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South Africa pummel Bangladesh yet again

South Africa pummel Bangladesh yet again
Aaron Phangiso (right) registered figures of 3-30 as South Africa defeated Bangladesh by 31 runs in the second T20I in Mirpur.
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South Africa 169-4 (de Kock 44) beat
Bangladesh 138 (Sarkar 37) by 31 runs
Second Twenty20 International, Mirpur

A good toss and an excellent batting display saw South Africa win the second Twenty20 International against Bangladesh by 31 runs in Mirpur and claim the series 2-0.

South Africa won the toss and opted to bat first. AB de Villiers (40) began well with two fours off the very first over from Arafat Sunny (1-31).

Quinton de Kock (44) joined in the act soon as South Africa managed 51 for no loss in the first six power-play overs.

While de Villiers looked in sublime touch, de Kock managed to hit the skipper Mashrafe Mortaza (0-25) for a four and six to take South Africa to 95 for no loss after 10 overs. 

Bangladesh pulled things back by getting de Kock in the 11th over, a victim of Sunny.

Nasir Hossain (2-26) picked up the wickets of JP Duminy (6) and de Villiers in consecutive deliveries even though the latter was unhappy with the caught-behind decision.

South Africa reached 104 for three after 12 overs. Faf du Plessis (16) couldn’t really get going.

However, David Miller (30 not out) and Rilee Rossouw (19 not out) hammered some massive shots including two sixes off Shakib Al Hasan (0-37) in a 19-run 19th over to take South Africa to 169 for four after 20 overs, managing 43 in their last five overs and 74 in the last 10.

For Bangladesh, Nasir was the pick of the bowlers bringing Bangladesh back into the game.

Soumya Sarkar (37) started well for Bangladesh, even though Tamim Iqbal (13) struggled.
Sarkar hit five fours in the first four overs to take Bangladesh to 32 for no loss.

However, Wayne Parnell (1-29) took out Tamim and Sarkar hit a six the next ball for Bangladesh to reach 52 for one after six overs.

Eddie Leie (3-16) recorded the best figures for a South African in a T20I on debut starting with the big wicket of Sarkar, ending his 21-ball knock, with a smart piece of bowling that saw the left-hander stumped way out of the crease.

Shakib (8) was unable to accelerate and was out thanks to an excellently judged, calm catch by Rossouw, who leapt up at the boundary at long-on to grab the opportunity.

Leie virtually ended the resistance the next over, coming back from being hit for a six to pick wickets in successive deliveries including that of Mushfiqur Rahim (19).

Bangladesh were reduced to 82 for five after 12 overs. Aaron Phangiso (3-30) complemented Leie well and Bangladesh never really recovered from that double-wicket blow.

There were some lusty, lower-order hits but Kyle Abbott (3-20) cleaned up the tail with accurate yorkers and Bangladesh were dismissed for 138 losing the game by 31 runs.

Leie was the man of the match and du Plessis was the man of the series.

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