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South Africa had gambled on putting Bangladesh, four places below them in the ODI rankings

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Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan (C) shakes hands with South Africa's Kagiso Rabada (R) as he and his teammates celebrate after victory over South Africa by 21 runs

Bangladesh piled up their highest one-day International total and bowled superbly to upset South Africa by 21 runs in the Cricket World Cup at The Oval on Sunday.

It was a major scalp for Bangladesh, underlining their reputation as dangerous outsiders at the tournament, while South Africa slumped to their second successive defeat.

Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan put together a record partnership as Bangladesh made 330 for six after being put into bat.

That meant South Africa needed to pull off the highest run chase in World Cup history, but they ended on 309 for eight and with their next game against India on Wednesday, their chances of making the semi-finals are already under threat.

South Africa’s JP Duminy is bowled from a delivery by Bangladesh’s Mustafizur Rahman during the 2019 Cricket World Cup group stage match between South Africa and Bangladesh at The Oval in London on June 2, 2019. (Photo by Ian KINGTON / AFP)

Mushfiqur and Shakib added 142 runs for the third wicket to notch up Bangladesh’s highest World Cup partnership in an aggressive batting display backed by enthusiastic support.

Bangladesh moved on to 217-2 before Shakib was bowled for 75 by Imran Tahir in the 36th over while attempting a sweep shot to a full-pitched ball.

Mushfiqur went for 78 not long after, caught on the boundary off Andile Phehlukwayo.

But South Africa, who lost to hosts England at the same venue on Thursday, were unable to keep the brakes on and continued to leak runs right to the end of the innings.

Mahmudullah hit an unbeaten 46 and Mosaddek Hossain scored 26 runs off 20 balls as Bangladesh smashed 54 runs off the last four overs.

“It was one of our top innings. We’ve had some previous upsets but this is a World Cup where we really want to do well,” said man-of-the-match Shakib.

“It’s the way we wanted to start, you cannot get better than that.”

South Africa had gambled on putting Bangladesh, four places below them in the ODI rankings, into bat and hoping to bounce them out cheaply with their pace attack but that fell flat on a docile wicket, and was exacerbated by a hamstring injury to Lungi Ngidi.

The fast bowler left the field after bowling just four overs and is a doubt for Wednesday.

Bangladesh’s Mohammad Saifuddin (R) celebrates taking the wicket of South Africa’s Andile Phehlukwayo (L) for 8 runs during the 2019 Cricket World Cup group stage match between South Africa and Bangladesh at The Oval in London on June 2, 2019. (Photo by Ian KINGTON / AFP)

“Nothing went to plan and I feel we are firing at only 50 to 60% of our potential,” said losing captain Faf du Plessis.

South Africa’s target was a tough one and after Quinton de Kock departed, Aiden Markram (45) was bowled by Shakib to make the Bangladeshi all-rounder, playing his 199th ODI, the fastest player to the double of 5,000 runs and 250 wickets.

Du Plessis threatened to lead a successful chase but was bowled for 63, followed by David Miller (38) and Rassie van der Dussen (41) as South African hopes slipped away.

Mustafizur Rahman returned the best figures of 3-52 but all six bowlers contributed to keeping South Africa in check with a good variety of deliveries.

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First Quantum Minerals Launches Arbitration Against Zambian State Miner

Proceedings follow a criminal complaint made by ZCCM-IH against alleged unauthorized transfer of money

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First Quantum Minerals has begun arbitration proceedings against Zambian state miner ZCCM-IH to try to resolve a dispute. The dispute is over a money transfer to the parent company of Kansanshi Mining. The parent company is majority-owned by First Quantum Minerals, a Toronto-listed group.

The arbitration proceedings follow a criminal complaint made by state-owned ZCCM-IH against the alleged unauthorized transfer of money by Kansanshi Mining to First Quantum’s local subsidiary.

The state miner had launched action in October 2016 to sue First Quantum for $1.4 billion over claims that the Canadian company borrowed $2.3 billion from its Zambian copper mining subsidiary Kansanshi Mining Plc without informing ZCCM-IH, a minority shareholder.

