If it were David Lynch, you’d expect Only the Lonely for the long walk back.”
That or the outgoing batsman being savaged by Killer BOB.
14th over: Bangladesh 85-2 (Shakib 9, Mushfiqur 7) A couple of runs from Morris’s second over. The match has settled down after that flying start, and you’d expect a quieter spell as the two teams jockey for position in the next 10 overs.
13th over: Bangladesh 83-2 (Shakib 8, Mushfiqur 6) “Who came up with the weird music after the fall of each wicket at this World Cup?” says Don Wilson. “When we are treated to the opening riffs of rock classic such as Layla, Smoke on the Water or Sweet Home Alabama, one expects the vocals to kick in. Instead the riff just keeps repeating on a loop. It’s most disconcerting.”
It is a bit odd. But on the Disconcertment Scale, it’s not exactly David Lynch, is it?
12th over: Bangladesh 79-2 (Shakib 6, Mushfiqur 4) Mushfiqur slaps a thrilling cut for four off his second ball. Bangladesh are playing with swagger and a complete lack of fear.
“Mr Cox, India will play their first match Wednesday against South Africa, who will be playing their third game,” says Abhijato Sensarma. “This quirk of the fixtures is because the Lodha Committee appointed by the Indian Supreme Court to oversee the BCCI has made it mandatory that the national team won’t play any official international cricket for at least 15 days after the IPL finishes. As a result, India’s opening match was postponed by two days and we landed up with the current set of fixtures.”
It’s comforting to know the BCCI is still the game’s governing body.
WICKET! Bangladesh 75-2 (Soumya c de Kock b Morris 42)
Chris Morris strikes in his first over. Soumya tried to pull a short ball, was too early on the shot and gloved it up in the air. Quinton de Kock charged in and dived forward to take a good low catch, ending a lovely little innings from Soumya: 42 from 30 balls with nine fours.
11th over: Bangladesh 73-1 (Soumya 41, Shakib 5) Soumya continues his eyecatching innings with a cracking drive over extra cover off Phehlukwayo. That’s his ninth boundary, and he has raced to 41 from 27 balls. His form has been brilliant of late; indeed, since his recall last year he averages 45 with a strike-rate of 110.
REVIEW! Bangladesh 66-1 (Soumya not out 36)
Soumar Sarkar survives a South African review for LBW. He played around a good delivery from Phehlukwayo, who was certain the ball was hitting the stumps. Hawkeye suggested it was – but only just, which means umpire’s call which means the original not-out decision stands.
10th over: Bangladesh 65-1 (Soumya 36, Shakib 4) Shakib gets off the mark with a muscular cut for four off Rabada. This has been a brilliant start from Bangladesh, and South Africa might be hearing the first strains of the Jaws theme.
“Why are South Africa playing twice before India have played at all,” says John Cox, “or did I miss something?”
I can’t believe you missed India’s defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr. Erm, I don’t know; it’s an oddity of the fixture list.
9th over: Bangladesh 60-1 (Soumya 35, Shakib 0) The superb Shakib Al Hasan is the new batsman.
WICKET! Bangladesh 60-1 (Tamim c de Kock b Phehlukwayo 16)
Gone! Andile Phehlukwayo strikes with his second delivery. Tamim fenced a little indecisively at a good short ball and thin-edged it through to de Kock.
8th over: Bangladesh 58-0 (Tamim 16, Soumya 35) Apologies, we’re having a few technical problems.
7th over: Bangladesh 50-0 (Tamim 16, Soumya 26) Bangladesh are flying now. Soumya edges Ngidi for four, all along the ground, and laces the next ball beautifully whence it came for four more. Later in the over Ngidi throws the ball back at Tamim, who says nothing and then dumps the next ball through midwicket for four. Bangladesh have scored 36 from the last three overs!
6th over: Bangladesh 37-0 (Tamim 12, Soumya 18) A short ball from Rabada clears de Kock and runs away for four wides. South Africa are suddenly a little ragged, and Tamim gets his first boundary with a swaggering square drive. An irritated abada ends the over with a cracking short ball that hits Tamim on the shoulder.
