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T20 World Cup 2024: South Africa qualify for Super Eight stage with win over Bangladesh

T20 World Cup 2024
South Africa's Marco Jansen celebrates with teammates.Credit: Reuters Photo

New York, June 11: South Africa became the first team to qualify for the T20 World Cup Super Eight stage as spinner Keshav Maharaj defended 11 runs off the final over to help secure a nail-biting four-run victory over Bangladesh in a low-scoring Group D clash on Monday.
South Africa won the toss and elected to bat on another difficult wicket in New York, the third day in a row the same pitch has been used, and limped to 113 for six in their 20 overs having recovered from 23-4.
Heinrich Klaasen (46) and David Miller (29) put on 79 for the fifth wicket, a record for South Africa in T20 World Cups, to get their total past the century mark against excellent Bangladesh bowling.
The sub-continent side also found scoring difficult but when Towhid Hridoy (37) put on 44 for the fifth wicket with Mahmudullah (20), they looked on course for their first victory over the South Africans in T20 cricket.
But when Hridoy departed the scoring rate slowed again and, needing six from the final two balls, Mahmudullah was a metre away from clearing the rope but caught on the boundary by Aiden Markram as Maharaj finished with 3-27 in his four overs.
South Africa have three wins from their three games in the pool, all on the two-paced uneven New York wicket, while Bangladesh have a win and a defeat from their two fixtures.
It wasn’t a good call for us: Hridoy on Bangladesh losing 4 leg byes due to DRS rule
The on-field umpire’s decision to adjudge veteran batter Mahmudullah Riyad LBW, which was subsequently overturned in a review, was a bad call that cost Bangladesh the match against South Africa, their young batter Towhid Hridoy has said.
Bangladesh ended at 109/7 while chasing a target of 114 against South Africa. A contentious ICC rule saw them lose four leg bye runs when Mahmudullah was given out leg before by on-field umpire Sam Nogajski off an Ottneil Baartman delivery.
The ball had crossed the boundary ropes but it was deemed dead as Mahmudullah opted for DRS and got the decision overturned.
As per ICC rules, no extra runs (leg-byes or byes) can be given if on-field umpire gives a batter out LBW even if the decision is overturned by the third umpire. However, leg-bye runs can be awarded if the on-field umpire’s decision of not out stays after a review.
“Actually, to be honest, that wasn’t a good call. It was a tight match. So, I think in my point of view, umpire gave out, but it’s bit hard for us because those four runs would have changed the match scenario.
“So, I don’t have anything to say about it,” Hridoy said when asked about the four runs that Bangladesh didn’t get.
The 23-year-old Hridoy, however, chose to side-step the query when asked whethe he agrees with the rule.
“See, the rule, what the ICC has done is not in my hands but at that time those four runs were very important for us. I think the umpire has given the call and the umpire can give a call. They are also human beings and they could have made a mistake.
“But we had two-three more wides which were not given. So, in a match like this, where hardly a run is being made in a low-scoring match, one or two runs are a big factor.
“So, I think those four runs or two wide runs were close calls. Even my out (dismissal) was the umpire’s call. So, I think there is room for improvement in these areas. And we have nothing to do with rules that the ICC made.” (Reuters/PTI)