South Africa: 195/4 (20 overs) (De Kock 59, De Villiers 49; Mehidy 2/31, Shakib 1/28)
Bangladesh: 175/9 (20 overs) (Soumya 47, Saifuddin 39*; Phehlukwayo 2/25, Paterson 2/29)
Result: South Africa won by 20 runs
Man of the match: AB De Villiers
Bangladesh at last showed some fight in the present series against South Africa. But it was still not good enough as they fell to a 20-run defeat at the hands of the ‘Proteas’ in the first T-20 match of the series.
Skipper JP Duminy win the toss and immediately decided to bat. Bangladesh’s bowling has been awful whole series and it was exposed once again. Despite Hashim Amla being dismissed in only the 2nd over of the innings, AB De Villiers & Quinton De Kock absolutely smashed it all around the park.
South Africa were looking set for a score in excess of 200. But Bangladesh fought back thanks to pacer Rubel Hossain who removed De Kock. De Villiers perished just one short off his half century when he skied a Mehidy Hasan Miraz delivery before being caught at long off by Mahmudullah. David Miller & Farhaan Behardien chipped in with cameos, taking the score closer to 200.
In reply, Bangladesh flew out of the blocks with both openers, Imrul Kayes & Soumya Sarker firing on all cylinders. Imrul was sent back to pavilion in the 4tth over but Soumya kept going. He was unlucky to miss out on a half century when a delivery off Phehlukwayo was referred and it helped the umpire to give him out. After Soumya, other experienced players like Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah & Shabbir Rahman went out in cheao fashions. Young all-rounder Gazi Saifuddin scored 39, showing some responsibility unlike his senior teammates.
With Saifuddin & Miraz, Bangladesh ended up scoring 175 which showed they can fight against one of the best bowling attacks of recent times. Unfortunately, The Tigers fell 20 runs short with South Africa takig the lead in the 2-match series. The 2nd match will be played on this Sunday. AB De Villiers was given the man of the march series.