Wednesday 12 March 2008 

Nel, Langeveldt And De Villiers Seal Series For Proteas

Bangladesh 173 (Raqibul Hasan 63, Shakib Al Hasan 52, Nel 4-27) v
South Africa 179-3 (De Villiers 69no, Abdur Razzak 2-38)

South Africa won by seven wickets and lead the three-match series 2-0

Fast bowlers Andre Nel and Charl Langeveldt shared seven wickets before an unbeaten half-century from AB De Villiers, who finished the match with a six, enabled South Africa to comfortably defeat Bangladesh in the second One Day International in Mirpur.

De Villiers (70 not out) and JP Duminy (49 not out) shared an unbroken fourth-wicket stand of 119 after South Africa had slipped to 60 for 3 in pursuit of 174 for victory with the win meaning they take an unassailable 2-0 series lead.

Bangladesh started the defence of their modest total in good form, left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak bowling the in form Graeme Smith for 28 and trapping Hashim Amla in front for 16 after Mashrafe Mortaza had provided the early breakthrough with the wicket of Herschelle Gibbs, lbw for three.

De Villiers and Duminy, potentially future leaders of the South African side, played perfect innings for the situation, eschewing risk until the game was won. Only four boundaries were scored in their partnership which spanned more than 31 overs as they timed the chase nicely, the win coming from the first ball of the 49th over, the only ball bowled by Tamim Iqbal.

Abdur Razzak bowled his ten overs for figures of two for 32 with Mortaza also economical, taking one for 27. No bowler was really taken apart by the South Africans, leaving the Bangladesh side ruing not managing to get a score of around 200 to 220, which might have been competitive.

Earlier, Bangladesh won the toss and were soon in trouble as Andre Nel removed Tamim Iqbal (nought), Shahriar Nafees (five) and Mohammad Ashraful (nought) before Langeveldt trapped Nazimuddin for 11 to leave the Tigers reeling at 18 for four.

Shakib Al Hasan (52) and Raqibul Hasan (63) then combined to add a 119-run partnership for the fifth wicket to keep their side in the game.

It was necessarily painstaking and slow work, but in between them they scored eight boundaries in just over 30 overs at the crease together. Shakib, who still holds the record score in ODIs for Bangladesh, passed 1000 runs in ODIs during his stay at the crease giving his side something to cheer.

Once Raqibul was dismissed, caught by Graeme Smith off of Langeveldt, the Proteas soon ran through the rest of the order as Dhiman Ghosh was run out for a duck, Mashrafe Mortaza smashed a quick 20 before giving Paul Harris a catch off of Langeveldt, Abdur Razzak fell to Nel for a duck, while Mosharraf Hossain was run out by Nel without scoring.

Syed Rasel remained unbeaten without scoring as Johan Botha, by having Shakib Al Hasan caught by Herschelle Gibbs, was the only other bowler to take a wicket for South Africa.

Nel finished with four for 27, Langeveldt with three for 31.

� Cricket World 2008