South Africa: 353/6 (50 overs) (De Villiers 177, Amla 85; Rubel 4/62, Shakib 2/60)
Bangladesh: 249/10 (47.5 overs) (Kayes 68, Rahim 60; Phehlukwayo 4/40, Tahir 3/50)
Result: South Africa win by 104 runs & seal the series 2-0
Man of the match: AB De Villiers
Despite an improved showing from the first match, Bangladesh fell again at the hands of South Africa after the one & only AB De Villiers smashed a blistering 176 off just 104 balls that propelled South Africa to a score of 350+. Hashim Amla also chipped in in a half century, falling just 15 short off yer another ODI ton.
Bangladesh won the toss once again and this time, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza decided to field. After a relatively silent first 10 overs, The Proteas started to come to life. Keeper Quinton De Kock & Amla put on yet another half century stand. Bangladesh’s all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan dismissed De Kock & Faf Du Plessis in the same over, handing Bangladesh some sort of positivity. But that ray of hope didn’t last long. Once De Villiers & Amla took control, Bangladeshi bowlers were at a loss. The Tigers shot themselves in the foot when they missed two golden chances, a dropped catch & a missed run out on De Villiers. The former Protea captain, making a comeback from injury, took full advantage of the whole situation. Despite a relatively lowet number of boundaries, they kept the scoreboard ticking, therefore the bowlers couldn’t pile on the pressure. De Villers especially took liking to Mashrafe & Taskin Ahmed who both conceded 70+ in their quota of 10 overs. De Villiers scored 176 before being dismissed by Rubel, who was the only sign of optimism for Bangladeshi bowling, taking 4 for 62.
In reply, Bangladesh started well. With the score at 69 for 2 in the 11th over, out came Mushfiqur Rahim. His partnership of 93 with Kayes kept Bangladesh dreaming. But once Kayes was sent back to Pavilion, there was no coming back. Bangladesh, once again, kept on losing wickets in regular intervals. They lost their last 8 wickets for just 87 which, in a run chase of 350 plus, is simply not good enough. AB was adjudged the man of the match. The third & final ODI will be played on 22nd October in East London before the series comes to a close with two T-20s in 26tth & 29th October respectively.