The transfer in the latest case was made between Kansanshi Mining and Kansanshi Holdings. The Holding company is the Zambian registered vehicle through which First Quantum Minerals owns its majority stake. Kansanshi Mining is 80% owned by First Quantum and 20% owned by ZCCM-IH. 

Arbitration is expected to take place in London.

The Canadian miner has been embroiled in a dispute with the Zambian government after being handed a $5.8 billion bill for unpaid import duties last year.

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Miss Tourism Zimbabwe contestants involved in an accident

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Seven out of the 19 Miss Tourism Zimbabwe contestants who were in camp in preparation for the national finals scheduled to hold at Montclair Hotel in Nyanga this Saturday, have been injured in a bus accident that occurred in Vumba on Wednesday night.

The beauty contestants were on their way to Eden Lodge in Vumba where they were supposed to lodge for the night when the accident occurred around 9:00 pm along the Vumba-Mutare highway.

An eyewitness says the driver lost control of the bus when he wanted to negotiate a bend on the slippery road, causing the bus to overturn and land on its left side.

The models were immediately rushed to Murambi Garden hospital in three ambulances. They sustained injuries, but doctors say none is critical, and no death occurred. 

“The girls have been under observation at Murambi Garden hospital and all are stable. There are some injuries, but no death recorded. We’re now making arrangements to have the models transferred to Harare hospitals for further treatment,” One of the organisers said.

“We believe they were all affected, including those who are not physically hurt so they’re all in hospital under observation. It’s sad that such an unfortunate event transpired, however, we thank God because the accident was not fatal.” she continued.

A support team has been mobilized to go assist and take back the models to their respective provinces as the pageant has been postponed indefinitely.

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Zozibini Tunzi sends message to South Africans after being crowned Miss Universe

The show which lasted 3 hours was hosted by Steve Harvey and former beauty queen and actress, Vanessa Lachey

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Miss Universe 2019 Zozibini Tunzi, of South Africa, appears at a press conference following the 2019 Miss Universe Pageant at Tyler Perry Studios on December 08, 2019.
Miss Universe 2019 Zozibini Tunzi, of South Africa, appears at a press conference following the 2019 Miss Universe Pageant at Tyler Perry Studios on December 08, 2019. Paras Griffin/Getty Images/AFP

Reigning Miss South Africa, Zozibini Tunzi has been crowned Miss Universe 2019. The Beauty queen’s crowning as the 68th Miss Universe took place on Sunday, 8 December 2019 at the Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

The show which lasted 3 hours was hosted by the famous comedian, Steve Harvey alongside former beauty queen and actress, Vanessa Lachey.

Ally Brooke from Fifth Harmony musical group thrilled the audience with her wonderful performances.

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Beautiful Tunzi was crowned by departing Miss Universe 2018, Catriona Gray as pageantry tradition demands. Tunzi is now the third South African to have been crowned Miss Universe. Others were Margaret Gardiner and Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters who were crowned in 1978 and 2017 respectively.

Her crowning also launched the brand-new “Power of Unity” crown which is said to be worth about R73 million. 

The newly-crowned queen has come out to thank South Africans for the support they gave her during the pageantry. While speaking after her victory, the 26-year who hails from Tsolo, Sidwadweni in East Cape said:

“Ah, I’m so ecstatic. I think everyone is still waking up by the way. They are going to wake up to a storm of news. I don’t think I have ever had as much support as I did coming into the Miss South Africa crown and so I think this will be something extra and very special for everyone back at home.”

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South Africans are awake and have reacted brilliantly to the news of Zozibini Tunzi being crowned Miss Universe 2019 on Twitter. See what some have said:

While one Twitter user who goes by the handle @Loisabels18 refers to the fact that Zozibini Tunzi was crowned by the immediate past Miss Universe from the Philippines who received her own crown from a former South African Miss Universe, another user tweeted “…Nothing could ever beat natural African beauty.”

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