Dhaka, March 19: It took just 28 overs for South Africa to burst Bangaldesh's World Cup bubble, consigning the hosts to a thumping 206-run defeat and thus effectively knocking them out of the global tournament. The Bangladeshis never looked like they were in contention for a win as South African Lonwabo Tsotsobe (3/14) ripped through the top-order before off-break Robin Peterson (4/12) took over to shoot out the middle and latter order. Bangladeshi captain Shakib Al Hasan was the only batsmen to get into double figures, fighting a lone battle with 30.
Bangaldeshi opener Tamim Iqbal had the right idea when he smacked paceman Lonwabo Tsotsobe for a four in the firt over. But then the bowler returned in his next over to have the batsman caught behind for 5, in a decision which was referred for a review.
Just two overs later, a relentless Tsotsobe bowled Imrul Kayes for 4, as Bangladesh slipped to 15/2 in 5.4 overs. Off-break Johan Botha who had opened the bowling with Tstsobe got success in the 7th over when he trapped Junaid Siddique in front for 2, leaving Bangladesh in tatters at 21/3 in 7 overs.
The slide went on without respite as Tsotsobe bowler Shahriar Nafees in the next over, reducing the hosts to 21/4. Then captain Shakib Al Hasan counter-attacked by smashing Tsotsobe for two fours in the 10th over.
But then Robin Peterson came on to wreak havoc, first getting rid of Muashfiqur Rahim for 3 and then after Mahmudullah was run out for 5, he had Hasan caught behind for 30 and bowled Shafiul Islam for a duck. Bangaldesh had slumped to a hopeless 61/8 in 24 overs at that stage.
Then Abdur Razzak departed to Imran Tahir for a duck and after Rubel Hossain tried to delay the inevitable with a couple of shots to the boundary, Peterson wrapped up the match by bowling Naeem Islam for 8. Bangladesh were all out for 78 in 28 overs.