WATCH: Bangladesh's Tanzin Sakib and Taskeen Ahmed destroy South Africa's batting attack in powerplays in T20 World Cup 2024

South Africa lost four quick wickets in the powerplays courtesy of Tanzin Sakib and Taskeen Ahmed, who bowled well to restrict the team to just 23 runs in six overs.

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Arunima Purohit
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Bangladesh bowlers are in no mood to show mercy to the South African batters in the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup 2024 match. The Proteas started their innings with a boundary and a six but went on to lose one of their best batters, Reeza Hendricks. That wasn't it; Bangladesh's Tanzin Sakib turned out to be a nightmare for the batters as he dismissed both Quinton de Kock and Tristen Stubbs within the powerplay. 

In addition to Tanzin, Taskeen Ahmed joined the party as he removed captain Aiden Markram, who scored just four runs. Within six overs, South Africa was 23-4. Yet again, the batters disappointed the crowd in an important game. After the top order failed to perform, Henrich Klaasen and David Miller took up the team's responsibility and tried to save the day. In the 14th over, the Proteas were 80-4, with Klaasen's 32 and Miller's 24 runs. 

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The highlight of the innings was the young bowlers Tanzin Sakib and Taskeen Ahmed, who drifted the game's momentum towards Bangladesh. They maintained the line and length and hence got positive results. Moreover, the bowlers were also economical, which is an important factor in the shortest format of the game. 

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South Africa's top order fails once again

The South African team, which is known for having some of the best batting attacks in the world, has been constantly struggling with the top order. Players like Quinton de Kock, Aiden Markram, and Reeza Hendricks have failed to perform, which has caused pressure to fall on the middle order. 

However, if we consider the first match against Sri Lanka, they did manage to win the match because of a responsible innings from Henrich Klaasen, but they still took 16 overs to chase down 78 runs, which was quite disappointing. Moreover, the credit goes to the bowlers for putting pressure on the batters, who are known to be the best T20I players. If South Africa wants to qualify for the Super 8, the top order must pull up their socks and take up the responsibility. 

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