Bangladesh set 285 to enter World Cup quarterfinals

2011-03-19 10:05

Dhaka – Jacques Kallis hit his ninth World Cup half-century as South Africa piled up 284-8 against Bangladesh in their last Group B match today.

The seasoned all-rounder mastered a slow, sluggish wicket to hit five boundaries and a six in his 69 off 76 balls, sharing a fourth wicket stand of 82 with Faf du Plessis.

Du Plessis smashed a run-a-ball 52 before the lower order added 92 runs in the last 10 overs.

Bangladesh will chase a stiff target of 5.7 runs an over to win and qualify for the quarterfinals in front of 25 000 home fans at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium.

South Africa, already through to the last eight, have rested fast bowlers Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel, and brought in left-arm seamers, Lonwabo Tsotsobe and Wayne Parnell, in their place.

Leg-spinner Imran Tahir, fully recovered from a thumb injury, joined Johan Botha and Robin Petersen in a rare three-man spin attack.

South African captain Graeme Smith, who won the toss and elected to bat, put on 98 for the first wicket with Hashim Amla (51) by the 21st over.

Smith, on 26, survived a close call for leg-before when he asked for a review after being given out by umpire Daryl Harper.

Replays indicated an on-field call, which usually means the batsman has to go, but Harper overturned his own decision to the surprise of bowler Abdur Razzak.

Smith equalled his best score of 45 in this World Cup, against the West Indies in the first match, before he was stumped off Mohammad Mahmudullah attempting a big hit.

Amla fell two overs later when he played a delivery from Razzak on to his stumps to make South Africa 107-2.

When JP Duminy was caught down the leg-side by the wicketkeeper while trying to hook, South Africa were 141-3.

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