Bangladesh made the perfect start to their World Cup campaign as they inspired a 21-run win over a beleaguered South Africa on Sunday (June 2).
As Mushfiqur Rahim (78) and Shakib Al Hasan (75) laid the foundations of their impressive display at the Oval, Mashrafe Mortaza’s side posted 330 for six. The boisterous 46 not out of 33 balls of Mahmudullah pushed Bangladesh past their previous highest international one-day total of 329 for six against Pakistan in 2015.
In an attempt to become the first team to chase more than 330 successfully to win a World Cup match, the bid by South Africa to rewrite record books fell short for eight at 309. Proteas skipper Faf du Plessis scored 62 out of 53 balls, but Bangladesh seamer Mustafizur Rahman took three wickets and Shakib and Mehidy Hasan wrapped up a memorable victory with economic spinners.