An impressive match at Kimberly indeed. It was a strong fight from both Bangladesh and South Africa. Although, the visitors lost the game presenting one of the biggest ODI victories for South Africa, Bangladesh's feat was no less. The team scored 278 runs in the match, with Musfiqur Rahim blitzing the first century against South Africa as a Bangladesh player. The target set by the visitors was the highest for them in South African soil and well as the team. The Kimberly pitch is known for its advantages to batsmen and 300 plus runs is considered as a general feat. From this aspect, however, Bangladesh still slogged.
South Africa's knock was overly bolstered. Such a heavyweight victory came for the maiden time for South Africa. It was a 10 wicket win for the team, while Bangladesh bowlers could not even break the opening partnership between Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla. The players partnered for 42.5 overs hauling the chase to the winning mark. In the stretch, de Kock scored 168 off 145 balls while Amla knocked 110 off 112 balls. Bangladesh bowlers could not stop the players from securing the victory with an overall run rate of more than 6 per over. The visitors came up as a bare attack for South Africa. De Kock was awarded Player of the Match for his century and a half century strike.
Setting apart the disappointing spells of Bangladesh bowlers, South Africa's attack was upright. Kagiso Rabada spearhead the attack taking down 3 wickets for 25 runs. The visitor team only had Dane Paterson on the edge. The debutant bowler dropped his economy to 7.66, while remaining wicketless. Still, the spells from South Africa bowlers were enough to put any partnership at bay. The longest stretch was for 69 plus runs between Mushfiqur and Mahmudullah. In the match, another feat was for Shakib Al Hasan. Al Hasan became the fastest player to reach 5000 runs and 200 wickets in ODI format.
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