SA conjure a win from nowhere

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Klaasen, Miller, Maharaj and Rabada all had a hand in helping them win by four runs Firdose Moonda 10-Jun-2024 • 15 hrs ago 2:25 Should cricket revisit the leg-bye rule on a referral?
Bangladesh fell short by four runs.
0:59 Morkel: South Africa held their nerve defending a low total South Africa leave the USA with three wins from three matches, and will move to St. Vincent to play Nepal in their last group match.
Bangladesh also head to the West Indies, and will play Netherlands and Nepal, with the Super 8s still in sight.
South Africa have only lost their first four wickets by end of the fifth over on five occasions in men’s T20Is, and two of them came in this competition.
Three overs: 15 runs Bangladesh had to get 20 runs off the last 18 balls, and after putting on the squeeze in that period would have expected it to be difficult but perhaps not this difficult.
However, Mahmdullah’s effort found Markram, while Taskin could only hit the final ball to cover to give South Africa a nervy anti-choke win.
Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo’s correspondent for South Africa and women’s cricket

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By a margin of four runs, they were assisted by Klaasen, Miller, Maharaj, and Rabada.

Moonda Firdose.

10-Jun-2024; fifteen hours ago.

1:25.

Should cricket review its leg-bye rule in the event of a referral?

Bangladesh’s 109 for 7 (Hridoy 37, Maharaj 3-27, Nortje 2-17, Rabada 2-19) was defeated by South Africa 113 for 6 (Klaasen 46, Miller 29, Tanzim 3-18, Taskin 2-19) by a margin of four runs.

In order to retain their perfect winning record at the T20 World Cup 2024, South Africa overcame a significant scare. In their final match at Eisenhower Park in New York, they decided to bat first. Aiden Markram took a calculated risk when he decided to post a total on a used wicket. South Africa was 23 for 4, but Heinrich Klaasen and David Miller put on a record 79 runs apiece in the fifth wicket to take the team to 113, a total they valiantly attempted to hold.

Bangladesh did not have the best of starts. Ten overs saw them down to 50 for 4, but they rallied with 44 from Towhid Hridoy and Mahmudullah for the fifth wicket. They nearly overcame them as well, and they will reflect on one instance that might have prompted a Super Over. Ottneil Baartman attempted a flick that Mahmudullah missed in the 17th over, but it struck his front pad and deflected to the boundary for what appeared to be four leg byes. However, the ball was dead at the point of impact because he was given out off it, and the call was reviewed. Ball-tracking indicated that Mahmudullah was not out, but the four runs were invalid because he was given out, in accordance with the ICC’s DRS (3.7) protocols. 1) in the T20Is playing circumstances.

Finally. Bangladesh lost by four wickets. They lost the game as a result of that and their inability to take advantage of Keshav Maharaj bowling the final over for the first time in T20Is and giving up three full tosses.

Following Markram’s earlier removal of the seamers, Maharaj was given the final over to bowl. Although neither Mahmudullah nor Jaker Ali were able to cross the boundary, it appeared to be an error in judgment as he claimed two wickets as Bangladesh attempted to do so. Bangladesh’s hopes were all but dashed when Mahmudullah was out on the penultimate ball, off a full toss, to a perfectly timed running catch by Markram from long on.

0:59.

Morkel: In defense of a low total, South Africa showed resilience.

South Africa, having won three of their three games, departs the USA and heads to St. In their final group game, Vincent will take on Nepal. They have the best chance of making it to the Super 8s. With the Super 8s still in reach, Bangladesh is also traveling to the West Indies, where they will play Nepal and the Netherlands.

Top-three troubles.

South Africa’s top three have underperformed so far, despite the country’s batting lineup being talked up for its strength—even on challenging batting surfaces. In nine visits to the crease, Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, and Markram have combined to score 61 runs at an average of 6 points per trip. Only Uganda and PNG have lower averages among the teams that have participated in at least two games in the tournament.

With the lowest scores of the three players—four, three, and zero—and dismissal techniques that seem to indicate a technical shortcoming, Hendricks will be the main target of concern. Hendricks has played down the incorrect line twice in the last two games after getting caught in his crease. With Ryan Rickelton, another opener, waiting on the bench, he may have to watch over his shoulder for a chance to play in the next game.

Tristan Stubbs’ dismissal for a duck in the fifth over made matters worse. In men’s T20Is, South Africa has only lost their opening four wickets five times by the end of the fifth over, and two of those occurrences occurred in this competition. With Klaasen and Miller available to support them during the middle of the inning, they were fortunate.

Thirteen runs in three overs.

Taskin Ahmed took control of the final stages with assistance from Mustafizur Rahman and Rishad Hossain, following Tanzim Hasan (3 for 18) who had set the tone with wickets early on. The trio removed both danger batsmen Klaasen and Miller in a crucial display of death bowling, giving up just 13 runs between them in the final three overs of South Africa’s innings. The ball bounced low and struck leg stump, dismissing Klaasen midway through the eighteenth over, after he had slogged across the line but was early on his shot. With four overs remaining, Taskin only gave up three singles, concluding his innings with 2 for 19.

Using legspinner Rishad in the penultimate over might have been a risk given his three previous overs costing 28 runs, but he removed Miller with a second ball topspinner and Maharaj was unable to remove him. Only four were needed for Rishad’s last over. Next was the Fizz, who denied Maharaj the ball for four straight tries before a fifth was ruled out for wide. The batters were disappointed with their lack of a boundary in the final three overs, as they scored three runs off the final two balls.

1:24.

Morkel: In the face of spinners, Miller and Klaasen demonstrated maturity.

To David Miller, happy birthday.

When Miller beat the opening ball Mahmudullah bowled, it was a gift for his 35th birthday. However, Litton Das could not move fast enough to grab the catch as he was standing up to the stumps. Miller started out with a score of 13, more than doubling it to finish on 29. However, he would still receive gifts after that. Not satisfied with what he had given Miller, Litton slapped the ball straight to Maharaj, who was stationed at extra cover when the latter was brought on to bowl the first over following the powerplay. In the seventh over, Bangladesh was at 29 for 2, and Miller made no mistakes.

15 runs in three overs.

With the pressure on during that time, Bangladesh would have expected it to be tough, but maybe not this tough, as they needed to score 20 runs off the final 18 balls. Despite not playing at his best thus far in the tournament, Kagiso Rabada bowled the 18th over. When Hridoy mishandled a clip to the leg side, he only made a passing impression, but he was rewarded with a wicket right away. In an over of challenging lengths, Rabada gave up just one more run.

Then Baartman stepped up for the 19th, and stuck to a slightly fuller length which neither Mahmudullah nor Jaker could get away. 7 runs were given up by him. When Maharaj, who has never performed this task before, was left with the final six balls, that was the test. He gave a wide start at first. Mahmudullah hit a low full toss with force to the ground on his second ball that was legal, but the outfield was too slow to stop it from reaching the rope. After failing to clear long-on in Jaker’s attempt to send the next one over the rope, Rishad succeeded in a leg bye.

However, the final two balls were complete throws that ought to have been thrown over the rope. But Taskin could only hit the last ball to cover after Mahmdullah’s effort found Markram, giving South Africa a nervous victory against choke.

ESPNcricinfo’s correspondent for women’s cricket and South Africa is Firdose Moonda.

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