Cricket World Cup: Bangladesh too good for lacklustre South Africa

• Bangladesh 330-6; South Africa 309-8
• Proteas have now lost their first two games

After its opening fixtures had delivered a run of one-sided results, the World Cup got its first nerve-jangler – and its first upset – as Bangladesh beat South Africa by 21 runs. Faf du Plessis’s men needed a record run-chase to defeat the Tigers. They did not make it.

No team had scored 330 in the first innings of a World Cup game and lost, and South Africa were always behind the rate. But the latent threat of their middle-order – combined with fielding mishaps that denied Bangladesh key wickets – kept the game on edge until late in the day, when Bangladesh’s perseverance paid off.

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