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Bangladesh smothered a lackluster South Africa to begin the Cricket World Cup with an easy 21-run victory at the Oval.

“Lungi, he’s got a beautiful action. The way he came back (from a slow start) was beautiful. You know, to get Jos Buttler out, he’s probably one of the best strikers in the world,” he said.

For Bangladesh, Mashrafe Mortaza hopes to be fit to captain the team despite suffering a hamstring strain while bowling during the warm-up match against India on Tuesday.

“A lot of times in such cases I face trouble bowling the first one or two overs. Once I get through that, I don’t face any more problems,” he said.

Bangladesh posted its highest one-day international total of 330-6 after being made to bat first, then restricted South Africa to 309-8 in front of an ecstatic crowd who made the atmosphere feel more like a home game in Dhaka than suburban London.

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis has challenged his side to make amends for the painful start to their World Cup campaign as the team aims to bounce back against Bangladesh on Sunday.

Bangladesh made the perfect start to their World Cup 2019 campaign as their highest one-day international score inspired a 21-run win over a beleaguered South Africa on Sunday. Mashrafe Mortaza’s side posted 330 for six as Mushfiqur Rahim (78) and Shakib Al Hasan (75) laid the foundations of their impressive display at the Oval. Mahmudullah’s boisterous 46 not out from 33 balls pushed Bangladesh past their previous highest one-day international total of 329 for six against Pakistan in 2015.

Attempting to become the first team to successfully chase more than 330 to win a World Cup match, South Africa’s bid to rewrite the record books fell short at 309 for eight.

Proteas skipper Faf du Plessis scored 62 from 53 balls, but Bangladesh seamer Mustafizur Rahman took three wickets and economical spinners Shakib and Mehidy Hasan wrapped up a memorable victory.

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.

“It will be one of our top wins,” said Shakib at the presentation ceremony.

“We have done some upsets at World Cups but we want to prove something at this tournament.”

In contrast, South Africa are in turmoil after du Plessis’ decision to bowl first backfired despite two wickets from veteran spinner Imran Tahir in his 100th ODI appearance.

With the World Cup just four days old, they have already lost twice in south London — this disappointing performance coming hot on the heels of their 104-run thrashing by hosts England in the tournament opener.

South Africa, who have never won the World Cup, are left with little margin for error in the rest of the 10-team group stage, which sees each country play nine matches.

It won’t get any easier for Du Plessis’ troubled side in their next match when they face title contenders India on Wednesday.

Quinton de Kock and Aiden Markram needed to get South Africa’s chase off to a fast start and they reached 49 before a disastrous blunder sent them spiralling towards defeat.

De Kock was run out for 23 after being rashly called for a single by Markram, whose partner’s edge was fumbled by Mushfiqur before the wicket-keeper recovered to throw out the opener.

That brought du Plessis to the crease and together with Markram he put on 53 in 60 balls.

But Shakib curtailed that partnership when his perfectly-flighted delivery bowled Markham for 45 to leave South Africa 102 for two in the 20th over.

That made Shakib just the fifth player to score 5,000 runs and take 250 wickets in ODIs.

The Proteas suffered a 104-run thrashing against hosts England in the tournament’s opening match on Thursday.

South Africa collapsed while chasing for the second time in two World Cup matches, after losing its opener to England by 104 runs. And its injury woes deepened when paceman Lungi Ngidi, who opened the bowling on Sunday, limped away with a left hamstring problem after delivering only four overs.

Bangladesh launched its campaign in style on the back of its biggest World Cup partnership of 142 by Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan, the world’s top-ranked allrounder.

They casually took apart the South Africans until they were gone by the 43rd over, after which Mahmudullah and Mosaddek Hossain hit 60 off the last seven overs to rush Bangladesh past 300 and to its biggest total in its 33-year history in ODIs.

Not the time to panic

But it has a chance to get back on track when it returns to the Oval to face Bangladesh and du Plessis says now is not the time to panic.

“This is where it’s important for us to make sure that you look at the World Cup for what it is. You know, you’re going to play games. You’re going to come up against quality opposition,” du Plessis said.

Bangladesh began their ICC World Cup 2019 campaign with a 21-run win over South Africa at the Oval. Bangladesh posted their highest one-day international total of 330 for six, with Mushfiqur Rahim (78) and Shakib Al Hasan (75) putting on 142 before Mahmudullah added late impetus with an unbeaten 46. Bangladesh then restricted South Africa to 309 for eight with fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman taking three wickets.

Quinton de Kock of South Africa during the fifth Momentum One Day International between South Africa and England at Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town on 14 February 2016 ©Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

Quinton de Kock would possibly be one of a handful of South African players to show some fight as the Proteas went down by a big 104-run margin to England in their first World Cup 2019 match. Even otherwise, De Kock has been one of the most consistent players for South Africa in the recent past and he will always be one of the biggest keys for the team if they hope to keep their World Cup 2019 campaign on the rails.

De Kock was the top-scorer for South Africa with 68 runs and he was one player who looked to have the pace of the England attack, till he departed.

De Kock made his debut against New Zealand at Paarl in January 2013. Since then, he has been part of the South African One-day International (ODI) XI in 107 matches (107 innings) in which he has scored 4670 runs at an average of 45.78 and a great strike rate of 95.75.

De Kock has scored 14 centuries with a best of 178 and also 22 half-centuries.

His performance behind the stumps is equally impressive, as he has 150 catches and eight stumpings.

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