WATCH: Taskin Ahmed cleans up Aiden Markram with an unplayable jaffa in SA vs BAN game | T20 World Cup 2024

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By Mahtab Ahmad

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In Match 21 of the T20 World Cup 2024 at New York’s Nassau County International Cricket Stadium on Monday (June 10), Bangladesh gained an early advantage as Tanzim Hasan Sakib and Taskin Ahmed wreaked havoc on the South African top order. By the end of the powerplay, Bangladesh had South Africa reeling at just 23 runs, with four key wickets already fallen.

Early damage by Bangladesh bowlers

Tanzim Hasan played a pivotal role in dismantling the South African top order, claiming the wickets of Reeza Hendricks (0), Quinton de Kock (11) and Tristan Stubbs (0). Meanwhile, Taskin struck a crucial blow by dismissing the key wicket captain, Aiden Markram, for just 4 runs. Taskin’s delivery to Markram on the last ball of the fourth over proved to be lethal, sealing the fate of the South African skipper early in the innings.

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Taskin Ahmed’s remarkable delivery: Fall of Aiden Markram

Taskin angled the delivery in, pitching it on a length around the off stump. Markram, eager to assert himself, went for the drive, hoping to capitalize on any loose deliveries. However, the ball held its line after pitching, exhibiting minimal movement and catching Markram off guard. Markram, expecting the ball to shape away, played his shot from the middle stump. Nevertheless, the lack of deviation deceived him as the ball struck the inside half of the off stump, shattering his stumps in the process. It was a classic case of misjudgment, compounded by Taskin’s impeccable execution.

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South Africa’s decision to bat first

Meanwhile, South Africa skipper Markram won the toss and opted to bat first against Bangladesh in their Group D match. The Proteas, currently leading the group, decided to field an unchanged side, indicating confidence in their lineup. On the other hand, Bangladesh made a single change, with Jaker Ali replacing Soumya Sarkar in the playing XI.

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