Afghanistan suffered a second Twenty20 defeat in as many days as they were edged out by Bangladesh in a dress rehearsal for the tri-series final.

Rashid Khan's men had seen a record run of 12 consecutive wins ended when they lost to Zimbabwe on Friday, and another reverse followed thanks to an inspirational knock from Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan.

These two sides were already assured of places in Tuesday's final, with Zimbabwe out, but there was plenty for them to mull over from a topsy-turvy affair.

Afghanistan were sent in to bat first and started steadily before collapsing from 75-0 to 96-5, Afif Hossain – who claimed 2-9 from three overs - making the crucial breakthrough.

Shafiqullah's unbeaten 23 helped Afghanistan recover to a semi-respectable 138-7 and they looked to be in a promising position when Bangladesh struggled early on, 12-2 in the fourth over.

But Shakib (70 not out) lifted his side, continuing to battle away even as wickets started to fall around him, with Rashid Khan taking a pair despite briefly departing with an apparent hamstring issue.

Mosaddek Hossain joined his skipper in a strong late stand and Bangladesh reached their target with four wickets in hand and with an over to spare.

Shakib Al Hasan has claimed he is "not mentally prepared" nor "interested" in being the Test and T20I captain of Bangladesh, despite continuing to hold the roles.

The 32-year-old was superb as vice-captain of the one-day team at the Cricket World Cup earlier this year, surpassing Sachin Tendulkar's record for most runs in the group stage.

Shakib also became the first player to score 500 runs and take 10 wickets in a World Cup tournament.

But reverting to the role of captain in other forms of the game is not a prospect that fills Shakib with delight as he waits for the country's younger players to take on more responsibility.

"I am not even mentally prepared to lead in Tests and T20s," the all-rounder said to newspaper Prothom Alo. 

"I am not really interested in leading in any format. I can focus on myself if I am not captaining, which would help the team.

"But the team is not in a good shape, so I understand that I have to lead to get it back on track."

Shakib explained: "I want to see the younger lot to take responsibility. We [Shakib and Mushfiqur Rahim] got captaincy at a very young age, but they have now turned 26, 27. 

"Unless you give them responsibility, you won't know what they can do. The World Test Championship and T20 World Cup are up ahead, so we should plan for the next four years."

Shakib believes the struggles of ODI captain Mashrafe Mortaza at the World Cup proves his point about the extra responsibilities hindering individual performances.

"I had the belief that we could go further in this World Cup and it may have been possible if we had contributions from everyone," he said, with Mortaza only claiming one wicket from eight games.

"When a player doesn't perform, he thinks more about himself than the team, which creates the problem. I think it happened in Mashrafe bhai's case.

"It was a big issue, for himself and the team, that the captain wasn't performing. The captain has to perform, but we were behind in that aspect."

Bangladesh face Afghanistan in a Test match starting at Chattogram on September 5.

The Cricket World Cup group stage is over and the build-up to the semi-finals is under way.

Group winners India will take on New Zealand at Old Trafford on Tuesday, with hosts England facing rivals Australia at Edgbaston two days later.

With the feast of cricket coming towards its conclusion, we take a look back at some of the stats from the first round with the help of Opta.

 

BATSMEN

Most runs

1. Rohit Sharma (India) 647
2. David Warner (Australia) 638
3. Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh) 606
4. Aaron Finch (Australia) 507
5. Joe Root (England) 500

Batting averages

1. Kane Williamson (New Zealand) 96.20
2. Rohit Sharma (India) 92.42
3. Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh) 86.57
4. David Warner (Australia) 79.75
5. Samiullah Shinwari (Afghanistan) 74.00

Fours

1. Rohit Sharma (India) 67
2. David Warner (Australia) 64
3. Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh) 60
4. Jonny Bairstow (England) 55
5. Babar Azam (Pakistan) 50

Sixes

1. Eoin Morgan (England) 22
2. Aaron Finch (Australia) 18
3. Rohit Sharma (India) 14
4. Chris Gayle (West Indies) 12
5. Jonny Bairstow (England) 11

Fastest hundreds (by deliveries)

1. Eoin Morgan (England) 57 v Afghanistan
2. Jos Buttler (England) 75 v Pakistan
3. Carlos Brathwaite (West Indies) 80 v New Zealand
4. Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh) 83 v West Indies
5. Rohit Sharma (India) 95 v Pakistan