5th over: Bangladesh 28-0 (Tamim 8, Soumya 18) Ngidi drops short to Soumya, who cracks a pull over midwicket for four. That’s the first really emphatic attacking stroke of the innings, and Soumya repeats it next ball. If anything, the second pull stroke was even better. It made the most beautiful sound off the bat.
Ngidi moves around the wicket in response and finds the edge with a lovely delivery, but the ball goes straight between du Plessis and Markram in the slips before running away for four. Each left it to the other.
4th over: Bangladesh 14-0 (Tamim 7, Soumya 5) Tamim inside-edges Rabada through square leg for a couple. Bangladesh are still struggling to find the middle of the bat.
“I was at the Oval for the warm-up game last weekend,” says Andrew Cosgrove. “It seemed like most of the merch there was 1999 tournament kit with a new badge sewn on. I wondered if it was stuff that’s just been sitting in a warehouse waiting for the next World Cup in England, or if they’ve just printed off new stuff to the same design. It seems odd that the new kits weren’t on sale, though.”
3rd over: Bangladesh 9-0 (Tamim 4, Soumya 4) Tamim drives Ngidi through extra cover for a couple. He didn’t really get hold of it; in fact, both batsmen have struggled to time their attacking strokes in the first few overs. South Africa’s bowlers have started impressively, and Ngidi beat Tamim twice in that over.
2nd over: Bangladesh 7-0 (Tamim 2, Soumya 4) Kagiso Rabada starts with a fine over to Tamim Iqbal, cramping him for room from over the wicket. Tamim edges the final ball along the ground for a single.
1st over: Bangladesh 5-0 (Tamim 1, Soumya 4) The Imran Tahir experiment worked against England but it was a bespoke tactic, and Lungi Ngidi will bowl the first over today. Soumya Sarkar, who has been in great form of late, flick-pulls the first boundary of the innings to the audible delight of the many Bangladesh fans at the Oval.
“South Africa are wearing their yellow away strip as they don’t want to clash with Bangladesh?” sniffs Tim Featherstone-Griffin. “Since when did cricket need away strips? Can I remind everyone that we used to play this game with everyone wearing the same colour!”
Yes, ‘clash kits’ are a thing in this tournament. I like the idea, even though it’s not strictly necessary. And South Africa’s change strip is a beauty.
“It’s a beautiful morning here in South London; if only I could be at the Oval,” says Andrew Cosgrove. “Is Amla out because of the blow to the head on Thursday? If so, does this mean he shouldn’t have come back out to bat again, and cricket really needs to sort out its concussion protocols?”
Yes, and almost certainly. (I’m not a concussion expert – I’m barely a concussion ignorant – so I might be missing something. )
Bangladesh Tamim, Soumya, Shakib, Mushfiqur (wk), Mithun, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek, Shaifuddin, Mehidy, Mortaza (c), Musafizur.
South Africa de Kock (wk), Markram, du Plessis (c), van der Dussen, Miller, Duminy, Phehlukwayo, Morris, Rabada, Ngidi, Tahir.
South Africa have won the toss and will – surprise, surprise – bowl first
Tamim Iqbal plays for Bangladesh; Hashim Amla and Dale Steyn are out through injury.
Wanted: a contest. The first four matches of the World Cup have ranged from ultimately one-sided to painfully one-sided, so hopefully Bangladesh and South Africa will produce something a bit more competitive at the Oval today.
Bangladesh are still a bit underrated, despite plenty of evidence to the contrary; they made short work of West Indies in the recent Tri-Nation Series in Ireland and reached the Champions Trophy semi-finals in this country two years ago. On a used pitch – the same one South Africa played on against England on Thursday – they are capable of causing an upset. If, indeed, it would be an upset at all.
Both teams have injury doubts: Tamim Iqbal for Bangladesh, Hashim Amla and Dale Steyn for South Africa. We’ll have the team news, and the toss, any second now.
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Publish date : 2019-06-02 11:03:00