Both seamers collected career-best figures to help bowl Bangladesh out for 84, and South Africa aced the chase inside 14 overs
South Africa 86 for 4 (Bavuma 31*, Taskin 2-18) beat Bangladesh 84 (Mahedi 27, Nortje 3-8, Rabada 3-20) by six wickets
Rabada finds his powerlay mojo
Before this match had begun, Rabada had taken 39 wickets in T20s in the UAE, but only four of them had come in the powerplay. On Tuesday, he managed to get away from that trend with the new ball, grabbing three wickets inside the powerplay – he was on a hat-trick at one stage – to rattle Bangladesh early on.
It was a harder, greener, surface than usual at Abu Dhabi, and the ball swung till late in the innings – Dwaine Pretorius the other exponent of it in the match – but not as devastatingly as during Rabada’s first spell. The banana-bend inswinger to catch Soumya Sarkar lbw first ball was a salute to a mode of dismissal that is natural for Rabada in Test cricket, but one which has been hard to find in this format, in this part of the world.
That lbw wicket followed Mohammad Naim’s first attempt at a big shot to hole out at midwicket, and was then followed by Mushfiqur Rahim playing out the hat-trick ball and the ball after. Then, he copped a rising short of a length ball on the shoulder of his bat to be taken at gully and Bangladesh bagged their second duck of a powerplay they finished three wickets down.
More ducks were to follow, but South Africa had to make sure they didn’t allow Bangladesh’s best remaining batters – Liton Das and Mahmudullah – to stage a recovery. Nortje put his hand up for that task, slipping in a fast, steep bouncer that was headed for Mahmudullah’s face and forced him to fend as far as Aiden Markram at point. Bangladesh were 34 for 4 in eight overs at that stage.
That a recovery wasn’t coming became clear off the very next ball, when No. 6 Afif Hossain stepped out and had an ungainly swing across the line against Pretorius. It was his first and last ball at the crease, the wickets split and Bangladesh half their side down.
Liton, in an unfamiliar role of trying to bat through the innings, got as far as 36 balls with careful cricket, before falling to Tabraiz Shamsi. From there on it was an endeavour to get to 20 overs of batting, Mahedi Hasan the only one showing any resolve during that phase. Ultimately, Bangladesh got as far as Nortje’s last over – the 19th over the innings – where Nasum Ahmed became the fourth batter to fall for a duck by knocking his own leg stump with his bat.
WATCH – Rabada takes two in two
One last shot
It was Bangladesh’s third time being bowled out under 100 in T20s this year, and there seemed no real chance of them getting anything out of this game at the mid-way stage. South Africa looked good to solidify their No. 2 standing, but fast bowlers Taskin and Shoriful managed to do a tiny favour for Australia by not allowing South Africa the chance to significantly increase their net run-rate.
While South Africa’s pacers made use of the swing on offer, Bangladesh’s fast bowlers relied on seam movement to make life difficult for the top order. Reeza Hendricks’ dismissal in the first over was a precursor, Taskin getting the ball to nip back in to trap him in front of the stumps. Shoriful would finish with no wickets, but his 15 runs in four overs held the other end up, even as Taskin continued cutting through the mid-riffs of South Africa’s batters with skid and movement inwards. Off the few deliveries that didn’t come back in with the angle, he managed to get Markram to edge to first slip, bat hanging away from the body shortly after Mahedi had straightened one past Quinton de Kock’s back foot punch to hit his middle stump.
At 33 for 3 in six overs, South Africa had to ensure no more of their thin line-up would be exposed, and Bavuma and Rassie van der Dussen gave them a 47-run stand that did exactly that. Mahmudullah used up his fast bowlers inside ten overs, with South Africa increasingly comfortable against the spinners; that fast bowling display was about the only silver lining for his men, who now have no points on the board after four matches and officially knocked out of qualification contention, alongside Sri Lanka.
