Friday 14 March 2008 

Smith To The Fore As South Africa Complete Clean Sweep

Bangladesh 143 (Shahriar Nafees 25, A Morkel 4-29, Botha 3-34) v
South Africa 147-3 (Smith 68no, De Villiers 40)

South Africa won by seven wickets and won the series 3-0

Albie Morkel took four wickets and Johan Botha three before Graeme Smith scored an unbeaten half-century to help South Africa complete a clean sweep of Bangladesh by winning the third and final one-day international by seven wickets.

Chasing 144 to win, Smith led the way with an unbeaten 68, in the process passing 5000 runs in One Day Internationals.

AB De Villiers also scored 40 before being bowled by Farhad Raza after Herschelle Gibbs (ten) and Alviro Petersen (24) had been dismissed.

Smith's innings included three fours and three sixes as victory was sealed in the 35th over of South Africa's innings.

Earlier, Bangladesh captain Mohammad Ashraful sent his side to bat after winning the toss, but they started losing wickets from the 10th over of the day when opener Tamim Iqbal (8) was caught behind by de Villiers off Albie Morkel who finished on his career best 4-29.

Opener Shahriar Nafees top-scored with 25, followed by Farhad Reza on 20 not out and Nazim Uddin 20. Nafees was caught behind by de Villiers off Morne Morkel.

Uddin was caught at mid wicket by captain Smith off a delivery from Albie Morkel.

Of the five catches taken by wicketkeeper de Villiers, two were from the deliveries from Albie Morkel, two from Botha and the other off Morne Morkel. Botha also bowled out Shakib Al Hasan for 12.

South Africa won the series 2-0 beating Bangladesh by seven wickets in Dhaka on Wednesday. They beat Bangladesh by nine wickets in Chittagong on Sunday.

� Reuters 2008

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