Rabada helps South Africa demolish Bangladesh
South Africa 164-2 (Plessis 63 no) beat
Bangladesh 160 (Shakib 48) by eight wickets
First One-Day International in Mirpur
Kagiso Rabada took a six-wicket haul on debut as South Africa thumped Bangladesh chasing down a modest 160 with eight wickets and nine overs to spare in the first One-Day International of the series, a rain-curtailed game in Mirpur.
Bangladesh won the toss and opted to bat first in a game curtailed by rain to 40 overs a side.
Soumya Sarkar (27) started with consecutive fours in the third over but it was Rabada (6-16) on debut who bowled his way into the record books.
In just his second over in an ODI game, Rabada secured a hat-trick, first castling Tamim Iqbal (0), then getting Litton Das (0) to flick one straight to mid-wicket and then trapping Mahmudullah (0) lbw with the hat-trick ball.
Bangladesh were 17 for three after four overs. Sarkar’s valiant 27-ball knock ended soon after when he chipped a regular delivery from Rabada to cover.
Shakib Al Hasan (48) and Mushfiqur Rahim (24) - not for the first time - steadied the ship by adding 53 for the fifth wicket.
However, Mushfiqur played a needless slog sweep, holing out at long-on as Bangladesh descended to 94 for five after 20 overs.
Chris Morris (2-32) plucked out Sabbir Rahman (5) a couple of overs later with a sharp delivery coming in, reducing Bangladesh to 104 for six after 23 overs.
Bangladesh seemed to be in dire straits when Shakib missed out on his half-century, trapped lbw off the bowling of Imran Tahir (1-38), and Mashrafe Mortaza (4) followed him to give Rabada his five-wicket haul.
However, a late cameo by Nasir Hossain (31) pushed Bangladesh to 160 in 36.3 overs when they were bowled out.
Rabada’s figures were the best ever for an ODI debutant and the best bowling figures overall for a South African.
South Africa handled the chase well in spite of losing Hashim Amla (14) in the sixth over as the skipper clipped one straight to fine leg off the bowling of his Bangladeshi counterpart.
South Africa reached 41 for one after 11 overs but Quinton de Kock (35) got a move on with three fours off Mortaza (1-36) in the 12th over.
Nasir (1-28) got the wicket of de Kock and Bangladesh had a glimmer of a chance when South Africa were 65 for two after 14 overs.
However, from then on, Faf du Plessis (63 not out) carried on his good form steering the chase with ease.
He brought up his 16th ODI fifty in 64 balls in the 27th over taking South Africa to 139 for two.
He added a composed, confident unbeaten 99 with Rilee Rossouw (45 not out) who made sure that South Africa didn’t lose any more wickets in their pursuit of the simple target.
South Africa eventually got to 164 in just 31.1 overs, winning by eight wickets.
For Bangladesh, Nasir was impressive with the ball and Mustafizur Rahman (0-15) was handled with extreme caution by South African batsmen.
South Africa now lead the three-match series 1-0 with Rabada taking the man-of-the-match award.
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