Bangladesh, who had claimed a historic victory in the first ODI against the Proteas, were ultimately no match for the Proteas over the weekend as South Africa claimed a seven-wicket win in the ‘Pink ODI’ on Sunday.
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The Proteas dominated from the get-go, with Bangladesh reduced to 34-5 early on as the South African fast bowlers – led by Kagiso Rabada – made important inroads.
Although Bangladesh did show some real fighting spirit, with Afif Hossain scoring an impressive 72, Rabada’s final figures of 5-39 proved to be the highlight of a largely dominant bowling performance.
The Proteas had to do without the full quota of overs from Wayne Parnell, who sustained a left hamstring strain early on in the game, with Temba Bavuma having to fill in with some medium pace bowling.
Bavuma, who is known as a batsman, bowled 6.1 overs and only conceded 22 runs in what was an impressive “ambulance” job.
“He does bowl sometimes in the nets,” Rabada commented after the game. “Especially when we’re preparing to play Test cricket. He stopped doing that because he realises how tough it is. The next morning he’s got aches and pains and seems to complain about it.
“I actually haven’t seen him bowl so many overs in a match situation. Temba’s actually a surprisingly decent bowler. I don’t think many teams would expect him to bowl as well as he does.
“He did a stellar job.”
Parnell’s rehabilitation programme will be managed by Western Province, while Ryan Rickelton has been released to the Central Gauteng Lions to play in the One-Day Cup before he joins the Proteas Test squad over the weekend.
Looking back at the second ODI, with the visitors finishing on 194-9, Quinton de Kock got the Proteas off to flyer, scoring 62 off just 41 balls in a stunning innings that included two sixes and nine boundaries.
It laid the foundation for victory, while a well-played half-century from Kyle Verreynne carried South Africa to a comfortable bounce-back win that draws the three-match series 1-1.
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The final Proteas-Bangladesh ODI will be played next Wednesday
TEAMS FROM THE SECOND GAME
Quinton de Kock (wkt), Janneman Malan, Temba Bavuma (captain), Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi
Tamim Iqbal (captain), Litton Das, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (wkt), Yasir Ali, Mahmudullah, Afif Hossain, Mehidy Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Shoriful Islam, Mustafizur Rahman