BOWLERS

Most wickets

1. Mitchell Starc (Australia) 26
2. Mustafizur Rahman (Bangladesh) 20
=3. Lockie Ferguson (New Zealand) 17
=3. Jaspirt Bumrah (India) 17
=3. Mohammad Amir (Pakistan) 17
=3. Jofra Archer (England) 17

Economy rate (from seven or more innings)

1. Colin de Grandhomme (New Zealand) 4.46
2. Mujeeb Ur Rahman (Afghanistan) 4.47
3. Jasprit Bumrah (India) 4.48
4. Mohammad Nabi (Afghanistan) 4.61
5. Ben Stokes (England) 4.65

Dot balls

1. Jofra Archer (England) 300
2. Pat Cummins (Australia) 295
3. Mitchell Starc (Australia) 288
4. Trent Boult (New Zealand) 284
5. Kagiso Rabada (South Africa) 273

Sixes conceded

1. Rashid Khan (Afghanistan) 14
2. Yuzvendra Chahal (India) 13
=3. Mohammad Nabi (Afghanistan) 10
=3. Adil Rashid (England) 10
=5. Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh) 9
=5. Dawlat Zadran (Afghanistan) 9
=5. Glenn Maxwell (Australia) 9

Runs conceded

1. Mustafizur Rahman (Bangladesh) 483
2. Adil Rashid (England) 433
3. Mitchell Starc (Australia) 432
4. Gulbadin Naib (Afghanistan) 419
5. Mohammad Saifuddin (Bangladesh) 417

Sarfraz Ahmed paid tribute to Pakistan fast bowler Shaheen Afridi after he posted his country's best Cricket World Cup figures in Friday's win over Bangladesh.

Pakistan were knocked out of the World Cup as their 94-run win was not a large enough victory to overhaul New Zealand but much of the focus was on teenager Shaheen, who took 6-35 runs to decimate the Bangladesh batting order.

Captain Sarfraz considered the display "one of the best" he had seen but suggested 19-year-old Shaheen has consistently been performing at a similarly lofty level in the past couple of weeks.

"The way Shaheen is bowling in the last four matches is very good," he said in the post-match presentation. "The consistency is amazing, with the line and length.

"Today he's taken six wickets and it was one of the best bowling performances I've ever seen."

Pakistan crashed out despite winning four consecutive matches to finish the group stage, at least giving Sarfraz cause for encouragement.

"It's very unfortunate that we've played really good cricket in the last four matches but we could not qualify," he said. "There was only the one match that cost us [in terms of run rate].

"Throughout the tournament, we've played very good cricket and the boys responded very well after the India match."

Bangladesh also bowed out despite Shakib Al Hasan's 606 runs moving him clear as the tournament's top scorer, prompting captain Mashrafe Mortaza to offer an apology to his star man.

"The whole team feel very sorry for him because we couldn't support him throughout the tournament, otherwise the team would have been in a different zone," he said.

"He batted exceptionally in almost every match, bowling very well, fielding well. I think he's been fantastic."

Mortaza later indicated he will take time to decide whether to continue his international career.

"My future plan is, obviously, going home from here, and I will have a think," he added.

Pakistan head into Friday's final Cricket World Cup group game against Bangladesh knowing the odds are stacked firmly against their semi-final qualification hopes.

Reaching the knockout stages remains a mathematical possibility for Sarfraz Ahmed's side following fourth-placed New Zealand's loss to hosts England on Wednesday. 

Yet, in reality, an improbable result of freak proportions will be required if the fifth-placed side are to overhaul a Black Caps team two points clear of them and with a superior net run rate.

If they are to stand any chance of extending their stay in England at all, they must bat first.

Should the toss go their way, they will then be required to record a victory of well in excess of 300 runs - 311 runs after posting 350 or by 316 runs after scoring 400 - in order to better New Zealand's net run-rate, which stands at +0.175 as opposed to Pakistan's score of -0.792.

Do not expect Bangladesh to be pushovers, however. They have proven tricky opponents throughout the tournament and in star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan possess one of the top performers of this World Cup. 

Shakib has already claimed a place in the record books by becoming the first all-rounder in tournament history to score 500 runs and claim 10 wickets - and he is unlikely to be finished yet.


