ICC U19 World Cup 2020: Rakibul Hasan shines as Bangladesh thump South Africa to reach the semi-finals

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Bangladesh becomes the third team to qualify for the semi-finals in the ongoing U19 World Cup after they thrashed South Africa on their own soil by a massive margin of 104-runs at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom on Thursday.


Chasing a target of 262, the Proteas crumbled against left-arm spinner Rakibul Hasan who scalped five wickets for just 19 runs in his 9.3 overs. The Bryce Parsons-led side could only reach 157.


Bangladesh literally outplayed the hosts in every aspect of the game.

After being asked to bat first, the ‘Tigers’ opener Tanzid Hasan played a marvelous inning of 80 runs. He was followed by Towhid Hridoy (51) and Shahadat Hussain (74), who helped their side post a competitive total of 261 in 50 overs.

For South Africa, only Luke Beaufort showed some fight and smashed the highest score (60 off 91 balls) for his team. No other batsman could even reach 50. The bottom five batsmen scored 14-runs combined.


Rakibul was rewarded with the ‘Player of the Match’ award for his outstanding bowling.

Bangladesh will now face New Zealand in the second semi-final scheduled to be played on Thursday (Feb 06) at the same venue.


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