With a magnificent turn around after loosing first One Day International (ODI) against South Africa, Bangladeshi tigers powered themselves significantly to clinch the historic series win 2-1 against protea at Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong on Wednesday.
Today the tigers beat South Africa by 9 wickets in the third ODI match of the three-match National Polymar ODI series and presented an early Eid festival to the whole nation.
Pakistan couldn’t, a strong Indian side failed to tame them, now the mighty South Africans put down their weapons in front of the emerging powerhouse of world cricket, Bangladesh, who have made a habit of rewriting history these days.
Sensible batting from Bangladeshi batsmen in the second innings, made tigers favourites to snatch the series from the jaws of the No. 4 ranked ODI team.
A counter-attacking opening partnership off 154 runs between Soumya Sarkar and Tamim Iqbal helped Bangladesh to cruise to the target of 170 in just 26.1 overs. With this victory Bangladesh complete their fourth successive series win at home. This is the highest partnership against South Africa in any wickets.
Earlier, some inspirational bowling by Shakib Al Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman, tigers wrapped up protea’s innings in 168 run in a rain-hit 40-over match.
Though the rain put brakes on game proceedings but did not dampen the spirits of the Bangladeshis.
Some disciplined Bangladesh bowling and reckless batting by South Africa, restricted the visitors to just 168 for nine in their allotted 40 overs. Bangladesh chased down the D/L target of 170 with 13.5 overs remaining and nine wickets at their bag.
Young talent Soumya Sarkar was unfortunate to make his century as being caught out on 90 playing off 75 balls and team was only 16 runs away to win the match then.
His attacking approach left South Africa clueless. It seemed that they didn’t have any gameplan against Soumya, who is certainly the most shining star of Bangladesh cricket at this moment.
However, he made the highest score of the day with hitting 13 boundaries and one over boundary.
Soumya Sarkar has been declared the man of the match and also the man of the series.
On the other hand, Tamim Iqbal, who failed to bat in first tow matches, powered his batting and scored unbeaten 61 runs off 77 balls that anchored Bangladesh on the shore of victory.
Tamim played a supportive role. Apart from the team perspective, this innings was very crucial for his career as well. After a few failures, pressure was mounting on him. But Tamim once again proved that he is the man when it comes to take the pressure of a big game.
No Proteas bowler looked threatening at all. Apart from Kyle Abbott, every other South African bowler had an economy rate of more than six runs in an over. It shows the dominance of the Bangla openers.
Imran Tahir was their only successful bowler. He got the only Bangladeshi wicket which fell today, that too in the in the dire state of the match.
South Africa 168 for 9 in 40 overs (David Miller 44, JP Duminy 51; Mustafizur Rahman 2 for 24, Shakib al Hasan 3 for 33) lost to Bangladesh 170 for 1 in 26.1 overs (Soumya Sarkar 90, Tamim Iqbal 61* ; 1 for 37) by 9 wickets.