TOURNAMENT SO FAR

With four wins from their opening eight matches - including the scalps of England and New Zealand - there are plenty of positives for Pakistan to take from this World Cup. Consistency has evaded them, however, and there is an air of resignation to their fate.

It is a tournament which has delivered some memorable moments for Bangladesh too. That opening-match triumph over South Africa has set the tone for a series of spirited - and, on three occasions, winning - performances with the superb Shakib right at the very heart of it.


WHAT THEY SAID

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed: "Definitely, we're interested in finishing on a high note. So we will try our best. It is very difficult - 316 runs is a big margin. Only if you're batting first, if you score 600 runs or 500 runs. I don't know what the study is behind [how positions are decided in future World Cups] but I can't do anything."

Bangladesh coach Steve Rhodes: "There's no such thing as a dead rubber. Both teams desperate to beat each other. We certainly are. I'm pretty sure they are. They've got a lot to play for as well. So, we're looking to obviously win. We want to win. So if we can take the scalp of Pakistan in the World Cup, we'll be very, very proud of the boys."


OPTA FACTS

- Bangladesh have won their last four men's ODIs against Pakistan. Prior to this, Pakistan had recorded 31 wins from 32 clashes against the Tigers, including 25 in a row.
- Pakistan have won their last three Cricket World Cup 2019 matches; after becoming champions in 1992 they have only managed more consecutive victories at a single edition twice (four in both 1999 and 2015).
- Shakib Al Hasan has scored 542 runs so far, the most by a Bangladeshi at a single edition; in the process he has recorded six scores of 50+, only Sachin Tendulkar has recorded more in an edition of the tournament (seven in 2003).
- This will be the second meeting between Pakistan and Bangladesh at a World Cup, the first match took place when the tournament was last held in England (1999, Bangladesh won by 62 runs).

Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan feels he is reaping the rewards of perfect preparation after delivering another Cricket World Cup masterclass against Afghanistan on Monday.

Shakib matched a feat only Yuvraj Singh had achieved by scoring a half-century and taking five wickets in a World Cup contest at the Rose Bowl on Monday.

He made 51 before claiming 5-29 – the best figures of the tournament – in a 62-run victory in Southampton, with Mushfiqur Rahim's excellent 83 also boosting the Tigers' bid to qualify for the semi-finals.

Shakib again became the leading run-scorer in the competition, yet it was personal-best ODI bowling performance that gave him greater satisfaction as Afghanistan were dismissed for 200 in reply to 262-7.

"Luckily we started well so the fans have been behind us. I think the five wickets gave me greater pleasure," said Shakib after being handed the man-of-the-match award.

"I had to work really hard for the fifty. Mushfiqur played an important knock, without him we wouldn't have got the runs.

"We knew it was going to be tough with their three spinners, so it needed a team effort."

Shakib revealed work he did prior to the tournament has enabled him to light up the World Cup in spectacular fashion, having passed 50 five times and gone on to make two centuries.

"I did work really hard before the World Cup, I was well prepared – the best I could ever be prepared. It's paying off," the 32-year-old added after guiding Bangladesh up to fifth and just a point behind England.

"We want it to carry on, our next two games against India and Pakistan are big games."

The magnificent Shakib Al Hasan tormented Afghanistan as Bangladesh boosted their quest for a Cricket World Cup semi-final spot with a 62-run win at the Rose Bowl.

All-rounder Shakib again became the leading run-scorer in the tournament with a patient 51 before becoming only the second player to score a half-century and take five wickets in a World Cup contest – Yuvrah Singh being the other.

Mushfiqur Rahim followed up his century against Australia with a brilliant 83 on a tricky pitch, Mujeeb Ur Rahman (3-39) the pick of the bowlers in the Tigers' 262-7.

Shakib then excelled with the ball after reaching the 1000-run World Cup milestone and passing 50 for the fifth time in the tournament, his 5-29 the best of the tournament as Afghanistan were all out for 200 two days after giving India a monumental scare.

Captain Gulbadin Naib top scored with 47 after taking a couple of wickets and Samiullah Shinwari made a resilient unbeaten 49, but Afghanistan – eliminated following a dramatic 11-run loss to Virat Kohli's men – were unable to secure a first win.

