Bangladesh thrash South Africa to win the ODI series
Chittagong: Bangladeshi Opener Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar struck half-centuries as Bangladesh thrashed South Africa by nine wickets in the third and final one-day international to take the three-match series 2-1 in Chittagong on Wednesday.
Soumya, fresh from his unbeaten 88 in the second series matching game, scored 90 and Tamim added unbeaten 61 as Bangladesh raced to 170-1 after the home bowlers had restricted the powerful Proteas to 168-9 in a game rain hit.
The first victory of the series over the world heavyweight cricket continues minnows Bangladesh’s party coming-of-age, crowning a historic success for men Mashrafe Mortaza’s after their first appearance in the quarterfinals of the World Cup and successive series wins over India and Pakistan earlier this year.
Soumya led the batting with his sleeves 75 stroke-filled balls that included 13 fours and a six, with local boy Tamim acting as an anchor in their booth 154 opening term.
“After losing the first game, it was difficult to come back in the second,” Mortaza said.
Bangladesh bounced eight wicket mauling in the first game to win the second by seven wickets.
“The boys played brilliantly in the third game,” said Mortaza. “The way Soumya was stick was nice to see. Mustafiz (ur) has become a very good fast bowler. Tamim showed his character. It was brilliant, “he added.
The match was reduced to 40 compared to one side as rain at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium stopped play midway through the sleeves in South Africa for nearly three hours.
Bangladesh were given a target of 170 runs by Method / Duckworth Lewis, and they achieved comfortably with 83 balls to spare.
A low-Litton Das hit the winning boundary after Soumya was rejected when the victory was just a formality. Hashim Amla took the catch at short cover off legspinner Imran Tahir.
A disappointed Amla hoped to make amends for the loss of the two series of tests following the ODIs.
“We cheated on credit conditions, but in Bangladesh,” he said.
“We were rusty and we havent played much cricket. Test cricket is a different ball game. We will regroup and return to the test. “
Chakib between elite club
Earlier, left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan and skipper Mashrafe Moratza reached a landmark 200 wicket to set up victory.
South Africa, opting to bat first, were in a desperate situation with 4-78 in 23 overs when the rain came.
JP Duminy topscored 51 off 70 balls and has 63 runs with David Miller (44) for the fifth wicket to help the visitors recover before he became the last man dismissed.
Shakib, who finished with 3-33, finished his step when he claimed the wickets of captain Faf du Plessis and Amla after Mustafizur Rahman gave the hosts their first breakthrough.
When Chakib Amla forced aboard a wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim taking, he became the second Bangladeshi to take 200 ODI wickets after another left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak who took 207 wickets.
It also set Chakib a place in the elite club multipurpose who took 200 wickets and scored 4000 points in ODIs.
Only Sri Lanka’s Sanath Jayasuriya, South African Jacques Kallis, Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi and Abdul Razzak and the New Zealand duo of Chris Harris and Chris Cairns had achieved the double before Shakib.
He was soon joined by Mortaza (1-29) in the 200 wicket milestone after Bangladesh captain rid of David Miller, who gave a decision Sabbir Rahman back focus.
Mustafizur and fellow paceman Rubel Hossain also took two wickets, giving away 24 and 29 runs each respectively.
The test series will start on July 21 in Chittagong.