South Africa Trash Bangladesh to Pocket T20 International Series by 2-0

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South Africa Trash Bangladesh to Pocket T20 International Series by 2-0

July 08
09:17 2015

sa vs. banNew Delhi, Wednesday, July 8 – Bangladesh couldn’t do much in the second T20 International match, which held at Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka on Wednesday when South Africa started to put best foot forward. Hopes were up from Bangladesh post their terrific performance against India and Pakistan in the second quarter of 2015.

However, due to outstanding show by the Proteas, the Tigers were not able to save the series. South Africa won the toss and chose to bat first probably because wicket was ideal for it and ball was coming perfectly on the bat.  The moment match started, the guest had a grip on the contest and it was almost clear that they are going to win the 2-match series by 2-0, outshining the host.

With a lead of 1-0, Faf du Plessis led side was able to shift tension on the end of Bangladesh, who were hoping to bounce back in the game keeping in mind their terrific exhibition of talent in lately  concluded 3-match ODI series against Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men which they won by 2-1. Despite making efforts to pressurize South African squad, the Tigers and supporters were disappointed to lose the series with no win in their pocket.

Challenges were huge for Bangladesh the contest between the two countries was slated to take place on their soil. Playing in home conditions is sometimes is beneficial but indirectly puts lots of load on the shoulders due to soaring expectations of the fans who consider everything secondary when it comes to watching the match live. The opening duo Quinton de Kock and AB de Villiers proved confidence of their captain right and accumulated 95 runs in 10.3 overs.

The host was looking forward to any breakthrough that came very late when wicketkeeper-batsman de Kock was caught by S Rahman on a delivery by Arafat Sunny. His contribution of 44 runs off 31 balls, including two sixes and four boundaries enabled the guest to get a strong base. The new batsman on the crease was Jean-Paul Duminy who failed to exibit the kind of show for what he is famous across the world. Nasir Hossain stunned him through a perfect ball that was caught excellently by Shakib Al Hasan when the all-rounder was batting at a score of 6.

Bangladesh all of a sudden began to bounce back in the game as soon as de Villiers (40 runs off 34 balls; 4 x 6) fell short to Hossain on the very next ball. du Plessis did not succed to play an innings that could have changed the game after losing wicket at 16 runs, inclusive of a boundary.

David Miller and Rilee Rossouw the last batting pair ensured South Africa sets a big total that could be defended easily. Back to back sixes by left-handed batsman Rossouw took score slightly up, displaying the talent what Bangladesh were probably not  familiar with. He played a valuable knock of 19 runs in just 6 balls, while on the other hand,  Miller was unbeaten at 30 runs, which included 2 4s and a six. With 14 extras, South Africa were at 169 runs for the loss of 4 wickets. Nasir Hossain was the leading wicket taker, whereas Sunny and Mustafizur Rahman got one wicket apiece.

Chasing the target was not easy as it seemed in first go even when a few of Bangladeshi cricketers like Shakib Al Hasan have experience of playing in the shortest format. In view of the fact that they couldn’t save wickets in the early overs, reaching the safest spot became very difficult. The opener Tamim Iqbal  was out at 13 runs off 18 balls (4 x 1) when David Wiese made no mistake to run to his left from mid-wicket and pouch the catch devoid of any difficult. Soumya Sarkar did his bit by hoarding 37 runs off only 21 balls, together with 6 boundaries and a six. Eddie Leie got the first wicket when de Kock caught him behind the stumps.

Hasan (8 runs of 14 balls) was dismissed by Aaron Phangiso when Rossouw timed his jump to take a beautiful catch with both hands. Sabbir Rahman lost his wicket at 1 run and a time when presence on the pitch could have created the entire difference. Leie’s bowling did a trick and du Plessis was a happy man.

Mushfiqur Rahim was attempting to take his team out of problematic situation and hit a six and four to play a 19-run knock but that wasn’t sufficient, especially when South Africans were the rivals, leaving no stone unturned to seal the series. Nasir Hossain was out for a duck. Litton Das  was the next to go back to the dressing room. Mashrafe Mortaza, the Bangladesh skipper, struck two biggies to take away the unwanted pressure, nevertheless, had no answer for a fine delivery by Kyle Abbott.

Rony Talukdar succumbed to right-arm fast-medium bowler Abbott after failing to read a brilliant Yorker. The moment Mustafizur Rahman was dismissed by the same bowler when 4 balls were remaining to be bowled, South African team jumped in joy. Bangladesh squad was all out at 138 runs and scored at a rate of 7.14 runs per over. Eddie Leie was given Man of the Match for taking 3 wickets and crushing top and middle batting order. With victory in hand in T20, South Africa eye win in ODI series, which is to start soon, while Bangladesh ready for a fresh start.

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