Bangladesh's third success of the competition leaves them in fifth place, just a point behind fourth-placed England – the only blow being the loss of Mahmudullah to a calf injury

MUJEEB MYSTIFIES TOP ORDER

Spinner Mujeeb was excellent in a nail-biting defeat to India and he excelled again at the same Southampton venue.

The experiment of sending Liton Das in at the top of the order failed when Hashmatullah Shahidi's catch was deemed to be clean and Mujeeb trapped the in-form Shakib for a patient 51 after Mohammad Nabi removed Tamim Iqbal for 36.

While Rashid Khan again had no luck as Shakib was successful with a review when it appeared that the leg-spinner had pinned him lbw for 26, Mujeeb also snared Soumya Sarkar as he bowled with great variation and control.

 

MUSHFIQUR MAKES TIRED AFGHANISTAN TOIL

The magnificent Mushfiqur carried on where he left off against Australia, batting with power and improvisation in another classy knock.

There were switch hits, sweeps and glorious drives from the wicketkeeper-batsman, who brought up his half-century with a big six down the ground after 12 boundary-less overs.

Afghanistan lacked sharpness in the field and Mushfiqur gave them the runaround in another masterful innings, with Mosaddek Hossain blasting a rapid 35.

 

FIVE-STAR SHAK ATTACK

Shakib – who scored a half-century in a crushing win over the same opponents in the last World Cup – then demonstrated that he is one of the best all-rounders in the game by showing his prowess with ball in hand.

He saw the back of Rahmat Shah in his first over to end an opening stand of 49 and had figures of 3-6 from five overs after dismissing Gulbadin and Nabi in the 29th over – the latter bowled after missing a lovely flighted delivery.

The probing Shakib could do no wrong, sending Asghar Afghan and Najibullah Zadran on their way to claim his best ODI figures as Afghanistan crumbled.

Australia are wary of the threat posed by Shakib Al Hasan as they prepare to encounter the Cricket World Cup's leading run-scorer at Trent Bridge on Thursday.

The all-rounder has scored 384 in four innings so far, including a pair of centuries in his last two visits, and there is no disguising the fact he is Bangladesh's main threat.

Shakib made 124 not out as the Tigers chased down 322 inside 42 overs to hammer West Indies at Taunton on Monday, a victory that left them just two points adrift of the semi-final spots.

"I think he's in probably career-best form with the white ball," said Australia wicketkeeper Alex Carey of Shakib. "So we sort of know the areas and line and length we want to bowl to him and I guess out there we'll assess the conditions as well.

"No extra planning, I don't think. We normally have our plans going into every game and we assess each player accordingly.

"In terms of what we're going to bowl, we leave that up to the bowlers and the captain to do that, but we'd love to get him out early. He's in great form, along with the other players."

Australia could bring all-rounder Marcus Stoinis back into their side after he recovered from the side strain that saw him miss matches against Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

 

TOURNAMENT SO FAR

Australia have won four games from five to sit in a strong position to reach the semi-finals. Captain Aaron Finch is having a fine tournament with the bat, making 343 in five innings to date.

Bangladesh enter the match with two wins and two defeats plus one no-result due to rain. They cruised to a seven-wicket win over the Windies last time out.

WHAT THEY SAID

Carey: "Obviously Bangladesh are playing some really good cricket at the moment and it's led by Shakib. He's one guy we want to get out early."

Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza: "Shakib is brilliant. The way he's playing, I think we need to support him as well, his team. It's not been a one-man army, but as you said he's been doing outstandingly."

OPTA FACTS

- These two sides have been involved in 19 completed ODIs, with Australia winning 18 of those and losing just once, in Cardiff 14 years ago.

- Australia have won the World Cup more often than any other side (five times) and are looking to win this tournament for the fifth time in their last six attempts; Bangladesh are yet to reach the semi-final stage.

- Steve Smith is set to register his 100th ODI innings for Australia in this match. He has scored 3,674 runs across his previous 99 knocks and heads into this contest on the back of a 59-ball 73 against Sri Lanka.

- Shakib Al Hasan has managed to register 50 runs or more in five successive ODI knocks. No batsman has ever posted six half-centuries on the spin for Bangladesh. Shakib is currently tied for the record with Tamim Iqbal, who made five 50-plus scores in succession in 2012.

Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza called on his team to follow Shakib Al Hasan's "exceptional" contributions after a match-winning turn against West Indies.

