The Bengal Tigers registered their first-ever series win against mighty South Africa crushing them by 9 wickets in the 3rd match of the three-match National Polymer ODI Cricket Series at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong on Wednesday. Bangladesh won the series 2-1 after routing the visiting side in the match via D/L method with 83 balls to spare. This is also Bangladesh’s 4th successive ODI series win at home within the last eight months after beating Zimbabwe 5-0, Pakistan 3-0 and India 2-1.
Bangladesh beat the Proteas by 7 wickets in the second match to level the series 1-1 on Sunday at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium after conceding an 8-wicket defeat in the first match at the same venue. With the win, Bangladesh tasted their 3rd ODI victory against South Africa in their 17 ODI battles after the first victory in the ICC World Cup 2007 in West Indies.
Chasing a revised target of 170 runs, Bangladesh reached the goal in 26.1 overs losing one wicket riding on the opening stand of 154 runs in 24.4 overs between Soumya Sarkar and Tamim Iqbal. Bangladesh’s consistent performer Soumya Sarkar hit 90 runs off 75 balls featuring 13 fours and the lone six in the Tigers’ innings before being caught by the visitors’ skipper Hashim Amla off an Imran Tahir delivery.
Soumya Sarkar was adjudged player of the match for his brilliant knock of 90 and also the player of the series scoring 205 runs at an average of 102.50. He scored run-a-ball 27 in the first match and unbeaten 88 off 79 balls in the second match. Soumya Sarkar completed his back-to-back half century hitting a four through short fine leg off a Morne Morkel delivery in 15.3 overs at 103.
Tamim Iqbal hit unbeaten 61 runs off 77 balls with seven fours while Litton Kumar Das added not out run-a-ball 5 with a four. Imran Tahir took the lone wicket for 37 runs in 6.1 overs. The match was curtailed to 40-over-a-side after rain interrupted the play. The rain ate away two hours and 55 minutes of the match. The Proteas scored 168 for 9 in 40 overs riding on Jean Paul Duminy’s team highest 51 runs off 70 balls with 3 fours. He was caught by Litton Kumar Das in the innings last delivery off a Rubel Hossain delivery.
The rain halted the match at 4:35 pm when South Africa were on 78 for 4 in 23 overs and the visitors resumed their batting at 7:30pm after a suspension of play for two hours and 55 minutes with David Miller (23 off 27b, 3X4) and Jean Paul Duminy (8 off 25b) in the crease. However, Tiger ODI skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza captured number five David Miller who scored 44 runs off 51 balls with five fours for the side caught by Sabbir Rahman at 113 in 30 overs.
With this wicket, Mashrafe also touched the 200-wicket milestone in ODI as the third cricketer for Bangladesh. He started the series with 197 wickets. Mashrafe claimed 200 wickets in his 157 matches conceding 6177 runs with an average of 30.88, including the best figure of 6 for 26. Sabbir further helped Shakib Al Hasan by an esthetic catch to dismiss Farhaan Behardien (12 off 16b, 1X4), at 149 in 35.1 overs.
Pacer Rubel Hossain bowled out Kyle Abbott (5 off 10b) at 168 in 39.2 overs. Earlier, choosing batting first after winning the toss, mighty South Africa faced an early collapse as they lost four top-order batsmen for 50 in 15.1 overs. Mustafizur Raman’s off-cutter jolted the Proteas batting castle first as he took the visitors’ opener Quinton de Kock (7 off 8b, 1X4) at 8 in 2.2 overs.
Shakib Al Hasan, the world’s number one all-rounder in all three formats, dismissed Faf du Plessis (6 off 17b) as he was caught by Mushfiqur Rahim at 19 in 7.1 overs. Shakib-Mushfiqur combination again dismissed the visitors’ skipper Hashim Amla (15 off 35b, 2X4) at 45 in 13.3 overs. Shakib Al Hasan completed his 200-wicket haul in ODI format as the second cricketer for Bangladesh after the highest wicket-taker Abdur Razzak’s 207 wickets.
Shakib’s remarkable success came in his 156th ODI match conceding 5699 runs with an average of 28.35, including the best figure of 4 for 16. Tigers Test skipper Mushfiqur further helped all-rounder Mahmudullah to capture number-four Rilee Rossouw (17 off 27b, 2X4) at 50/4 in 15.1 overs. On his way to the two-wicket haul in the match, Mustafizur Rahman also bowled out Kagiso Rabada (1 off 5b) at 155 for 7 in 36.4 overs.
In the first match of this three-match series, K Rabada claimed six wickets for 16 runs, including a hat-trick, which is the best figure on ODI debut. Shakib Al Hasan grabbed three wickets for 33 runs in 8 overs. Mustafizur Rahman and Rubel Hossain captured two wickets each for 24 and 29 runs respectively in 8 and 6 overs. Mahmudullah and Mashrafe Bin Mortaza took one wicket apiece for 20 and 29 runs respectively, agencies report..