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De Kock, Amla slam centuries power South Africa to 10-wicket win

Quinton de Kock (left) and Hashim Amla (right) were ruthless in the first ODI against Bangladesh
Quinton de Kock (left) and Hashim Amla (right) were ruthless in the first ODI against Bangladesh
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South Africa 282-0 (de Kock 168no) beat
Bangladesh 278-7 (Rahim 110no) by 10 wickets
First One-Day International in Kimberley
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Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla scored unbeaten knocks of 168 and 110 respectively as South Africa chased down 279 runs against Bangladesh with 10 wickets in hand in the 43rd over in the first One-Day International in Kimberley.

De Kock (168 not out) started the second innings with a boundary off the first delivery to set the tone for the remainder of the innings. With three boundaries in the ninth over, his opening partner Amla (110 not out) brought the 50 run stand and the Proteas ended the first powerplay at 61 for naught.

The boundaries kept flowing and with two more fours in the 16th over, de Kock brought his 15th ODI fifty and also the 100 run opening stand with Amla, who reached his milestone an over later. At the halfway mar, South Africa were 148 for naught.

The Bangladesh bowlers looked absolutely clueless against the South African openers as with a six and a four, de Kock slammed yet another century in ODIs and he even stepped up the gear further with hat-trick of boundaries in the 37th over.

Amla soon became the fastest batsman to reach to 26th century as South Africa completed the chase in 42.5 overs with all 10 wickets in hand.

Earlier, Bangladesh won the toss and decided to bat first. Imrul Kayes (31) and Liton Das (21) provided a solid opening stand of 43 runs off 53 deliveries but both the batsmen fell by the 14th over.

Even though Shakib Al Hasan (29) and Mahmudullah (26) got starts, it was Mushfiqur Rahim (110 not out) who was the centre force in the innings that helped Bangladesh post 278 for seven in the 50 overs. Kagiso Rabada (4-43) was the pick of the South African bowlers with a four wicket haul.

De Kock was awarded the player of the match for his unbeaten 168 run knock.

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