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Mashrafe Mortaza says Bangladesh have earned enough respect with their impressive 21-run win over South Africa in their World Cup opener at The Oval on Sunday.

Bangladesh posted 330 for six as Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan laid strong foundations of their impressive show at the Oval.

Mahmudullah's quick fire 46 off 33 balls powered Bangladesh past their previous highest ODI total of 329 for six against Pakistan in 2015 at Dhaka.

Proteas skipper Faf du Plessis scored 62 from 53 balls, but Bangladesh seamer Mustafizur Rahman took three wickets while spinners applied brakes, guiding their side to a memorable win.

Bangladesh captain Mashrafe believes his side are still written off by most the cricket world, but he claims they are now strong enough and their victory against South Africa shouldn’t been as an upset anymore.

Asked if this was a sign of Bangladesh's progress, the skipper replied: "Do you think this was a surprise? If we can deliver our best we knew what we could do.

"I'm sure some people don't think well of our cricket. We are concentrating on our game and let other people talk.

"We have played well in a few matches before at the World Cup. I don't think this is our best result, but it's one of the best.

"We played so well, especially in England where the conditions don't favour us. I'm sure it won't happen every day but I love to play this way."

In contrast, South Africa are in trouble as they have lost two consecutive games and face India in their next game on June 5.