Taskin Ahmed

Bangladesh record historic series victory over South Africa

SA v BAN, 3rd ODI, Report

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Bangladesh registered an emphatic nine-wicket win over South Africa and in doing so, recorded their first-ever bilateral series win at the home of the Proteas.

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Skipper Tamim Iqbal led by example with an unbeaten 87 and ensured he took his team through to the win by carrying his bat till the end. He was well supported by fellow opener Liton Das, with whom he knocked off 127 runs off the target of 155.

With the ball, Taskin Ahmed ran through South Africa with a brilliant five-wicket haul that reduced the Proteas to a paltry total of 154.

As far as South Africa were concerned, apart from the openers Quinton de Kock and Janneman Malan, and a little resistance from Keshav Maharaj, the hosts looked off-colour with the bat as well as the ball.  

After the loss, South Africa find themselves in a spot of bother in the ICC Cricket World Cup Super League standings, where they are currently placed 9th with only 49 points after 13 games. Bangladesh, on the other hand, consolidated their spot at the top of the CWCSL table.

After winning the toss South Africa captain Temba Bavuma chose to bat first. Openers de Kock and Malan took the attack to the bowlers and started with a flurry of boundaries. Mehidy Hasan, as he has done so often, broke through at a crucial time with de Kock holing out in the deep for 12.

Verreynne couldn't contribute much, either, as he walked back to the pavilion on 9 after edging one straight onto his stumps. After dismissing Verreynne, Taskin dismissed set batter Malan for 39, reducing South Africa to 69 for 3.

After a poor start, it was important for new batters Bavuma and Rassie Van der Dussen to bat sensibly. Bavuma, though, attempted to sweep the experienced Shakib Al Hasan and ended up missing the ball and was trapped leg before wicket for 2. Rassie followed the skipper to the pavilion soon after, succumbing to Shoriful Islam's short delivery.

South Africa were in deep trouble with half of their side dismissed and the score only on 83. David Miller and all-rounder Dwaine Pretorious tried to steady the ship before edging one to the wicketkeeper.

Ahmed, who was breathing fire, ended all hopes of South Africa possibly putting up a fighting total when he removed Miller and Kagiso Rabada in the same over and completed his five-for, the second of his ODI career.  Shakib Al Hasan soon sent Lungi Ngidi back to the pavilion, and Maharaj, after a valiant effort, was run out on 28, bringing South Africa's innings to an end at 154.

Building on the momentum created by the bowlers, openers Tamim and Das raced off the blocks in their case. They toyed with the field and found boundaries with ease. Skipper Tamim finished off the Powerplay in style, smashing Rabada for four boundaries in the 10th over.

There were a few quiet overs after the fielding restrictions were lifted but the openers were in a hurry to finish the match, smacking nine boundaries between the overs 13-20. Iqbal brought up his fifty in 52 balls and the opening pair soon brought up their 100-run partnership.

Das fell two runs short of what would have been his second fifty of the series but Tamim and Al Hasan took Bangladesh to a historic series win with nine wickets and 141 balls to spare.

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