Bangladesh has secured a maiden One Day International series win over South Africa after thrashing the Proteas by nine wickets in the third ODI in Chittagong on Wednesday. This victory marks a come-from-behind 2-1 series triumph and also the first time the Tigers have beaten the South African in consecutive matches. The tourists won the toss but that was the last joy for the visiting side on what was otherwise a dismal day at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.
Rilee Rossouw’s 17 was the best effort by a top four batsmen as Russell Domingo’s charges were reduced to 50/4 after 15.1 overs. Shakib Al Hasan dismissed Hashim Amla (15) and Faf Du Plessis (6) on his way to 3/33 in eight overs. David Miller and JP Duminy were the best of the South African batsmen, sharing in a 63-run stand before the former was caught by Sabbir Rahman off Mashrafe Mortaza (1/29) for 44.
Duminy hung on before he was out for 51 when Rubel Hossain (2/29) had him caught by Liton Das. South Africa could only muster 168/9 in a rain-reduced 40 overs. Duckworth/Lewis decreed the hosts would have to hit 170 for victory. Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar failed to hold back as they pounded the Proteas bowlers to every area of the ground.
The pair put on a superb 154-run partnership to all but guarantee their side the glory. Sarkar’s 90 from only 75 balls, including 13 fours and a six, ended when Imran Tahir had him caught by Hashim Amla. Iqbal’s unbeaten 61 from 77 balls provided the anchor as Das pulled Tahir over midwicket for the winning boundary with a massive 13.5 overs to spare.
This is Bangladesh’s fourth straight ODI series victory and after the manner in which they were beaten in the first match against South Africa, they will be most pleased with their comeback performance. The first of two Tests between the two sides begins on Tuesday at the same ground.