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Bangladesh thrash South Africa in one-sided game

Soumya Sarkar plays a shot
Soumya Sarkar scored an unbeaten 88 as Bangladesh demolished South Africa by seven wickets in Mirpur.
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Bangladesh 167-3 (Sarkar 88no) beat
South Africa 162 (du Plessis 41) by seven wickets
Second One-Day International, Mirpur

Soumya Sarkar guided Bangladesh to a sensational win as they thrashed South Africa in the second One-Day International in Mirpur by seven wickets with 134 balls to spare, to level the series.

South Africa won the toss and opted to bat first. Bangladesh drew first blood on a tough pitch when Mustafizur Rahman (3-38) got Quinton de Kock (2) with a back-of-a-length delivery that reared up and was meekly popped to backward point.

Hashim Amla (22) and Faf du Plessis (41) were cautious, taking South Africa to 38 for one after 10 overs.

But Rubel Hossain (2-34) got a back-of-a-length snorting delivery to uproot Amla’s off stump.

South Africa were in further trouble at 59 for three after 18.1 overs when Nasir Hossain (3-26) ended Rilee Rossouw’s (4) torturous 24-ball knock by rattling his off stump.

South Africa were delivered another blow by Mahmudullah (1-13) who got David Miller (9) to mishit a flick straight to short mid-wicket, having been done in by the pace on the ball after stepping out to the bowler.

Du Plessis survived a review off Mahmudullah’s bowling but lost his hard-fought 64-ball battle when he holed out to deep mid-wicket.

South Africa went to 95 for five after 30 overs and could have lost another when Farhaan Behardien (36) was given out lbw, only for the decision to be overturned by DRS.

Mustafizur came back into the attack to claim the wicket of JP Duminy (13) who was done in by the now-famous Mustafizur off-cutters.

Behardien was running out of partners as Chris Morris (12) was trapped lbw by Rubel and South Africa were reduced to 116 for seven after 36 overs.

However, the last three wickets came in handy and added 52 runs in 11 overs as South Africa pushed their score to 162 all out after 46 overs.

It was a wonderful bowling display from the entire unit including the skipper Mashrafe Mortaza (1-17).

Kagiso Rabada (2-45) continued his form picking up Tamim Iqbal’s (5) wicket with his very first ball in the second over.

Litton Das (17) struck a couple of lusty blows before being knocked over by Rabada with a full delivery.
Bangladesh were reduced to 24 for two at that point after four overs.

However, Mahmudullah (50), back in the team after injury, showed his calm head to add 135 for the third wicket with Sarkar (88 not out) who was blazing away at the other end.

Bangladesh raced away to 57 for two after 10 overs, thanks to Sarkar. He attacked Morris (0-29) with three successive fours in the 13th over to take Bangladesh to 82 for two.

Sarkar showed no signs of slowing down, hammering Duminy (0-20) for two fours in the 17th over before bringing up his fifty in just 47 balls with a couple of runs.

The 11-run over also took Bangladesh over 100 as they reached 106 for two after 17 overs.

Bangladesh reached 125 for two after 22 overs with Sarkar and Mahmudullah registering a century third-wicket partnership.

They raced away towards the winning line with a flurry of fours. Mahmudullah brought up his own watchful fifty in 63 balls with a four off Kyle Abbott (1-22).

He was out the next ball flicking one to short mid-wicket, at the doorstep of victory. Sarkar finished off the game blasting a six off Imran Tahir (0-40).

Bangladesh won the game by seven wickets having reached 167 for three in just 27.4 overs. South Africa were thoroughly outplayed with bat and ball.

Bangladesh have now levelled the series 1-1 with a game to go and the win has also ensured Champions Trophy qualification for Bangladesh.

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