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Bangladesh demolish South Africa to take series

Soumya Sarkar (left) played another blinder of innings as Bangladesh defeated South Africa by nine wickets in the third ODI in Chittagong
Soumya Sarkar (left) played another blinder of innings as Bangladesh defeated South Africa by nine wickets in the third ODI in Chittagong
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Bangladesh 170-1 (Sarkar 90) beat
South Africa 168-9 (Duminy 51) by nine wickets (D/L)
Third One-Day International in Chittagong

Soumya Sarkar and Tamim Iqbal added a mammoth 154-run opening stand as Bangladesh defeated South Africa in the third One-Day International in Chittagong by nine-wickets (D/L), and with it, won the series 2-1.

Bangladesh remained unchanged from the previous game, while South Africa replaced Chris Morris with the experienced Morne Morkel.

South Africa won the toss and elected to bat first on a track which was on the slow side. 

Quinton de Kock (7) survived an lbw appeal in the second over from Mashrafe Mortaza (1-29), as the latter went on to review it, only to find the ball pitched outside leg. 

However, de Kock departed in the very next over, Mustafizur Rahman (2-24) shattering his leg stump. 

Hashim Amla (15) was struggling at the other end to cope with the swing generated by Mustafizur. 

The introduction of Shakib Al Hasan (3-33) changed the complexion of the game, as he deceived Faf du Plessis (6), who got a top edge as he looked to sweep, wicket-keeper Mushfiqur Rahim taking a high catch.

In his very next over, Shakib had Amla in trouble, as he mishit one to extra cover, where Sabbir Rahman failed to get a hold of it. South Africa were 36 for two at that stage.

Amla failed to make use of the reprieve as he edged one to Rahim to give Shakib his 200th ODI wicket. 

Rilee Rossouw (17) found it hard to adapt to the slow pitch in Chittagong and was eventually dismissed by Mahmudullah (1-20) off the first ball of the spell, Rahim taking his third catch of the day, leaving South Africa reeling at 50 for four.

David Miller (44) decided to take the attack to the opposition with a couple of boundaries off Mahmudllah in the 18th followed by another boundary off Nasir Hossain (0-30) in the next over to move South Africa to 70 for four.

Miller added an unbeaten 28-run stand for the fifth wicket with JP Duminy (51) to take South Africa to 78 for four before rain stopped play for almost three hours.

As a result, the game was reduced to 40 overs per side with each bowler able to bowl a maximum of eight overs. 

After a couple of watchful overs on resumption of play, Miller smashed Nasir for a couple of boundaries, making his intentions clear.

Just when South Africa looked to get out of trouble with the 58-run stand, Mortaza got rid of Miller, caught splendidly by Sabbir at backward point. This was also Mortaza's 200th ODI wicket.

Duminy brought up his half-century off 67 deliveries, but he was running out of partners and was eventually dismissed on the final ball of the innings helping South Africa to 168 for nine in their stipulated 40 overs.

The target was revised to 170 in 40 overs as per the D/L method.

For Bangladesh, Shakib was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Mustafizur and Rubel Hossain (2-29) managed two each.

Bangladesh looked in no trouble during the chase as Sarkar (90) smashed Kagiso Rabada (0-41) for three consecutive boundaries in the eighth over to bring up the Bangladesh 50. 

Any hopes of Imran Tahir (1-37) becoming the saviour for South Africa vanished as Tamim (61 not out) and Sarkar hit him for three more boundaries in the 15th over to bring the required run-rate under three.

Sarkar brought up his second successive fifty in 42 deliveries when he flicked Morkel (0-36) to the fine leg boundary, in the process bringing up the century opening stand as well off just 93 deliveries. 

Tamim played with a lot of caution, reaching his fifty off 70 deliveries as Bangladesh raced to 140 for nought in the 23rd over. 

Just when Sarkar looked set for a fine century, he chipped one straight to Amla at cover off Tahir, ending the 154-run opening stand.

Needing 16 more to win, Tamim went after Duminy, hitting him for a couple of boundaries in the 26th over which was followed by another boundary from Litton Das (5 not out) ensuring a nine-wicket victory for Bangladesh and with that the series too.

Sarkar was named as the man of the match as well as the man of the series. 

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