South Africa And BCB XI Tie In One Day Warm-Up Match
BCB XI 243-7 (Mahmadullah 37no, Harris 2-30)
243-8 (Smith 70, A Morkel 57no, M Hossain 3-19)
Report by Graham Wilson
South Africa prepared for their three-match One Day International series against Bangladesh by playing out a tie against the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) XI in Chittagong.
Fresh from winning the Test series 2-0, South Africa carried on from where they left off when they dismissed opener Junaid Siddique for a golden duck when Bangladesh batted first.
Several of the Bangladeshis got starts but South Africa kept them in check with regular wickets, Paul Harris making a satisfactory entry to the One Day set up with two for thirty to end as the pick of the bowlers.
Mahmudullah Riyad, one of five batsmen who hit 30 or more, top scored with an unbeaten 37 as the BCB side closed on 243 for seven in their 50 overs.
There was a wicket apiece for Dale Steyn, Andre Nel, Morne Morkel and Johan Botha.
Just as the BCB XI had lost an early wicket, so too did South Africa as Herschelle Gibbs did not trouble the scorers before he was caught behind by newcomer Dhiman Ghosh off of Syed Rasel.
However, captain Graeme Smith continued his imperious form by hitting 70, sharing in partnerships of 35 with Hashim Amla (19) and 66 with AB De Villiers (20). Smith smashed nine fours and a six before Ghosh took a second catch, this time Mosharraf Hossain the bowler.
At this point, the South Africans began to stutter as Jean-Paul Duminy (25 from 50 balls) and Alviro Peterson (nine from 23) struggled to keep up with the required run rate and it took Albie Morkel, who finished unbeaten on 57, and Johan Botha, who scored at better than a run a ball for his 34 to set up a tense finish.
Rubel Hossain was entrusted with the final over, and with two runs required from two balls, he bowled Botha, meaning Morne Morkel, and not his big-hitting brother was on strike for the final ball.
The brothers ran one, but Morne was run out attempting a second, leaving the scores level.
Mosharraf Hossain impressed ahead of his first taste of international cricket by claiming three for 19 as Rubel Hossain's late burst earnt him figures of two for 21.
The first One Day International is in Chittagong on March 9th.
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