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Du Plessis leads South Africa to big win

Faced with 149-run target, Bangladesh falls short by 52 runs in first T20I

Du Plessis leads South Africa to big win - Cricket News
Faf du Plessis brought up his half-century off 35 balls.
A gritty unbeaten 61-ball 79 by Faf du Plessis and a combined effort by the bowlers gave South Africa a comprehensive win in the first of two Twenty20 Internationals against Bangladesh in Dhaka on Sunday (July 5). Batting first, South Africa totalled 148 for 4, and then bowled the home side out in 18.5 overs for 96 to seal a 52-run win.
 
South Africa, having opted for first strike, started on an adventurous note by giving AB de Villiers a promotion to the top, but it took just six balls for the move to backfire. Bangladesh opened with the left-arm spin of Arafat Sunny and de Villiers went after him straightaway, only to give a simple catch to cover point after scoring just two runs. 
 
The early wicket set the tone and Bangladesh's plan was clear, it was going to test South Africa with spin on a typically slow and sluggish pitch. Three overs later, Quinton de Kock followed de Villiers in similar fashion, slicing Nasir Hossain to cover point and perishing for 12. Only one over in the Power Play was bowled by a pacer and South Africa was struggling for momentum at 37 for 2. 
 
The situation called for sensible approach and du Plessis provided exactly that. He was busy at the crease and dealt in singles and doubles, but was also quick to send the bad balls to the boundary. At the other end, JP Duminy and David Miller fell to spinners in the space of two overs but du Plessis carried on to bring up his half-century in 35 balls. 


 
South Africa still needed a strong finish and it got that when Rilee Rossouw joined his skipper in the 14th over. Rossouw smashed an unbeaten 31 from 21 balls, including two fours and two sixes, and the duo added 58 from the last 40 balls to lift South Africa to a competitive total on what was a tough wicket to score on.
 
Bangladesh's chase never quite got going. It started in a fashion similar to South Africa's, when Tamim Iqbal gloved the sixth ball of the innings from Kyle Abbott to de Kock and Soumya Sarkar followed in the next over when he pulled a bouncer from Kagiso Rabada to deep square-leg.
 
However, unlike in South Africa's innings, a recovery never came.
 
The only meaningful partnership came when Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim added 37 for the third wicket, but once Rahim flicked Duminy to deep midwicket in the eighth over, the chase became trickier. South Africa turned the tables on Bangladesh, putting it through a trial by spin with Duminy and Aaron Phangiso rushing through the middle overs, sharing three wickets between them. 
 
Only three batsmen – Shakib, Mushfiqur and Litton Das, the debutant – went beyond single-digit scores and when Shakib paddled David Wiese to short fine-leg in the 14th over, the result appeared a foregone conclusion. Bangladesh was eventually bowled out for a sub-100 score, with each of South Africa's six bowlers among the wickets.
 
The second T20I will be played at the same venue on Tuesday, and will be followed by three One-Day Internationals and two Test matches.

For full scorecard of the match, click here.

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