About the Match
South Africa continued to dominate Bangladesh as they registered a 20-run victory over the visitors thanks to an all-round effort by batsmen and bowlers. The two teams will now take on each other in the 2nd and final T20 of the series, when they meet at Potchefstroom on 29th October. Bangladesh batsmen failed to chase down 196 runs after a top-order collapse early on, and they will be eager to bounce back with a better performance on Sunday. The hosts on the other hand, did well even with an inexperienced team and are buoyant to continue with their momentum in this final clash.
Batting first, the Proteas made good use of their T20 experts as Quinton de Kock posted a brilliant 59 off 44 to set a solid foundation. AB de Villiers also shone with the bat as he scored 49 runs from just 27 deliveries, missing out on a half-century as he was caught off a quickie from Mehidy Hasan. David Miller and Farhaan Behardien kept the scoreboard ticking as they set 25 and 36 runs respectively and took the total to 195.
The speedsters came back strongly as Beuran Hendricks, Andile Phehlukwayo, Robbie Frylinck and Dane Paterson took 2 wickets each to stifle the opponents and win the match by 20 runs. Spinner Aaron Phangiso also provided a breakthrough while Phehlukwayo was the most economical of the lot. They put up an all-round show to win the match despite several key players missing out.
With victory in the first match, South Africa’s morale is boosted and are likely to come out with all guns blazing in the upcoming game too.
Shakib Al Hasan failed to lead from the front in their chase for 196 runs, and others like Imrul Kayes, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah also provided no impetus to the innings. Soumya Sarkar put up a lone fight with a well-made 47 off 31 while Sabbir Rahman contributed with 19 runs. Young all-rounder Mohammad Saifuddin posted a heroic 39 off 27 balls; however, it wasn’t enough to save the visitors from yet another humiliating defeat.
Earlier, fast-bowler Mehidy Hasan Miraz put up a good show with the ball as he claimed 2-31; Shakib Al Hasan and pacer Rubel Hossain also provided one breakthrough each but the others couldn’t impress. They failed to contain Quinton and company, and players like Taskin Ahmed and Shafiul Islam leaked away too many easy runs leading to a gigantic score set by the hosts.
The senior batsmen haven’t done well so far, and it’s time for them to pull up their socks here. The bowling unit has talented resources but they would need to strategize better against the in-form youngsters in the opposition.
Having won the first T20, South Africa not only has the psychological advantage but are in better form with bat and ball to continue their winning spree.
Although the match could go down to the wire, we feel that the hosts are likely to be the winning team once again.