20 December 2014
Monday 25 February 2008
South Africa Close Out Five-Wicket Win Over Tigers
South Africa 170 (S Hossain 6-27) & 208-5 (Smith 62)
South Africa won by five wickets and lead the series 1-0
Despite losing Ashwell Prince for 38 on day four, South Africa wasted little time in sealing a five-wicket win on day four of the opening Test against Bangladesh in Mirpur.
Their success may be tempered by the fact they were fined for maintaining a slow over rate, falling three overs short of its target, meaning captain Graeme Smith was fined 30 percent of his match fee with the rest of his players fined to the tune of 15 percent.
Resuming on 178 for four in pursuit of 205 to win, Kallis fell after 15 runs had been scored when he was trapped in front by Shahadat Hossain, who finished the match with nine wickets to his name.
AB De Villiers, with 19 not out and Mark Boucher, with five, ensured there were no further dramas and South Africa successfully overturned a first innings deficit to take a comfortable win.
Shahadat was again the pick of the bowlers, adding figures of three for 70 to his first innings haul of six for 27 while Mohammad Rafique showed his worth by taking two for 57.
Bangladesh had competed right until the third day, claiming a lead of 22 on first innings, and looking well set as Junaid Siddique hit 74 in the second innings.
However, he had little support, and after Jacques Kallis took five for 30 to ensure a modest run chase, Graeme Smith hit 62 to break the back of the task, and effectively put a battling Bangladesh side out of the game.
The second Test begins in Chittagong on February 29th.
ï¿½ Cricket World 2008
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