About the Match
South Africa registered a comprehensive win against Bangladesh in the 1st ODI by 8 wickets, thanks to a sensational and record 6-16 by debutant KagisoRabada, to take a 1-0 series lead; the two countries will now take on each other in the 2nd ODI on 12th July at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka. Bangladesh continued to be dominated by the visitors and were restricted to just 160 runs, their lowest total this year, which they failed to defend in the end. South Africa has grown from strength to strength and will definitely come out firing from all cylinders in the upcoming match too; it needs to be seen if the hosts can bounce back to keep the series alive.
Three duck-outs in the top order and the hosts were down at 17-3 by the 4th over of the first innings; except for Shakib Al Hasan, who scored 48 off 51 balls and some contribution by Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim and Nasir Hossain, the rest of the batsmen fell easy prey to Rabada and company. They were thoroughly stifled against a sharp South African attack and couldn’t repeat the performance they had exhibited against India or Pakistan. They will need to be more confident in their approach if they want to survive the pace attack against the visitors.
On the bowling front, Mustafiur Rahman’s sharp tactics and variations in length helped them restrict the South African run-flow at the beginning of the chase; although Nasir Hossain and Mortaza picked up a wicket each, with hardly much to defend, they were left gaping at imminent defeat.
Bangladesh has the required firepower in Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, Tamim Iqbal, Rahim and others but they will need to strategize well to cope with the South African attack.
Kagiso Rabada broke records on his ODI debut by registering astounding figures of 6-16 and also becoming only the 2nd bowler to take a hat-trick on his ODI debut. With tight line and length, this young speedster demolished the opponent’s batting line-up and proved how great an asset he is to this team. Along with Chris Morris, who took 2 wickets, Tahir and Duminy, who claimed a wicket each, the South Africans stifled Bangladesh to just 160 runs.
It was an easy chase with Quinton de Kock and Amla opening the innings on a positive note; however, it was Faf du Plessis’s unbeaten 63 and RileeRossouw, who scored 45 runs, that helped them win the match with 53 balls to spare.
Rabada’s stunning performance looks very promising for the team; they have various options in pace bowling with players like MorneMorkel, Kyle Abbott and Chris Morris, who have been consistently taking wickets. The spin department has experienced players like Tahir and Duminy, who can put pressure on the Bangladeshi batsmen at will. They will be eager to go out and win the series with another commendable effort.
Bangladesh has the skills and determination to come back stronger in the second ODI; however, the South Africans with a rejuvenated look and confident approach, look better placed to win the match again