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South Africa overpower Bangladesh to claim ODI series 3-0

Faf du Plessis led from the front for South Africa in the third ODI
Faf du Plessis led from the front for South Africa in the third ODI

South Africa 369-6 (du Plessis 91) beat
Bangladesh 169 (Shakib 63) by 200 runs
Third One-Day International in Buffalo Park

South Africa came up with a complete all-round performance to complete a massive 200-run victory over Bangladesh in the third and final One-Day International at Buffalo Park in East London to take the series 3-0.

South Africa won the toss and opted to bat first. Quinton de Kock (73) set the tone for the innings with three boundaries in the second over while his opening partner Temba Bavuma (48) was also going strong. The duo looked in good form as the Proteas raced to 69 for naught at the end of the first powerplay.

De Kock completed yet another half-century, taking 47 deliveries to reach there and Bangladesh finally managed to find a breakthrough when Mehedi Hasan (2-59) had Bavuma caught behind. By the end of 20 overs, the Proteas were looking strong at 132 for one.

Just as the Proteas were running away with the game, Mehedi struck once again when he had de Kock caught behind that slowed things fractionally for the home side. Faf du Plessis (91 retired hurt) soon decided to up the ante with a boundary and a six while Aiden Markram (66) too joined the onslaught.

The South African captain completed his 29th half-century and in the next over Markram reached his maiden fifty. With three boundaries in the 36th over, du Plessis and Markram completed a 100-run partnership.

Du Plessis suffered a setback when he walked off the field eight runs short off a century with a lower back strain but useful knocks from Farhaan Behardien (33 not out) and Kagiso Rabada (23 not out) helped Proteas post 369 for six in the 50 overs.

Bangladesh struggled to cope up with the new ball of the South African attack as Imrul Kayes (1), Soumya Sarkar (8), Liton Das (6), Mushfiqur Rahim (8) and Mahmudullah (2) fell cheaply and were reduced to 61 for five.

Shakib Al Hasan (63) and Sabbir Rahman (39) provided some consolation but they never looked in during the chase and were dismissed for 169 in 40.4 overs.

Dane Paterson (3-44), Imran Tahir (2-27) and Markram (2-18) were the major wicket-takers for South Africa. Du Plessis bagged the player of the match while de Kock was named man of the series.

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