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Rabada six-for powers South Africa win

Debutant seamer takes 6 for 16 as visiting side eases to eight-wicket win against Bangladesh in first ODI

Rabada six-for powers South Africa win - Cricket News
Rabada returned in his second spell to add the wickets of Mashrafe Mortaza and Jubair Hossain to break the best ODI debut wicket-taking record held by Fidel Edwards.
Kagiso Rabada became only the second man in history to claim a hat-trick on debut as South Africa beat Bangladesh by eight wickets in a rain-hit first One-Day International in Dhaka on Friday (July 10).  

Rabada finished with 6 for 16, the best ever ODI haul by a debutante, as Bangladesh was all out for 160 in 36.3 overs after the home side opted to bat first on a rain-soaked pitch at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium. Rabada’s figures were also the best for South Africa in ODIs.

Faced with an easy chase, South Africa achieved the target in just 31.1 overs, reaching 164 for 2 to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

Faf du Plessis made an unbeaten 63 from 75 balls and put 99 runs with Rilee Rossouw in an unbroken third-wicket stand after the early dismissals of Hashim Amla (14), the captain, and Quinton de Kock (35). Rossouw, who was unbeaten on 45, completed the win when he cut Sabbir Rahman for a four towards point.

The match was reduced to a 40-over-a-side affair after a heavy downpour delayed the start of play for two hours and 40 minutes.   

Rabada struck in the third ball of his second over when he sent the off-stump of Tamim Iqbal cartwheeling. He then made Litton Das offer a low catch to Farhaan Behardien at midwicket and trapped Mahmudullah lbw in his next two deliveries to complete the hat-trick.

He joined Bangladesh's Taijul Islam, who achieved the feat against Zimbabwe at the same ground in December.

Rabada, 20, later dismissed Soumya Sarkar before Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim provided some resistance for Bangladesh with a 53-run fifth wicket stand. Shakib top-scored with 48 off 51 balls, while Rahim made 24.   

Rabada returned in his second spell to add the wickets of Mashrafe Mortaza and Jubair Hossain to break the best ODI debut wicket-taking record held by Fidel Edwards. Edwards had claimed 6 for 22 against Zimbabwe in 2003.

Rabada is the first South African to bag six wickets on debut and only the second South African bowler to claim five wickets in his first ODI match. The other South African to achieve the feat was Allan Donald, who took 5 for 29 against India at Kolkata in 1991.   

Nasir Hossain lent some late resistance to score 31 off 44 balls before he was bowled by Chris Morris, who finished with 2 for 32.   

The second and third ODI of the three-match series will be held on July 12 and 15 respectively in Dhaka and Chittagong.

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