On Monday, South Africa Legends confirmed their spot for the semi-final of the Road Safety World Series 2020/21 with a 10-wicket victory against Bangladesh Legends. After this match, South Africa Legends have finished this league stage with 16 points in six matches while Bangladesh Legends have only collected 4 points in six games (both have earned 4 points each due to the unavailability of Australia Legends).
Bangladesh Legends scored 160/9 (20 overs) in the first innings after losing the toss. South Africa Legends chased down that target in 19.2 overs without losing any wicket.
Road Safety World Series 2020/21, Match 15: South Africa Legends vs Bangladesh Legends
2nd innings (South Africa Legends): Openers were enough to chase the target
South Africa Legends openers Andrew Puttick and Morne van Wyk totally controlled that challenging chasing as they didn’t give any chance to the Bangladesh Legends bowlers to come back in this game. In their crucial last league stage game, both the batsmen were playing calmly and they were only making the chasing more comfortable as time went on.
Both the openers completed half-centuries and maintained their strong batting performances till their successful chasing where van Wyk ended the game with a boundary as they still had four balls left in that chasing.
1st innings (Bangladesh Legends): Bangladesh Legends failed to bat strongly in the death overs
While opener Mehrab Hossain was run-out for 9 runs, another in-form opener Nazimuddin scored 32 runs before Thandi Tshabalala bowled him in the eighth over.
Then Aftab Ahmed and Hannan Sarkar put the 61 runs partnership for the third wicket. While Aftab scored the most runs in that innings which was 39 runs off 24 balls (only four and 3 sixes), Hannan scored 36 runs. Then only wicket-keeper batsman Khaled Mashud reached the double-digit score as he scored 19 off just 9 balls (2 fours and only six) before getting run-out.
Among the South Africa Legends bowlers, Makhaya Ntini (2/26) and Thandi Tshabalala (2/33) got two wickets each in that innings.
Brief Scores: Bangladesh Legends – 160/9 in 20 overs (Aftab Ahmed 39, Hannan Sarkar 36; Makhaya Ntini 2/26)
South Africa Legends – 161/0 in 19.2 overs (Andrew Puttick 84*, Morne van Wyk 69)
Result – South Africa Legends won by 10 wickets