Former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum faced the heat on Twitter after his prediction about Bangladesh in the ongoing World Cup went wrong. Bangladesh stunned South Africa to start their World Cup campaign with a fine 21-run victory at The Oval. The Tigers piled up a mammoth total of 330 for 6 – their highest ODI total. Senior batsmen Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan starred with the bat, scoring 78 and 75 respectively.

The pair put on 142 for the third wicket before Mahmudullah helped power his side to the highest total of the tournament by scoring an unbeaten 46 off 33 balls. South Africa, on the other hand, were not at all impressive with the ball as well as bat. Quinton de Kock’s poor run-out summed up their fortunes in this competition.

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Captain Faf du Plessis scored 62 and Rassie van der Dussen scored 41 before being dismissed in the 40th over. The Proteas still had slim hope with three overs left, JP Duminy at the crease and 44 needed. However, Duminy played on off Mustafizur Rahman to depart for 45.

“Obviously today didn’t go according to plan. Lungi (Ngidi) getting injured wasn’t ideal at the start of the campaign. 330 was over par, and every one chipped in with the bat, but all in all it wasn’t ideal from us. The thinking at the toss, after speaking to the groundsman, was that there would be a lot of pace and bounce. Against a subcontinental side, if they do get runs on the board, they can squeeze you. But in hindsight, we would have changed that,” du Plessis said after the defeat.

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And as soon as Bangladesh won the game, their fans did not waste time in giving Brendon McCullum a hard time on Twitter. McCullum, in his prediction, has named hosts England, India and Australia as clear favourites to reach the semi-finals. About Bangladesh, he had said that they would win just one game against Sri Lanka and would finish at the bottom.

The prediction from Brendon McCullum (Credits: Facebook)

Here are some tweets from the Bangladesh fans for Brendon McCullum: