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Who would have predicted that: Kagiso Rabada 6/16 claims best-ever bowling figures on ODI debut in 2015

Kagiso Rabada
Kagiso Rabada
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In our feature series - Who would have predicted that? – we are looking back at matches where there were big upsets or extraordinary individual performances that turned matches on their head.

 

Bangladesh had been quite strong in their home conditions with victories over India and Pakistan. South Africa burst their bubble in the first match of the 2015 ODI series in a game that lasted just 67.4 overs and saw a 20-year-old debutant pick up a hat-trick and a 6-fer.

 

 
 
Match Summary

 

Bangladesh 160 (36.3 overs) - Shakib Al Hasan 48 (51), Nasir Hossain 31 (44); Kagiso Rabada 6/16 (8), Chris Morris 2/32 (6.3)

South Africa 164/2 (31.1 overs) - Faf du Plessis* 63 (75), Rilee Rossouw* 45 (53); Nasir Hossain 1/28 (7), Mashrafe Mortaza 1/36 (6)

Result - South Africa won by 8 wickets

 

South Africa were clearly not playing their best XI. Morne Morkel had not been included in the playing XI and Dale Steyn wasn't even part of the squad. Kyle Abbott, who opened the bowling for South Africa alongside debutant Kagiso Rabada, sprayed it all over the place.

Abbott's new-ball partner Rabada dismissed Tamim Iqbal after the opener played 12 dot balls. On the next delivery, Rabada angled it into the pads against Liton Das. The batsman tried to flick it away but the ball ended up in Farhaan Behardien's hands at mid-wicket.

 

 

On the next ball, which was the last delivery of only his second over in ODI cricket, Rabada bowled a quick ball into the pads on good length and Mahmudullah was left stuck on the back foot, trying to work it on the leg side and was pinged right in front of the sticks.

Rabada went on to dismiss Soumya Sarkar, Mashrafe Mortaza and Jubair Hossain to finish with figures of 8-3-16-6 - the best by a bowler on ODI debut.

 

Fall of wickets: 1-17 (Tamim Iqbal, 3.4 ov), 2-17 (Liton Das, 3.5 ov), 3-17 (Mahmudullah, 3.6 ov), 4-40 (Soumya Sarkar, 7.2 ov), 5-93 (Mushfiqur Rahim, 19.5 ov), 6-104 (Sabbir Rahman, 22.6 ov), 7-120 (Shakib Al Hasan, 25.1 ov), 8-133 (Mashrafe Mortaza, 28.5 ov), 9-140 (Jubair Hossain, 30.5 ov), 10-160 (Nasir Hossain, 36.3 ov)

 

South Africa chased down the 161-run target in 32 overs on the back of an unbeaten 63 from Faf du Plessis and 45* from Rilee Rossouw to win by 8 wickets.

With 6/16, Rabada broke the record of Alan Donald's 5/29 to bag the best figures on ODI debut for South Africa as well.

 

Fall of wickets: 1-22 (Hashim Amla, 5.3 ov), 2-65 (Quinton de Kock, 13.1 ov)

 

Teams

 

Bangladesh - Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Mahmudullah, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Shakib Al Hasan, Sabbir Rahman, Nasir Hossain, Liton Das, Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Jubair Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman 

South Africa - Hashim Amla (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Faf du Plessis, Rilee Rossouw, Jean-Paul Duminy, David Miller, Farhaan Behardien, Chris Morris, Kyle Abbott, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir

 

Match Details

 

Match: BAN v RSA, 1st ODI, South Africa tour of Bangladesh, 2015 

Date: Friday, July 10, 2015 

Toss: Bangladesh won the toss and decided to bat 

Venue: Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka 

Umpires: Michael Gough, Sharfuddoula 

Third Umpire: Richard Illingworth 

Match Referee: David Boon 

 

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