Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan
- Bangladesh took advantage of the good batting conditions to score 314/7 against South Africa at the SuperSport Park in Centurion.
- Her highest ODI score in SA was underpinned by a trio of 50’s from Liton Das, Shakib Al Hasan and Yasir Ali.
- They lost the throw, but their quick hitting made SA a tough target.
A trio of contrasting 50’s of Liton Das, Shakib Al Hasan and Yasir Ali formed the backbone of Bangladesh’s 314/7 in Friday’s first ODI against South Africa at SuperSport Park in Centurion.
Facing a welcoming crowd of surprise support from Bangladesh that gave the SuperSport Park a Mirpur feel, they turned a stable start into an excellent result to earn their highest ODI score in South Africa.
Protea’s ODI skipper, Temba Bavuma, had provided the Tigers with a fairly fast-paced surface for the first time, ostensibly based on the soil’s benevolent hunting history.
Bangladesh’s start was cautious but solid as Tamim Iqbal (41) and Liton Das (50) knit together a 95-run opening wicket tally before 21.3 overs.
That was ended by Andile Phehlukwayo pinching left-handed Tamim up front, needlessly burning the captain a rating.
It was a dismissal that prompted Das into action, from where he took the toll of Keshav Maharaj’s left arm spin. Maharaj (2/56), who was favored over Tabraiz Shamsi, won this fight when he castled Das with an arm ball.
That, however, had rattled off his 50-of-66 ball and gave the visitors a reasonable platform of 104/2 in 23 overs.
It was wasted by Mushfiqur Rahim (9), who topped a fine leg sweep from Maharaj to David Miller as Bangladesh slipped to 128/3 in the 29th over.
Shakib (77), initially not in the touring group, then opened up after shaking off a leg impingement to play a bead of taps.
He increased his 50th ODI 50-of-50 balls, but the calculated beauty of his 115-run streak with Yasir (51) was in how they shifted through the gears.
The first 50 of the stand were raised in 41 balls, while the second 50 only managed 31 deliveries.
Their stance threatened to take Bangladesh well over 320, but their fun ended when they fell in quick succession.
Shakib was caught up front by Lungi Ngidi (1/75) while Yasir, whose 50 came from 43 balls, threw back an easy return catch for Kagiso Rabada (1/57).
The visitors chose fight over flight with Mahmudullah (25), Afif Hossain (17), Mehidy Hasan (19*) and Taskin Ahmed (7*) all contributing to their great score.
Results in brief:
Bangladesh: 314/7 (Shakib Al Hasan 77, Liton Das 50, Yasir Ali 50, Keshav Maharaj 2/56, Marco Jansen 2/57)
Bangladesh attack in front of ‘home’ Centurion crowd rocks Proteas
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