After Pakistan and India, South Africa is the latest team to feel the wrath of the ‘Tigers’. Last night, Bangladesh put up a thumping win over the Proteas, defeating the visitors by 7 wickets in the 2nd match of the on-going series. This victory is really significant, from the perspective of the Bangladesh cricket, as this particular win granted them a place in the Champion Trophy 2017, scheduled to be played in England.
Earlier it was stated that a 2-1 series win over India gave Bangladesh enough points in the ICC ODI team rankings to be eligible to play the elite tournament, where 7 top teams apart from organizers England will be playing. Their main competitors in the qualifying process, Pakistan and West Indies were not supposed to play any further ODI games before the cut-off date 30th September.
But in an unexpected turn of events, West Indies Cricket Board later announced that they will be playing a tri-nation series in Zimbabwe, along with Pakistan which put all the three teams in contention of qualifying for the tournament. This news came as a big blow to Bangladesh as were put in a dicey situation.
The situation, rather condition was that Bangladesh had to pull off at least one victory against the African nation, if they had to ensure their place in the Champions trophy. Many saw that unlikely to happen as the Proteas were a formidable side in ODIs and especially after the home team surrendered to the South Africans in the 1st ODI.
But in the Bangladesh players showed that they are not pushovers anymore and they have the arsenal to defeat the best teams in the world.