London, Jun 2: A marvelous innings by Mushfiqur Rahim 78 runs off 84 balls and Shakib Al Hasan 75 runs off 84 balls helped Bangladesh to post a defendable total of 330 runs against South Africa in stipulated 50 overs here at the Oval on Sunday.
After being invited to bat, Bangladesh got off to a decent start as both the openers Tamim Iqbal (16) and Soumya Sarkar (42) added 60 runs for the first wicket. Before the partnership between duo could have turned into a big totals, Andile Phehlukwayo struck and sent Iqbal back to the hut as he was caught Quinton de Kock in 8.2 overs.
Sarkar before falling to Chris Morris added 15 runs with Shakib to his team total.
As both the openers were back to the pavilion, Shakib and Mushfiqur took the charge and stitched 142-run-partnership for the third wicket. The duo played handsomely and scored runs from each corner of the park guiding their team to a challenging total. But in 35.1 after crossing 200 mark, on the first ball of 35th over, Imran Tahir bowled Shakib on a score of 75 runs. His innings included 8 fours and 1 six.
However, from the other end, Mushfiqur kept the scoreboard running and took Bangladesh from 217 to 250 before falling to Phehlukwayo on the first ball of 42nd over.
Both Shakib and Mushfiqur have already completed their work by pushing Bangladesh to a decent total.
After 42nd over the rest of the burden was on the lower order to post highest score on the board, and they played their part brilliantly as Mahmudullah (46) and Mosaddek Hossain (26) added 66 runs for the sixth wicket and eventually in the last over they scored 14 runs by setting a challenging total of 330 runs, which was the highest total in World Cup and it was also highest score against South Africa by Bangladesh.
Mehedi Hasan remained unbeaten on a score of 5 runs.
For South Africa, Andile Phehlukwayo and Imran Tahir and Chris Morris took wickets apiece. (UNI)