Bangladesh: 278/7 (50 overs) (Mushfiq 110*; Rabada 4/43)
South Africa: 282/0 (42.5 overs) (De Kock 168*)
Result: South Africa won by 10 wickets
Man of the match: Quinton De Kock
Bangladesh would have had their hopes relatively higher when they posted a total just below 300 against the mighty South Africans. With the projected score on this pitch was just 237; The Tigers, inspired by arguably their best batsman Mushfiqur Rahim’s ton, must have been dreaming of a famous win. But little did they know about what was on keeper Quinton De Kock’s mind. Bangladesh, rather than a close match, were literally brushed aside by tons from both Protea opener Hashim Amla & De Kock which propelled them to a win of 10 wickets.
Bangladesh won the toss for the third time in as many games on the tour and unlike test skipper Mushfiq, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza elected to bat first. Bangladesh were going along fine with everyone of the top order chipping in. Mushfiq had two good partnerships with Shalib Al Hasan & Mahmudullah. Shakib became the fastesr ever ODI player to reach 5000 runs & 200 wickets in just 178 matches. Despite the departures of these two, Mushfiq held up one end and eventually went on to become the first Bangladeshi batsman to score a ton in South Africa. Debutant Saifuddin’s hitting helped Bangladesh to set a target of 279.
In reply, the South Africans never really looked in any sort of danger. They just put everything that the Bangladeshi bowlers offered to bed and eventually achieve their target with 43 balls to spare. De Kock scored a memorable 168 not out eilhich earned him the MOTM & Amla scored his 26th century, being unbeaten on 110. The second match of the series will take place on Wednesday, October 18th.