Twenty20 is all about aggression and the denial of revered reputations. It’s all about fearless rafting of the game from the start to end. Though Bangladesh lost the game to South Africa, but they made it clear, that they are not that much minnows when it comes to Twenty20 format of the game. The lack of depth and experience and traditional class in Bengali outfit can easily be forgotten in the frenzy and rush of the Twenty20.
Bangladesh put u an average 144 on the board batting first by the Twenty20 standards, but a careful review of their innings clearly tells a different story. They started like a rebel bullet, and despite of continuous wicket-falling, didn’t stop smashing the white leather. Tamim Iqbal, hit two powerful fours, before he was sent packing-off by Pollock. Aftab Ahmed, was the top scorer from Banlga tigers. With an haywire passion and strike rate of 258, he scored blistering 36 runs on mere 14 balls. With 2 sixers and five fours, he casted many shades of gray over Protean bowlers.
Mohammad Ashraful, who played a pivotal role in famous Bangladeshi win in Guyana over South Africa in world cup didnt leave much of an impression with his 1 six and 1 four, and presented his wicket to Pollock. Shakib Al Hasan, was going well but then in the frenzy of speeding up the run rate got run out by an agile effort of Duminy. Alok Kapali, Mashrafe Mortaza and the rest contributed little packets of runs to the score, but the score was never going to haunt South African batting lineup that day. Shaun Pollock, Ntini, Mornè Morkel, Johan van der Wath and Vernon Philander were way too formidable and calculated for the Bengali aggression.
Graeme Smith and JP Duminy started the innings with the blend of aggression and passion. Where Smith was showing stars to the Bengalis, Duminy was easing the ball through gaps on the leg side. Smith’s charge rewarded him with 41 solid runs, which surprisingly included no six, but 6 fours, whereas Duminy managed to hit one sixer and four 4s. Then came out Albie Morkel and scored equivalent to Smith but with less balls. AB de Villiers and Justin Kemp watched it through the end.
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