Shakib made an unbeaten 124 - his second century in a row - as Bangladesh completed their highest ODI run chase and ran out resounding seven-wicket winners in Taunton.

Liton Das (94 not out) and Tamim Iqbal (48) also weighed in, but Mortaza acknowledged Shakib, who became the tournament's highest-scoring player on Monday, has been the Tigers' star of the Cricket World Cup so far.

Bangladesh are up to fifth in the standings with five points from as many matches and more performances like Shakib's could boost their chances of making the semi-finals.

"He has made it at this World Cup and delivered for the team," Mortaza said in the post-match presentation. "Every match he has come and brought something really exceptional.

"Hopefully he'll keep going and others will join him. In the last two matches, Mushy [Mushfiqur Rahim] has batted so well; today, Tamim and Soumya [Sarkar (29)] started batting so well."

For Shakib, another strong batting display was just reward for his own hard work and a call to move up to number three.

"It feels great - obviously to stay at the wicket until the end was the most satisfying thing," Shakib said. "I've been working on my batting for the past month and a half and it's been paying off.

"I know that if I bat at number three I'll get more opportunities, I'll get more time to bat. Sometimes, if I bat at number five, I'll come in at the 30th over or the 40th over, which is not ideal for me. So I wanted to bat up the order."

Asked about the prospect of another ton against Australia on Thursday, he replied: "I hope so. It'll be tough, especially playing against Australia, who are picking up their form. We have to bring our A-game."

The Windies were particularly disappointing with the ball but beaten skipper Jason Holder felt the problems started with a total of 321-8.

"We just didn't get enough runs," Holder said. "But having said that, I still think we could have been a lot more disciplined with the ball and we let ourselves down in the field as well.

"It was just a situation where we never got the momentum we probably should in the middle overs. We had too much to do at the back end.

"If you score 320 here, you've got to fight really hard in the field to defend it. We didn't get wickets and we let one or two chances slip."

Shakib Al Hasan's superb Cricket World Cup continued as he compiled an unbeaten century to lead Bangladesh to an emphatic seven-wicket win over West Indies at Taunton.

The Tigers were undaunted by a target of 322, in-form all-rounder Shakib leading the way with 124 not out - a second successive hundred for the tournament's leading run-scorer - against a sluggish Windies attack.

Liton Das added an unbeaten 94, sharing 189 with Shakib on a memorable day for Bangladesh, who romped home with 51 balls to spare and leapfrogged Windies into fifth position in the group stage.

West Indies' own qualification hopes look increasingly slim and they got off to a poor start when opener Chris Gayle was caught behind off Mohammad Saifuddin (3-72) for a 13-ball duck.

Shai Hope (96 off 121 balls) and Evin Lewis (70 off 67) responded impressively to lay a strong platform, before Shimron Hetmyer (50 off 26) and skipper Jason Holder (33 off 15) raised the tempo in the latter stages of an innings that featured three wickets for Mustafizur Rahman and two for Shakib.

A total of 321-8 looked to have left Bangladesh facing a tall order, given no team had chased down more than 245 in the competition prior to Monday.

However, the Tigers got off to a quick start through openers Tamim Iqbal (48) and Soumya Sarkar (29), with the Windies looking lacklustre in the field, before Shakib took centre stage once again.

Having made 75, 64 and 121 in his previous three innings, Shakib maintained his fine form and found an able partner in Das, with the pair able to score freely all around the wicket.

The beleaguered Windies simply had no answer to Bangladesh's fourth-wicket pair, with Das even hitting Shannon Gabriel for three sixes in a row as his side closed in on a hugely convincing victory.

 

Tigers in the hunt for semis, Windies on the brink

Monday's result realistically preserved Bangladesh's hopes of reaching the semi-finals. They are up to fifth in the table, having beaten South Africa and the Windies in impressive fashion.

However, after a heavy defeat to England in their previous match, this was another dire performance from West Indies, whose bowling left much to be desired. Since thrashing Pakistan in their opening game, Holder's men have lost three matches and seen another rained off. It is hard to see them recovering from here.

 

Shakib reaches landmark 

What a tournament it has been for Shakib, who once again starred for Bangladesh here as well as passing the impressive milestone of 6,000 ODI runs. It was a world-class performance of real maturity and skill from the 32-year-old, who has relished the responsibility of stepping up in the batting order to number three. He also made a key contribution with the ball at Taunton, taking two wickets including the valuable scalp of Lewis. 

