Bangladesh Crush Proteas on Home Turf to Register Consecutive Win in ODI Series

July 16 10:07 2015

bangladeshNew Delhi, Thursday, July 16 – Was it a dream to see Bangladesh winning their third ODI series in continuation, crushing the teams that are considered powerhouses in the field of cricket? No, it was reality! This was too amazing for the home crowd to witness the Tigers sending South Africa at the back foot soon after the match started.

Losing the match is quite hurting for the visitors after winning the toss and electing to bat first. Such a humiliating defeat wasn’t expected as South Africans looked strong having HM Amla as their skipper, KJ Abbott, F Behardien, JP Duminy, F du Plessis, Imran Tahir, Q de Kock, R McLaren, DA Miller, M Morkel, CH Morris, WD Parnell, AM Phangiso, K Rabada and RR Rossouw in the playing XI.

The opener Quinton de Kock once again failed to prove his selection in the team significant. Erratic display from his end continued, putting early pressure on the upcoming batsman. He was batting at 7 runs when Mustafizur Rahman got his wicket. Faf du Plessis was next to depart on a delivery by Shakib Al Hasan. He faced 17 balls to get unimpressive 6 runs. South African captain Hashim Amla also struggled in increasing the rate of attaining runs but sent the ball into the fences twice.

In another over of Hasan, he lost his wicket at 15 runs. Rilee Rossouw (17 runs of 27 balls; 4 x 2) did not succeed in removing the stress and threw his wicket to Mahmudullah. Interruption of rain was similar as it was during India tour of Bangladesh. It stopped play for a while another time. When the match resumed, South African players just manage to accumulate 168 runs,  losing 9 wickets in a rain-curtailed match. David Miller’s contribution of 44 runs, together with five boundaries, helped the team to think of bouncing back. But before he could have gone further, Mashrafe Mortaza earned his wicket, giving the guest a surprising jolt.

JP Duminy, held the fort this time and spent some time on the crease. However, his efforts were going in vain thanks to quick succumbing of the lower-order to Bangladeshi bowlers who are emerging as a threat for opponents. Farhaan Behardien, Kagiso Rabada, Kyle Abbott were correspondingly out at the scores of 12, 1 and 5. Duminy pocketed a fifty, inclusive of three 4s and fell short to Rubel Hossain on the final delivery. Morne Morkel was unbeaten at 1 run. With a run rate of 4.2, 168 runs were put on the scoreboard.

Since the target was not humongous, it was an easy chase for Bangladesh, especially after noticing their amazing show in the recent past. However, many experts and viewers had the faith that the guest will restrict the rivals at a low score being equipped with talented bowlers. But a terrific show of Bangladesh, who are a bundle of some skillful players, took everyone by surprise by achieving the target set by SA in 26.1 overs and that too losing 1 wicket only.

In the bilateral series, the match between South Africa and Bangladesh become one-sided when the latter started attacking hard and did not miss in making the ball to cross the boundary line. Soumya Sarkar impressed audience with his 90-run knock. Imran Tahir gave a breakthrough to Proteas but at a time when nothing was remaining in hand to save the game.

Despite the fact that the opener fell short of 10 runs to get a ton, he did his bit. Tamim Iqbal and Litton Das made Bangladesh pocket a humongous win once again and steal the show. In the jam-packed stadium of Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong, the interesting transformation of a team, which is steadily making its habit of winning during different phase, was enjoyed by everyone except a few South African supporters. Logging a win in the final blow on Wednesday was huge for Bangladesh as they lifted up the trophy of 3-match One-Day International series by winning the final one and sealing the series by 2-1.

When Bangladesh thrashed Pakistan by 3-0, it was signal that they are gaining foothold and trying to rebound in each game. Moreover, a victory on India certainly helped Pak to heave a sigh of relief. And now, it is the Men in Blue’s turn to do that as Amla’s boys will take time to digest the defeat and get ready for the Test match series which starts on July 21.