SA vs BAN: Keshav Maharaj’s matchwinner, South Africa’s world record, thrilling 4-run win over Bangladesh

South Africa's Historic Defense
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South Africa’s Historic Defense

South Africa beat Bangladesh in the 21st match of the ICC T20 World Cup 2024. Keshav Maharaj has defended South Africa with 11 runs in the last over. South Africa challenged Bangladesh by 114 runs for victory. Bangladesh fought back to bring the match to the 20th over.

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Nail-Biting Final Over:

Bangladesh needed 11 runs off the last over to secure a win, with experienced batsmen Mahmudullah and Zakir Ali at the crease. The over started with a wide, increasing the pressure on Maharaj. Mahmudullah managed a single on the first legal delivery, followed by Zakir Ali taking 2 runs off the second ball. On the third ball, Zakir Ali was caught by Aiden Markram, bringing Rishad Hausain to the field. Rishad took a single, putting Mahmudullah back on strike with 6 runs needed from 2 balls. Mahmudullah’s next shot was caught by Markram on the boundary, leaving Bangladesh needing 6 runs off the final ball. Taskin Ahmed could only score a single, sealing a dramatic victory for South Africa. Maharaj’s remarkable last over saw him take 2 wickets and give away just 4 runs.

Key Performances and Records

South Africa created a new history with this victory. Africa became the team to successfully defend the lowest total in the T20 World Cup. Earlier this world record was held by Sri Lanka. Lanka had defended 119 runs against New Zealand in 2014.

Before that, South Africa won the toss and elected to bat. Henrik Klaassen and David Miller’s 79-run partnership for the fifth wicket helped South Africa reach 113 for the loss of 6 wickets in 20 overs. Henrik Klaasen and David Miller top scored for South Africa with 46 and 29 respectively. While others knelt before the Bangladeshi bowlers. Tanzim Hasan Saqib dismissed three from Bangladesh. Taskin Ahmed took 2 wickets. Rishad Hausain took 1 wicket.

Bangladesh Playing XI: Najmul Hossain Shanto (captain), Tanzid Hasan, Liton Das (wicketkeeper), Tauheed Hrodoy, Shakib Al Hasan, Zakir Ali, Mahmudullah, Rishad Hussain, Taskin Ahmed, Tanzim Hasan Saqib and Mustafizur Rahman.

South Africa Playing XI: Aiden Markram (captain), Reza Hendricks, Quinton de Kock (wicketkeeper), Tristan Stubbs, Henrik Klaasen, David Miller, Marco Jansen, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Enrich Norkhia and Otneil Baartman.

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