Bangladesh are "very optimistic" Shakib Al Hasan will overcome a thigh injury in time to face West Indies next Monday at the Cricket World Cup.

All-rounder Shakib strained his left thigh while batting during the clash with host nation England on Saturday, though he still went on to score a century in a losing cause in Cardiff.

The Tigers saw Tuesday's fixture against Sri Lanka washed out in Bristol but now have a break from action in the tournament, giving the 32-year-old time to undergo further treatment.

"He picked up a little injury, as you all saw in that game against England," Bangladesh coach Steve Rhodes told the media.

"He fought on, battled on and played extremely well with an injury.

"We're very, very optimistic that the treatment that he'll get this week and the way that he can recover well. We're very optimistic that he can play in that next game against West Indies."

Bangladesh's game with Sri Lanka was the second at this year's World Cup to be abandoned without any play whatsoever, while South Africa and West Indies managed just 7.3 overs in Southampton on Monday.

With teams picking up just a solitary point for rained-off fixtures, rain could have a crucial say in deciding who qualifies for the semi-finals.

Englishman Rhodes knows all about the unpredictable weather in his home country, leading him to suggest the World Cup may have benefited from building reserve days into the schedule for the group stage.

"If you know the English weather, sadly we're going to get a lot of rain," said Rhodes, who played 11 Tests and nine ODI games for England in his playing career.

"We never know when the rain is going to come. People from all over the world keep asking me whether it's going to rain; I don't know. But, at the moment, we're seeing some problems.

"And I know logistically it would have been a big headache for the tournament organisers, and I know that it would have been difficult, but we have got quite a lot of time in between games, and if we have got to travel a day later, then so be it.

"We put men on the moon, so why can we not have a reserve day, when actually this tournament is a long tournament? They are spread out, the games.

"I would say that it's disappointing for the crowd as well. They have got tickets to see a game of cricket and it would be up to them if they can get there the day after."

Ross Taylor played the match-defining innings as nervy New Zealand made it two wins from two matches at the Cricket World Cup with a two-wicket success over Bangladesh.

The Tigers' 244 all out began to look a decent score as the Black Caps wobbled badly after cruising to 160-2 but they eventually claimed a tense victory with just 17 balls in hand.

On another day, Bangladesh might have sprung another major upset, having turned over South Africa in their opener at The Oval.

Back at the same venue, the Tigers were undone by fractional run-out calls going New Zealand's way during the run chase. Taylor's 82 batted the Kiwis into a strong position that they converted into what became a nail-biting triumph.

Shakib Al Hasan insisted Bangladesh's job at the 2019 Cricket World Cup was "just started" by their impressive win over South Africa.

The Tigers broke their ODI total record with a superb innings of 330-6, before keeping the Proteas at bay in a 21-run victory at The Oval on Sunday.

Shakib starred with bat and ball, making 75 in a partnership of 142 with Mushfiqur Rahim (78), before taking his 250th ODI wicket.

Yet the 32-year-old is determined Bangladesh will continue to make an impact at this year's tournament.

"I think it'll be one of our top wins," Shakib said in the post-match news presentation.

"We have done some upsets at the World Cup, but this is a World Cup where we wanted to prove something. This is the way we wanted to start. It can't get better than that.

"Before we arrived in England, we had the belief. This is the start that we needed - we're lucky that we got this start - and now we need to keep this momentum.

"I think the dressing room will be happy but, at the same time, I think we know that the job is just started."

The day started badly for South Africa, failing to make inroads with the ball and seeing Lungi Ngidi suffer a hamstring injury.

And Faf du Plessis conceded he may have made the wrong decision by allowing Bangladesh to set a target first.

"Obviously today didn't go according to plan, starting the innings off with Lungi getting injured," he said.

"It was not ideal but, even with that happening, 330, I thought, was a little over par. Everyone chipped in with the bat but, overall, not a great performance from us.

"Looking back on it, no [South Africa would not bowl first]. I would probably change that. The thinking was, speaking to the local guys who have played here, there would be more pace and bounce on [the wicket].

"When you play against a subcontinent team, if they do get runs on the board then they can squeeze you. And that's what happened today. In hindsight, I'd probably change that decision."

