Bangladesh beat Proteas by nine wickets to seal ODI series

Chittagong (Bangladesh), July 15 (ANI): Bangladesh registered their first bilateral series win over South Africa after defeating the tourists in the third and final one-day international by nine wickets (D/L method) on Wednesday, thanks to another disciplined bowling performance and openers Soumya Sarkar and Tamim Iqbal’s contrasting half-tons.

Opting to bat first, South African top-order batmen once again struggled against Bangladesh’s bowlers on a slow surface and could only set a paltry target of 169 after rain reduced game to 40 overs.

All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan spearheaded the bowling attack and returned figures of 3-33, including crucial wickets of captain Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis.

While fast bowlers Rubel Hossain and Mustafizur Rahman shared four wickets between themselves, Mashrafe Mortaza and Mahmudullah claimed one wicket each to restrict the opponents for a second time in the series.

South Africa were reeling at 50-4 in the 15.1 over before David Miller (44) and JP Duminy showed some fight as the duo built a 63-run partnership for the fifth wicket.

Although Duminy (51) scored his half-century, there was hardly any resistance from rest of the batsmen.

In reply, Bangladesh made a blistering start as Tamim and Soumya built a rock solid 154-run stand for the opening wicket before the dismissal of the latter.

Soumya, who was adjudged as the Man of the Match and Series, scored his second consecutive half-century as he struck a brilliant 90, including 13 boundaries and one six.

Tamim, meanwhile, remained unbeaten as he scored a composed 61 to steer home to an emphatic victory in the 26.1 over with Litton Das (5) on the crease. (ANI)

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