Shakib, Mushfiqur and Mustafizur shine, as Bangladesh upset South Africa in their opening world cup match

Here is what both the skippers and the Man of the Match (MoM) had to say after the match


Shakib Al Hasan (MoM): I think this is one of our top wins. We have had a few upsets before in the World Cup, but this time we want to prove and the start can't get any better. Before arriving here, we had the belief, we needed this start and we need to build on the momentum. I played two years for Worcestershire and I know the conditions here. As we have played the 2017 Champions trophy and we had a fair idea about how the wickets behave, knew it would be good for batting. Didn't know about the record (record partnership for the third wicket), we had a good start and we both (himself and Rahim) knew that we needed to build on that opening. Our confidence is really great at the moment, the next game against New Zealand here is a big game, they are a strong team and will come hard at us. Looking forward to that match.

Faf du Plessis | Losing skipper: Obviously today didn't go according to plan. Lungi getting injured at the start wasn't ideal at the start of the campaign. 330 was over par, and everyone chipped in with the bat, but all in all, it wasn't ideal from us. The thinking at the toss was after speaking to the groundsman, that there would be a lot of pace and bounce against a sub-continental side. If they do get more runs on the board, they can pressurize you. But in hindsight, we would have changed that. To go for that many runs, even without Lungi, wasn't ideal. We have to take that on the chin. At the 45-over mark, I looked up at the big screen and we were still at the same stage, and it shows that we were really bad in the last five overs. We came to the World Cup with the fast bowling attack that we wanted to have. Lungi has a hamstring injury, so I'm not sure how serious it is because usually, hammies are a few days or a week off. Dale is bowling in the middle now, so hopefully, that's some good progress. It is definitely not getting easier for us. South Africa is a very proud sporting nation. The skills were not displayed by us today but I promise there will be a lot of fight. We are firing at about 50-60 percent today and it shows that even Bangladesh can beat that on any day.

Mashrafe Mortaza | Winning skipper: The first match always sets the tone. We have been very positive after we have won in Ireland and the momentum helped us set the tone here. After the toss, I had a doubt whether to bowl first or bat first. But it was a used wicket in the last match and we thought that batting first isn't a bad option. The batsmen batted really well, especially Soumya (Sarkar) at the start. Mushy (Rahim) batted really well; he plays these kinds of innings with high strike-rates, so did Shakib and then Mahmudullah and Mosaddek finished it really well. But I have to give credit to Soumya for laying the platform. I knew it was a good wicket to bat on and we knew that we had to bowl in the right areas to get wickets. I kept changing the bowlers and the good thing was that we got wickets at every stage. The spinners bowled exceptionally well and then they have set it up for Fizz (Mustafizur) and Saifuddin. A big crowd who was behind us, and hopefully we are expecting them to come back in our next match in the same way. We are expecting the same thing, even the people watching us back home are expecting us to win and hopefully, we'll do well.



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