A 20 years wait ended in a win!
CRICDOT DESK : The Tigers started the winning series. Team Bangladesh won the first match of the three-match ODI series against South Africa. This is the first win against the hosts in South Africa.
Bangladesh won the first match of the series by 36 runs against the host South Africa. Earlier, the Tigers lost 8 wickets and scored 314 runs. In response, South Africa scored 26 runs for 10 wickets.
Bangladesh went ahead 1-0 in this historic victory series. Earlier, the Tigers played 19 matches in three formats on South African soil but did not win. In the 20th match, Bangladesh finally got an elusive victory.
After losing the toss, Liton Das-Sakib Al Hasan and Yasir Ali batted first and scored 314 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in 50 overs. This is Bangladesh’s second highest team run in ODI cricket against South Africa. In reply, Bangladesh bowlers bowled out the Proteas for 26 runs.
With this victory, Bangladesh remained at the top of the table of World Cup Super League with 11 wins in 11 matches and 110 points at 5 rate. South Africa are tenth in the table with 39 points from 11 matches with 3 wins, 6 losses and 2 abandoned matches.
The Proteas were in danger from the start as they chased down the Tigers’ huge run. And pacer Taskin Ahmed put them in danger. He picked up wickets in the first and fourth balls of the team’s eighth over.
Fast bowler Shariful Islam brought the first success to Bangladesh. He dismissed opener Janeman Malan for just four runs. At that time South Africa’s team run was 16.
The second hit in the Proteas camp was scored by Taskin at the head of the team’s 36 runs. This time he lbw out opener Kyle Verenne. Then Aiden caught Makram during this 36 run. Makram’s catch was brilliantly palmed by Mehdi Hasan Miraj.
Rasi von der Dassen and David Miller then teamed up. Taskin also broke their dangerous alliance. Tamim Iqbal was changing one bowler after another to break this pair.
Many of Taskin’s off-stumps were bowled by Fon der Dassen. Yasir palmed the ball as soon as he ran. And it broke the pair of 70 runs. In the last 40 overs, South Africa scored 199 for 5.
Earlier in the first match, Shakib Al Hasan scored maximum 6 runs for the Tigers. On the other hand, Yasir Ali and Liton Das scored 50 runs each.
The Tigers lost the toss and elected to bat. Two openers Tamim Iqbal and Liton Das gave a flying start to Bangladesh from the start. They scored 95 runs in the opening match. Shakib Al Hasan and Yasir Ali then added 115 runs for the fourth wicket.
Tamim was dismissed for 41 off 6 balls with 95 runs. After that, Liton Das returned to the dressing room after completing his half century. He was out during the team’s 105 runs.
Bangladesh lost two wickets in a row and fell under some pressure. That pressure increased when Mushfiqur Rahim was dismissed for just 9 runs during the team’s 124 runs.
But then Shakib Al Hasan and Yasir Ali took the helm of the team. The two of them continue to increase the number of runs.
Shakib stopped at the head of the team’s 239 runs. After Shakib left, Yasir also quickly returned to the dressing room. He was dismissed for 234 runs.
Before Shakib and Yasir were out, Bangladesh was heading towards a big collection. But after the two of them got out in less time, the pace of the run slowed down a bit. But the lower order batsmen scored fast runs towards the end and brought a challenging score to Bangladesh.
Mehdi Hasan Miraj, who came down to bat at the end, played 13 balls and scored 19 runs. Mahmudullah Riyad played 17 balls and scored 25 runs. Besides, Afif scored 16 off 13 balls and Taskin scored 6 off 5 balls.
Marco Jensen and Keshav Maharaj took the highest two wickets each for South Africa.
Bangladesh: 314/6 in 50 overs (Tamim 41, Liton 50, Shakib 6, Mushfiqur 9, Yasir 50, Mahmudullah 25, Afif 16, Miraj 19 *, Taskin 8 *; NGD 10-1-65-1, Rabada 10-0 -56-1, Yassen 10-1-58-2, Maharaj 10-0-58-2, Feluquayo 10-1-63-1)
South Africa: 26 in 48.5 overs (Vareina 21, Malan 4, Bavuma 31, Markram 0, Fon dar Dassen 6, Miller 69, Felukwayo 2, Jansen 2, Rabada 1, Maharaj 23, NGD 15 *; Shakib 10-0- 54-0, Shariful 6-0-46-2, Taskin 10-1-38-3, Mustafiz 10-0-50-0, Miraj 9-0-61-4, Mahmudullah 1.5-0-24-1 )