Bangladesh open World Cup account with victory over struggling South Africa

An AFP photographer found himself being acclaimed by a capacity crowd at the Oval on Sunday after he held a stunning catch during a World Cup match between Bangladesh and South Africa.

South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis claimed there would be "harsh words" for his team ahead of Wednesday's World Cup match with India at Southampton.

South Africa, who lost to hosts England in their opening match, have included all-rounder Chris Morris in place of Dwaine Pretorius while David Miller has replaced Hashim Amla.

With part-time bowlers Aiden Markram and JP Duminy filling in for the absent Ngidi and Dale Steyn sidelined again by a shoulder injury, South Africa's bowling attack was hardly threatening as Shakib reached his fifty easily.

Ngidi bowled only four overs against Bangladesh and walked back to the dressing room after the conclusion of the seventh over.

Quinton De Kock's mix-up run out summed up South Africa's day, the wicketkeeper batsman departing for 23 after Aiden Markram rejected a run.

'I'm extremely disappointed, ' said an ashen-faced du Plessis during a press conference that felt more like a post-mortem.

The Bangla Tigers have made massive strides in the game, especially the 50-over format in the last decade and a half.

Mushfiqur and Shakib added 142 runs for the third wicket to notch up Bangladesh's highest World Cup partnership in an aggressive batting display backed by enthusiastic support.

'It was one of our best performances, because English conditions are not easy for us, ' said Bangladesh captain Mashrafe bin Mortaza.

After reaching the World Cup quarter-finals in 2015, Bangladesh once again look capable of shaking up cricket's established order, much to the delight of their army of vociferous supporters who packed the Oval.

Mahmudullah's boisterous 46 not out from 33 balls pushed Bangladesh past their previous highest one-day global total of 329 for six against Pakistan in 2015.


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