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Last Updated: Sunday, 12 September, 2004, 13:33 GMT 14:33 UK
South Africa thump Tigers
Champions Trophy, Edgbaston: South Africa 94-1 beat Bangladesh 93 by nine wickets

Nafis Iqbal
Bangladesh were thrashed by nine wickets in their Champions Trophy match against South Africa at Edgbaston.

Bizarrely electing to bat first, the Tigers mustered just 93 runs before being bowled out in the 32nd over.

That could have been a lot worse had top-scorer Nafis Iqbal not been dropped on 1 and 10 before making 40.

Charl Langeveldt, Makhaya Ntini and Nicky Boje all took three wickets before Graeme Smith and Jacques Kallis reached their target easily.

It was a cold autumnal morning in Birmingham and there was a used pitch on offer.

Bangladesh's 20-year-old captain Rajin Saleh won the toss but declined the chance to bowl first in such difficult conditions for batting.

Langeveldt, a burly fast-medium swing bowler with limited international experience, was made to look a world-beater as he took three wickets in his first two overs courtesy of two smart slip catches and an lbw verdict.

Shaun Pollock joined in the fun when Aftab Ahmed top-edged an attempted hook to the wicket-keeper and at 20-4 any total above 100 already looked improbable.

Charl Langeveldt and Nicky Boje
Charl Langeveldt and Nicky Boje both enjoyed their work-out

Nafis at least gave the Bangladeshi fans something to celebrate by playing some excellent drives, particularly on the on-side, after being missed by Martin van Jaarsveld at slip and Ntini at third man.

Finally, having added 43 for the fifth wicket with Khaled Mashud (24) - nobody else reached double figures - he went to the mill once too often and was caught at extra cover off Boje.

Boje and Ntini then hustled out the tail - two of Ntini's wickets also involving Boje's input as he took a couple of catches at gully.

Bangladesh's total was not their worst ever, but it was the second lowest ever achieved at Edgbaston in one-day internationals.

By the time South Africa came out to bat, the wind had picked up and the clouds were gathering.

Herschelle Gibbs continued his dismal run of form when he contrived to play inside a straight delivery from Tapash Baisya to be bowled for four.

But Smith (42) and Kallis (40) mixed in some orthodox drives and cuts with some more inventive hitting to usher South Africa home in the 18th over.

It was an important win for them, having lost 10 one-day internationals on the bounce.

Bangladesh: Javed Omar, Mohammad Ashraful, Nafis Iqbal, Rajin Saleh (capt), Aftab Ahmed, Mushfiqur Rahman, Khaled Mashud (wkt), Manjural Islam Rana, Mohammad Rafique, Nazmul Hossain, Tapash Baisya.

South Africa: Graeme Smith (capt), Herschelle Gibbs, Jacques Kallis, Jacques Rudolph, Martin van Jaarsveld, Mark Boucher (wkt), Shaun Pollock, Lance Klusener, Nicky Boje, Charl Langeveldt, Makhaya Ntini.

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