Tsotsobe, Peterson star in big SA win
Dhaka, Bangladesh – South Africa secured top spot in Group B of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 and sent Bangladesh to the brink of elimination with a comprehensive 206-run thrashing of the co-hosts on Saturday.
South Africa’s win means India and England are also assured of quarter-final places. West Indies are also expected to secure a spot in the final eight as well. The Windies will play their final group match on Sunday against India.
The South Africans got on top early, posting 284-8 off their 50 overs at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur. Left-arm spinner Robin Peterson then took 4-12 as Bangladesh were flattened for 78 in 28 overs.
The bowling hero for South Arica was left-arm seamer Lonwabo Tsotsobe who got the Man-of-the-Match award for his 3-14. Playing in his first match of the tournament, the six-footer made the early breakthroughs, dismissing Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes and Shahriar Nafees all in single figures.
Peterson struck to have Mushfiqur Rahim caught by Smith and also had skipper Shakib al-Hasan caught behind for 30. He also bowled Naeem Islam and Shafiul Islam.
Earlier, Smith (45) shared a 98-run opening stand with Hashim Amla (51). Then Jacques Kallis (69) shared stands of 34 with JP Duminy (17) and 82 with Faf du Plessis (52) before giving a return catch to Shakib and was out for 69.
Seamer Rubel Hossain took a wicket in the last over and finished with 3-56, while Shakib returned 2-46 with his left-arm spin.
Asked what he would like to say to disappointed fans, Shakib said, simply: “Sorry”.
South Africa skipper Graeme Smith said his Proteas were hitting the kind of form which made them good prospects to win the tournament. “We are just going to take it a step at a time, change nothing and just keep going the way we are.”