South Africa's difficult start to the Cricket World Cup continued as they were beaten by 21 runs by a rampant Bangladesh at The Oval on Sunday.

The Proteas had come up well short against hosts England in Thursday's opener and a failure to ever really get to grips with the Bangladesh batsmen, playing their first match, cost them here.

Bangladesh's ODI record and the biggest total of the tournament so far - 330-6 - saw Shakib Al Hasan (75) and Mushfiqur Rahim (78) combine for a 142-run third-wicket stand and gave South Africa a mountain to climb.

An opening partnership of 60 was belatedly broken by Andile Phehlukwayo with his second ball to Tamim Iqbal (16), yet there was no slowing the Tigers.

Soumya Sarkar went for 42, but then came the big partnership as Bangladesh scored freely without taking too many risks until Imran Tahir (2-57) finally got Shakib attempting to sweep.

Although Mohammad Mithun (21) and Mushfiqur followed in quick succession, the Proteas failed to find any sort of momentum and Mahmudullah ended unbeaten on 46 from just 33 balls.

South Africa's reply started steadily but a mix-up left Quinton de Kock (23) stranded for a run out and then Shakib stepped up to halt Aiden Markram on 45.

Faf du Plessis was on a dangerous 62 when Mehidy Hasan spun past him and Bangladesh continued to intervene each time the Proteas, chasing a tough required run rate, built up a head of steam, failing to suitably prey on occasionally sloppy fielding.

The departure of David Miller (38), who edged to Mehidy, was timely and Rassie van der Dussen (41) soon went, too. JP Duminy fired 45, but Bangladesh cruised to the finish as the Proteas ended on 309-8.


What does it mean? Proteas in deep trouble

There was no shame in South Africa losing a gripping opener to tournament hosts and favourites England, but a response was still required here and it did not arrive.

The world's third-ranked side should expect to beat Bangladesh, yet their bowling attack faltered at key moments and a reply that saw each batsman chip in without converting those starts to a match-winning innings came too late for this match - and, perhaps, for this World Cup.


Shakib sparkles on milestone day

It was not just in Bangladesh's innings that Shakib had an impact. 

With Markram and Du Plessis nicely paired on 53, the second-wicket stand was ended as Shakib (1-50) zipped through the former into middle stump. This was his 250th ODI wicket and ensured the Tigers remained in control. Batting partner Mushfiqur had earlier weighed in with a direct hit for the breakthrough wicket.


Not good from Ngidi

Lungi Ngidi bowled four of the first seven overs of the match and, unfortunately, that spell set the tone for a tough innings for South Africa's attack as he was hit for seven boundaries.

After giving away 34 runs, a hamstring injury then meant Ngidi did not bowl again. His patience had paid off with some big wickets in the opener against England, but it was not to be this time.

Bangladesh won their first one-day tournament final as they put in a clinical batting display to beat West Indies in the tri-nation series at Malahide.

With West Indies' promising innings disrupted by rain, the match was cut to 24 overs per-side when play eventually resumed at 17:30 local time.

Shai Hope (74) and Sunil Ambris (69 not out) had been in the middle of an impressive partnership, but the break seemed to serve Bangladesh – without the injured Shakib Al Hasan – well, as they came out with renewed vigour.

Set a revised target of 210, Bangladesh stepped up the tempo with the bat – Soumya Sarkar (66) and Mosaddek Hossain (52no) both hitting half-centuries - as they reached their target with seven balls and five wickets remaining.

Put into bat, West Indies looked set to be heading for a high total before rain stopped play 20 overs into proceedings, Hope and Ambris having shared a century opening stand.

The Windies came back after a lengthy delay at 131-0, but lost Hope when he picked out Mosaddek off Mehidy Hasan’s bowling.

West Indies finished up on 152-1, but Bangladesh's target was upped based on the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method.

Sarkar cruised to a half-century in 27 balls before succumbing to Raymon Reifer on 66, having hit nine fours and three sixes during his stint at the crease.

Sabbir Rahman's two-ball duck put the Windies in the ascendancy, but a measured 36 from Mushfiqur Rahim put Bangladesh back in contention.

Mosaddek took full advantage, smashing five sixes as he raced to 52 from just 24 balls before Mahmudullah hit a precise cover drive for four to secure a historic victory ahead of the Cricket World Cup.

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