Turning Point: The whole world was trying to make Bangladesh win… but Keshav was not okay with it; he won the match in 2 balls

New Delhi. This can be called the most exciting over not only of the South Africa and Bangladesh match, but of all the T20 World Cup matches so far. An over in which Bangladesh needed 11 runs to win and had 5 wickets left. There were two specialist batsmen at the crease. One batsman was at the crease for 45 minutes. It was as if the whole universe was united to make Bangladesh win. But Keshav Maharaj did not approve of this. Keshav came and finished off Bangladesh in this last over of his match. He made South Africa win the lost match. With this, South Africa became the first team to reach the Super-8 of the T20 World Cup.

South Africa vs Bangladesh was played on the same Nassau County pitch on which the India-Pakistan match was played. It was no longer a secret that the pitch was not good for batting at all. The whole world knew this. As a result, South African captain Aiden Markram won the toss and said that he would bat first. He argued that batting would become difficult later.

South Africa came on the field with the intention that whatever runs they want to score, they should score them quickly. They will not be able to score later. But this thinking of theirs backfired when they lost 4 wickets for 23 runs within 5 overs. On one hand, they had a dream of 120-130 and on the other hand, the team started struggling to score even 50 runs. At such a time, the two senior batsmen of the team came in handy. Heinrich Klaasen and David Miller showed their test match game in the T20 match. The intention was clear that they should not get out, but runs will be scored. Klaasen and Miller succeeded in their intention. They saved the team from the crisis by making a partnership of 79 runs for the fifth wicket. South Africa scored 113 runs in the stipulated 20 overs. This was the same number of runs that Pakistan had scored to lose. That is, South Africa’s runs were 10-15 runs less than expected. Its bowlers compensated for this by restricting Bangladesh to a score of 109.

Bangladesh also had a bad start while chasing the target of 114 runs. They lost 4 wickets within 50 runs. But after this, Tauhid Hridaya (37) and Mahmudullah (20) took charge of the innings. This pair broke after Tauhid was out when Bangladesh had reached 94 runs.

After Tauheed was out, Bangladesh needed 20 runs from 17 balls to win. The target was not difficult. From here Mahmudullah and Zaker Ali (8) took the team to 102 runs. Now Bangladesh had to score 11 runs from the last over i.e. 6 balls to win and Mahmudullah and Zaker Ali were at the crease.

Tags: Bangladesh, ICC T20 world cup, south africa, T20 World Cup

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