Varun Shetty is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo
James Anderson sits out first Test with an eye on Adelaide pink-ball contest
BBL11 2021-22 – Bowling attack gives Melbourne Renegades hope of revival
The batting remains questionable and they will be looking for the youngsters to develop
Captain Nic Maddinson
Coach David Saker
Cameron Boyce, Zak Evans, Aaron Finch, Jake Fraser-McGurk, Sam Harper, Marcus Harris, Mackenzie Harvey, Josh Lalor, Shaun Marsh, Jono Merlo (replacement player), James Pattinson, Mitch Perry, Jack Prestwidge, Kane Richardson, James Seymour (replacement player), Will Sutherland, Nic Maddinson, Reece Topley (Eng), Unmukt Chand (Ind), Mohammad Nabi (Afg), Zahir Khan (Afg)
In Nic Maddinson, Jono Merlo, James Seymour, Reece Topley, Unmukt Chand, Zahir Khan
Out Beau Webster, Peter Hazloglou, Jon Holland, Benny, Howell, Noor Ahmed, Imran Tahir, Imad Wasim
It was another disastrous season for the Renegades finishing last for the second straight year. They won their first match and then lost seven in a row. Their batting was abysmal, bowled out for less than 90 on three occasions and 111 in another match against Adelaide. The bowling was nowhere near as effective as season’s past and they struggled to find a consistent unit as they mixed and matched their overseas players. There was one bright spot as they produced a brilliant chasing win over Melbourne Stars late in the season. Mackenzie Harvey starred smashing 47 not out from 21 balls to give a glimpse into the future.
Renegades have been severely impacted by both Australia selection and injury. Nic Maddinson‘s selection in the Australia A side to face England Lions means the new Renegades captain won’t get a chance to lead his new club until their fourth game at the earliest. Marcus Harris is set to miss most of the season due to Test duty. Aaron Finch is in doubt for the early games due to his ongoing knee issue while Shaun Marsh is set to miss at least half the tournament due to a calf tear. England does have tour of West Indies in the new year and Afghanistan is scheduled to visit Bangladesh but it is unknown if the likes of Reece Topley, Mohammad Nabi or Zahir Khan will need to leave the BBL early.
Reece Topley is an important recruit for Renegades and has a chance to make a serious statement to England selectors ahead of the T20 World Cup in Australia next year. Fellow Englishman Harry Gurney was a key part of Renegades’ run to the title three years ago and Topley has a similar opportunity to cause havoc on the inconsistent home surface of Marvel Stadium.
Key stat (Gaurav Sundararaman)
Renegades were the worst bowling unit in the previous BBL edition. Their bowling economy rate of 8.61 was the highest among all teams and their death bowling economy was 11.24. If Renegades want to play finals, this is an area they need to focus on. Their attack certainly looks stronger this season
Alex Malcolm is an Associate Editor at ESPNcricinfo
Chris Gayle farewell on the cards with Jamaica set to host West Indies-Ireland series
The series will comprise three ODIs and a one-off T20I, all at Sabina Park
While Gayle will not be part of the ODI squad, with the series counting towards 2023 World Cup qualification through the Super League, the one-off fixture at Sabina Park could be used as his farewell game. ESPNcricinfo understands that a decision has yet to be made on Gayle’s inclusion but that the issue will be up for discussion at the next meeting of CWI’s board of directors later this month.
“It’s whether collectively we all feel that it’s appropriate for him to have one last game at home to say farewell in a one-off game,” Johnny Grave, CWI’s chief executive, told the Mason and Guest radio show in Barbados last month. “That Ireland series would represent that opportunity.
“It would certainly be appropriate, as far as I can see it, to treat our players and give them the opportunity to bow out – especially players like Chris who have had unbelievable careers and won trophies for the West Indies.”
“We are pleased to be returning to the Caribbean where we have so many great memories,” Richard Holdsworth, Cricket Ireland’s performance director, said. “The World Cup Super League is a crucial set of fixtures for Ireland as we attempt to qualify for the next Cricket World Cup, and – if the series in 2020 is anything to go by – we look forward to a highly competitive series in January.”
Matt Roller is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @mroller98
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