About the Match
South Africa sealed a 52-run victory against an upbeat Bangladesh team in the first T20 match of the series to take a 1-0 lead on Sunday; they will now meet again for the 2nd T20 match at Dhaka on 7th July. Choosing to bat first, South Africa posted 148 runs on board for the loss of 4 wickets, which Bangladesh was unable to achieve getting all-out for merely 96 runs by the 19th over. The visitors have adjusted well to the conditions and will try to keep their winning momentum going whereas Bangladesh will try to level the T20 series with a win in the upcoming match on Tuesday.
Opening the innings, AB de Villiers and Quinton de Kock couldn’t build the foundation unlike as expected and they got out to the spin bowling attack; down the order, however, Faf du Plessis kept the scoreboard ticking and posted an unbeaten 79 off 61 to provide the required impetus with the bat. Along with Duminy and Rossouw, who scored a good 31 runs, Plessis took the team to a well-made 148 runs.
With the ball, Rabada, Wiese and Duminy found success by cliaing two wickets each while Kyle Abbott, Phangiso and Parnell took a wicket each to demolish the opponents. Their combination of pace and spin seems to be working here and they will try to repeat their performance yet again here.
The team has been a consistent side in all formats of the game and with a good record in T20 matches, South Africa is definitely a formidable unit to reckon with. They need to be cautious against the Bangladeshi spinners, who will definitely pull out some tricks in the upcoming match to build the pressure on the Proteans.
Mustafizur Rahman’s magic didn’t work against the Proteans unlike against India or Pakistan and ended the innings with no wickets to his name; although Arafat Sunny picked up 2 wickets and Nasir Hossain along with Shakib Al Hasan claimed a wicket each, the bowlers couldn’t contain Faf du Plessis who seemed to have familiarised himself with the ground conditions right from the word go. They will have to come up with new strategies against the South African batting line-up to restrict them to low totals.
With the bat too, players like Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar and others down the line failed to impress and lost wickets very quickly during the chase for 149 runs. Although Shakib and Musfiqur Rahim tried to fight out the challenge, they fell easy prey to Wiese and Duminy. The other players too lacked in application and succumbed to the pressure they built upon themselves.
Overall, the team must draw strengths from its recent victories and adapt quickly to overcome the Protean challenge; they do have the firepower and talent to bounce back with players like Rahman, Mortaza and Sohag Gazi, who can step up to take wickets and earn a much-needed victory here.
The hosts have suffered disappointment right at the start of the series and will now try to fight back for redemption; although it could be a close contest, we feel that the Proteas not allow hosts to bounce back and seal the series with a win here