South Africa 195-4 (de Kock 59) beat
Bangladesh 175-9 (Sarkar 47) by 20 runs
First Twenty20 International in Bloemfontein
After blistering knocks from Quinton de Kock and AB de Villiers powered South Africa to 195 for four, a collective effort from bowlers did manage to restrict Bangladesh to 175 for nine in the chase to win the first Twenty20 International in Bloemfontein by 20 runs and take a 1-0 unassailable lead in the series.
South Africa won the toss and decided to bat first. Hashim Amla (3) fell early when Mehedi Hasan (2-31) castled him early but de Kock (59) and de Villiers (49) added 79 runs for the second wicket with the latter smashing a flurry of boundaries.
Just about halfway mark, de Villiers was accounted by Mehedi, leaving him one run short of a deserving half-century. His runs came at a strike-rate of 181.48 as South Africa reached 97 for two.
De Kock brought his second half-century in T20Is with a six but he and JP Duminy (13) fell in quick succession following which cameos from David Miller (25 not out) and Farhaan Behardien (36 not out) helped South Africa posts 195 for four in their innings.
In the chase despite losing Imrul Kayes (10), Soumya Sarkar (47) played a solid knock. Shakib Al Hasan (13), Mushfiqur Rahim (13) and Sabbir Rahman (19) all got starts but failed to kick on. Despite, Mohammad Saifuddin's (39 not out) brilliance down the order, Bangladesh fell 21 runs short of the target.
Debutant Robert Frylinck (2-33), Dane Paterson (2-29), Beuran Hendricks (2-42) and Andile Phehlukwayo (2-45) all picked two wickets each as South Africa take a 1-0 lead in the series. For his brilliance with the bat, de Villiers was adjudged the man of the match.
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