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South Africa too good for Bangladesh on sluggish track

Faf du Plessis (72 no) and Jean-Paul Duminy (2-11) played pivotal roles in South Africa's victory over Bangladesh in Mirpur.
Faf du Plessis (72 no) and Jean-Paul Duminy (2-11) played pivotal roles in South Africa's victory over Bangladesh in Mirpur.
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South Africa 148-4 (du Plessis 79 no) beat 
Bangladesh 96 (Hasan 26) by 52 runs
First Twenty20 International, Mirpur

Faf du Plessis, the South African skipper, led from the front as South Africa tamed Bangladesh on a sluggish turning track, winning by 52 runs in the first Twenty20 International in Mirpur.

South Africa won the toss and opted to bat first.

AB de Villiers (2) opened for them, but couldn’t last long as Arafat Sunny (2-19) got him with a length delivery that was carved straight to point. Nasir Hossain (1-37) went for 15 runs in the fourth over including a six and four, but got Quinton de Kock (12), who slashed a slower delivery to cover point.

South Africa was reduced to 31 for two after four overs. JP Duminy (18) and du Plessis (79 not out) consolidated the innings, taking South Africa to 70 for two after 10 overs.

However, Sunny came back to pick up Duminy’s wicket, as Nasir took an excellent catch at deep mid-wicket. The same over, du Plessis brought up his half-century in just 35 balls.

David Miller (1) fell a couple of overs later trapped LBW by Shakib Al Hasan (1-24) with South Africa just reaching 96 for four after 14 overs. Rilee Rossouw (31 not out) gave the innings some impetus with a six and a four off Nasir in the 18th over.

South Africa never managed to get the big overs because of the slow nature of the pitch. They managed 148 for four in their 20 overs.

Shakib was the pick of the bowlers and Mustafizur Rahman (0-30) couldn’t manage to pick up any wickets.

Bangladesh’s chase was derailed from the very start. Tamim Iqbal (5) slashed a four over the slips in the first over from Kyle Abbott (1-10) but nicked the last ball down the leg-side to the wicket-keeper.

Soumya Sarkar (7) survived twice in two balls in the second over, but eventually mistimed a pull straight to deep square leg.

Bangladesh were reduced to 13 for two in the second over. Shakib (26) and Mushfiqur Rahim (17) added 37 for the third wicket in six overs stabilizing Bangladesh and getting them back into the chase.

Mushfiqur though, threw his wicket away, attempting a slog off Duminy (2-11) and managing to hit it straight to deep square leg. From then on, it was a procession as Bangladesh never really got a partnership going and went from 50 for two to 57 for five in the space of 14 balls.

Both Sabbir Rahman (4) and Nasir (1) fell cheaply playing reckless shots. Sabbir tried a reverse sweep and could only glove it, taken beautifully by de Kock behind the stumps while Nasir smacked a half-volley straight to short cover.

Shakib’s soft dismissal came with him chipping the ball straight to short fine leg. Litton Das (22) was impressive on debut and with Mashrafe Mortaza (5) managed to get 13 runs in four balls off Kagiso Rabada (2-28) before Mortaza holed out in the deep.

The fight finished meekly with Bangladesh registering their lowest T20 total at home, all out for 96 and losing by 52 runs. For South Africa, most bowlers had a good day with David Wiese (2-12) carrying on his IPL form and Duminy bowling a brilliant spell.

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