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Historic series win against protea knocking tiger’s door

  • Sun Online Desk
  • 15th July, 2015 10:45:48 PM
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The maiden and historic One Day International (ODI) series wining against cricket giant South Africa is knocking the door of Bangladesh Cricket team as the two openers—Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar thrashing protea bowlers badly.


Without loosing any wicket Bangladesh scored 134 runs after 21 overs being bowled.


Soumya Sarkar is batting on 74 off 59 with hitting 10 boundaries and one over boundary while Tamim Iqbal is batting on 49 off 69 with hitting five boundaries.


This is the highest partnership against South Africa in any wickets.


Bangladesh need 36 more runs to clinch the first series win against South Africa in next 19 overs, 10 wickets left in hand.


Earlier, disciplined Bangladesh bowling and reckless batting by South Africa, the visitors could only manged to score 168 for nine in their allotted 40 overs in the rain-hit third One-Day International (ODI) at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong.


After implying the D/L method, the revised target for Bangladesh will be 170. The three match series is currently leveled at 1-1 and now if Bangladesh bat sensibly in the second innings, they will be the favourites to snatch the series from the jaws of the No. 4 ranked ODI team.


It was a struggle for the South African batsmen since the start of this innings. They lost their opener Quinton de Kock in third over of the match when the southpaw tried to play a full ball of Mustafizur Rahman tailing onto his leg-stump but failed to connect. The ball sneaked past the bat and crashes into the leg stump. Faf du Plessis soon followed him tried to play an expensive shot against Shakib al Hasan but failed to connect it properly. Mushfiqur Rahim completed the rest of work by taking the high catch quite easily.


Shakib reached a historic milestone when he claimed the wicket of South Africa’s stand-in skipper Hashim Amla. It was a beautifully tossed up delivery which tempted the experienced Amla to play a cover drive. But he could only manage an outside edge to the keeper as the ball turned slightly after pitching. Rilee Rossouw also got out LBW to Mahmudullah’s off-spin and South Africa were tottering at 50 for four in the 16th overs.


From their David Miller and JP Duminy put up some kind of resistance with a 63-run partnership for the fifth wicket. During the course of this partnership the game was halted for almost three hours following a heavy rain. When the game restarted, it was reduced to a 40-over encounter. Miller and Duminy kept on fighting for the visitors.


Mashrafe Mortaza broke the dangerous looking partnership when he got rid of Miller. This was also Mortaza’s 200th ODI wicket. Flood gates were open after that dismissal. Wickets in regular intervals halted South Africa’s progress and they could only manage to reach 168. Duminy was South Africa’s highest scorer with 51 off 70 balls. For Bangladesh Shakib was the most successful bowler with figure of three for 33.


Earlier Proteas captain Amla won the toss and elected to bat first in overcast day at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in the port city of Chittagong. The visitors had made only one change in their playing eleven, which was thrashed in the last game in Dhaka. Morne Morkel was included for his 100th ODI, in place of Chris Morris. Whereas Bangladesh were unchanged.


Brief Scores:


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) vs Bangladesh


Full scorecard