Look! How Does Cricket World Cup 2023 Points Table Look After South Africa's 149-Run Win Against Bangladesh?
South Africa displayed their dominance in a thrilling match at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. They secured a convincing 149-run victory over Bangladesh in the 23rd match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023.
South Africa's recent victory has strengthened their position in the points table, showcasing their strong potential as serious contenders in the tournament.
After winning the toss and choosing to bat, South Africa displayed a remarkable batting performance, accumulating an impressive total of 382 runs while losing only five wickets in their allocated 50 overs.
Quinton de Kock, the star of the show, delivered an outstanding performance by scoring a remarkable 174 runs from just 140 balls.
He hit 15 boundaries and 7 impressive sixes during his innings, causing the Bangladeshi bowlers to struggle.
Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, and Heinrich Klaasen made significant contributions with the bat, scoring 60, 1, and 90 runs respectively. The South African innings concluded in an impressive manner, with David Miller and Marco Jansen remaining unbeaten at 34 and 1 runs respectively. Their contributions helped the team achieve a commanding total of 382 runs.
Bangladesh's Struggle to Counter South Africa
The Bangladeshi bowlers had a challenging task at hand as they tried to contain the marauding South African batsmen.
Hasan Mahmud was the pick of the bowlers for Bangladesh, finishing with figures of 2 wickets for 67 runs. However, the rest of the bowlers found it hard to stem the flow of runs, as South Africa's top order dominated the proceedings.
A Glimpse of Fightback from Bangladesh
In response, Bangladesh faced a steep target of 383 runs and began their innings with promise, with Mahmudullah playing a heroic knock of 111 runs from 111 balls.
However, the rest of the Bangladeshi batsmen struggled to find their rhythm. The South African bowlers, led by Marco Jansen and Gerald Coetzee, kept the pressure on, picking up wickets at regular intervals.
Mahmudullah's valiant effort went in vain as Bangladesh was bowled out for 233 runs in 46.4 overs.
Points Table Reshuffled
Let's delve into the impact of this match on the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 points table.
India - India continues to lead the table with an unblemished record. They've won all five of their matches, amassing a perfect 10 points and boasting an impressive net run rate of +1.353.
South Africa - After their resounding victory, South Africa has secured the second position with 8 points from 5 matches and a remarkable net run rate of +2.370.
New Zealand - Also with 8 points from 5 matches, New Zealand is just behind South Africa in the third spot with a net run rate of +1.481.
Australia - Australia is currently in the fourth position with 4 points from 4 matches, maintaining a net run rate of -0.193.
Pakistan - Pakistan occupies the fifth position with 4 points from 5 matches and a net run rate of -0.400.
Afghanistan - Afghanistan is on par with Australia and Pakistan, sitting in the sixth spot with 4 points from 5 matches and a net run rate of -0.969.
Netherlands - The Netherlands is placed seventh with 2 points from 4 matches and a net run rate of -0.790.
Sri Lanka - Sri Lanka follows closely, also with 2 points from 4 matches, but a slightly lower net run rate of -1.048.
England - England, with 2 points from 4 matches, takes the ninth position with a net run rate of -1.248.
Bangladesh - Following their loss to South Africa, Bangladesh remains at the bottom of the table with 2 points from 5 matches and a net run rate of -1.253.
South Africa's win has added a new dimension to the points table, making the competition even more intense as the tournament progresses.
Cricket fans around the world can look forward to more exciting clashes as teams battle for supremacy in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023.
South Africa, New Zealand, and Australia are all in the mix, while India remains the team to beat. Bangladesh, meanwhile, faces an uphill task in their remaining matches.