South Africa: 369/6 (50 overs) (Du Plessis 91, De Kock 73; Mehidy 2/59, Taskin 2/66)
Bangladesh: 169/10 (40.4 overs) (Shakib 63, Shabbir 39; Paterson 3/44, Markram 2/18)
Result: South Africa win by 200 runs & take the series 3-0.
Man of the match: Faf Du Plessis
Man of the series: Quinton De Kock
It was a case of ‘when’ and not ‘if’ whether South Africa will white wash Bangladesh in the ODI series given the contrasting forms of the two sides. And indeed the inevitable has happened with South Africa again posting a mammoth total and the visitors crumbling down to a very small score with the hosts taking a huge win home. South Africa has thrashed Bangladesh by 200 runs in the 3rd ODI and thus takes the series 3-0.
After winning the toss for the first time in the series, Protea skipper Faf Du Plessis didn’t hesitate to bat and his openers proved his decision correct. Despite the absence of Amla, there was yet another century partnership at the top when Temba Bavuma & Quinton De Kock put on a 119-run stand before the right hander was dismissed by young spinner Mehidy Hasan Miraz. Within the space of 4 overs, Miraz removed both openers with De Kock falling victim to his flight and getting caught by the bowler himself. But once debutant Aiden Markram and skipper Du Plessis settled in, Bangladeshi bowlers were completely at a loss. They shared a partnership of 157 runs before Markaram was run out by a fabulous throw by Imrul Kayes. In between this, Du Plessis was lucky when Bangldesh didn’t review a caught behind decision when the reply showed the ball clearly hit the bat. But Du Plessis was eventually retired hurt when he injured his back while running. The pain was too much to take for the skipper as David Miller had to piggyback him out of the field. De Villiers came in but couldn’t showcase the form of the last ODI before falling to Rubel Hossain’s delivery. Late cameos by Kagiso Rabada & Farhan Behardien took the score above 350.
In reply, it all started badly for Bangldesh when Kayes was removed for just 1 during only the 2nd over of the match. 2 overs later, it was the turn of Liton Das to head to the Pavilion. Opener Soumya Sarker departed the very next over. With Bangladesh staring down another embarrassing defeat with 20 for 3, the ever dependable Mushfiqur Rahim took charge with all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan. But even Mushfiq couldn’t last long and was dismissed by a delivery off Phehlukwayo. Mahumdullah followed suit. Shakib & Shabbir Rahman provided some resistance with a partnership of 67 runs but the all-rounder was also sent back by Markram, who took two wickets for just 18 runs. After Shabbir went out for 39, the tail was removed Imran Tahir & Dane Paterson, the latter taking 3 wickets. Du Plessis was given the man of the match award with De Kock bagging the man of the series.