Big blow to struggling South Africa, Lungi Ngidi to miss India match

Imran Tahir

Imran Tahir

Bangladesh piled up their highest one-day worldwide total and bowled superbly to upset South Africa by 21 runs in the Cricket World Cup at The Oval on Sunday.

But South Africa, who lost to hosts England at the same venue on Thursday, were unable to keep the brakes on and continued to leak runs right to the end of the innings.

Mushfiqur made 78 from 80 balls and Shakib's 75 came from 84 balls as the pair combined in a 142-run partnership.

South Africa's changeroom is starting to resemble a hospital's sick bay after Lungi Ngidi was the latest to be struck down.

Having pulled Bangladesh back superbly between the 35th and 46th overs, all the good work was undone in the last four overs as 54 runs were plundered, taking Bangladesh to 330 for six, their highest ever ODI score.

Later in January, Australia will tour India for three ODIs and then in March India play South Africa once again in a three-match ODI series. On this evidence it will be one of the toughest fixtures of the group stage. The Mashrafe Morataza-led team were put into bat by Proteas skipper, Faf Du Plessis.

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Rhodes also felt that his side will make a strong comeback in the tournament and said that most of the people believed that the duo's absence is the reason behind the Proteans dismal show.

Now Ngidi joins the concussed Hashim Amla and shoulder injury-carrying Dale Steyn as doubts for Wednesday's pivotal clash with India in Southampton. The ball dribbled a few yards behind him, persuading de Kock and Aiden Markram to think about a single.

Du Plessis got to fifty off 45 balls, reaching the milestone with a six off Mosaddek Hossain.

"When you're under pressure as a bowler, you need to ask yourself what your super-strength is and Chris and KG have the best yorkers in the country".

But that blast got du Plessis' adrenaline flowing too fast and a charge at Mehidy saw him bowled after he misjudged the flight.

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