South Africa defeated Bangladesh in a must-win second ODI game at the Wanderers in Johannesburg on Sunday to level the series 1-1 with a match to go. They won the game by 7 wickets.
Bangladesh had certainly lost the match in the first 12.4 overs only when half of their team was in the dugout with just 34 runs on the board after their skipper Tamim Iqbal decided to bat first on the uneven surface at The Wanderers Stadium. Afif Hossain's 72 gave the visitors some life, but a paltry target of 195 was never really going to bother a superb batting line-up of South Africa. Kagiso Rabada was the standout bowler with figures of 5/39. In the chase, Quinton de Kock scored 62 off 41 balls to kill Bangladesh's hopes while Kyle Verreynne hit unbeaten 58 to help South Africa reach home and level the series after Centurion defeat. Follow highlights of South Africa vs Bangladesh 2nd ODI.
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09:00 PM IST: Captains Speak
“I thought the wicket was not what we expected - you can have pace and bounce, that's a different case but uneven that's very hard to describe. Not taking anything away, we should have applied ourselves a little better,” said losing skipper Tamim Iqbal after the match.
Meanwhile, Temba Bavuma gave an update on the status of his finger injury he suffered during the second ODI. “I have to go for a scan, tomorrow I think and we will see what comes out on the scan but it's a bit sore at the moment.”
Talking about the chase, Bavuma said: “Fantastic from Quinny, we spoke about it being tricky with the new ball, we will take whatever positives and we will take the confidence from today.”
08:54 PM IST: Kagiso Rabada - Player Of The Match
"There are different game plans for each segments of the innings, the ball was gripping so our seamers used the change of pace to get grip and bounce. Not all batters are same, so there was no point pitching the ball in the same areas," said Rabada after the win over Bangladesh on Sunday.
08:08 PM IST: South Africa Win
South Africa have won the second ODI by 7 wickets. They level the series 1-1.
07:55 PM IST: Fifty For Verreynne
Kyle Verreynne races to his fourth ODI fifty. He has been impressive today. The scoreboard pressure was never there and he made sure he took the most out of the opportunity.
SA 181/3 (33)
07:51 PM IST: Anti-climax For Bavuma
Temba Bavuma (37 off 52) has lost his wicket. He tried to play a lofted sweep and got caught at deep square leg. South Africa need 19 more to win.
SA 176/3 (32.1)
07:46 PM IST: South Africa Need 22 Runs More To Win
Only formalities remain in the game. It's just a matter of time for South to level the series 1-1. They need just 22 more off 120 balls.
RSA 173/2 (30)
07:28 PM IST: South Africa Close To Victory
South Africa need just 44 runs off 150 balls. This looks like a cakewalk for them.
SA 151/2 (25)
07:17 PM IST: Kyle Verreynne Is Looking Dangerous
0 0 4 0 6 6 - 16 runs came off the last over that was bowled was Taskin Ahmed, courtesy Kyle Verreynne who dictated terms in the over.
SA 136/2 (22)
07:10 PM IST: South Africa Need 79 Off 180
South Africa are cruising towards the total. They need even less than 3 runs per over from here on.
SA 116/2 (20)
06:50 PM IST: De Kock Is Out
De Kock tried to hit an over-pitched ball from Shakib Al Hasan for a six over deep mid-wicket but Afif Hossain did really well to hang on to the catch. He first caught the ball running to his left then threw it and went ouside boundary line before coming in and grabbing it again.
De Kock departs after a well-made 62 off just 41 balls, an innings laced with 9 fours and 2 sixes.
SA 94/2 (15.2)
06:39 PM IST: Wicket
Mehidy Hasan has cleaned up Janneman Malan (26 off 40) as the latter fails to connect to a paddle sweep.
RSA 86/1 (12.3)
06:27 PM IST: South Africa Off To A Flyer
South Africa have scored 72 runs without losing any wicket in the first powerplay. De Kock has been the star in the innings, scoring 51 not out off 29 balls. He is looking in sensational touch today and is making mockery of Bangladesh's bowling.
SA 72/0 (10)
06:20 PM IST: Fifty For De Kock
De Kock completes his 28th ODI fifty off just 26 balls. The innings is laced with 8 fours and 3 sixes.
RSA 69/0 (8.3)
06:07 PM IST: Solid Start For South Africa
Both the South African openers de Kock and Janneman are looking solid at the crease. De Kock is playing his shots freely. He is striking at a rate of over 140.
SA 30/0 (5)
05:53 PM IST: SA 5/0 (2)
Three runs came off the over from Taskin.
05:49 PM IST: Horrible Review
Taskin Ahmed struck the pad of Quinton de Kock from over the wicket but the ball was clearly missing the stumps. Tamim Iqbal decided to take the review and to no surprise the ball was not only missing the stumps by a fair margin, but the pitch was also well outside the leg stump of de Kock. Bangladesh lose a review.
RSA 3/0 (1.2)
05:41 PM IST: South Africa Begin Chase
Quinton de Kock and Janneman Malan start for South Africa. Janneman takes the strike. Shoriful Islam bowls the first over.
2 runs came off it.
SA 2/0 (1)
05:28 PM IST: Innings Break
South African pacers wreaked havoc at the start of the game, courtesy the uneven bounce on the pitch and the lack of discipline from the Bangladesh batters. It were the two partnerships - the first one of 60 runs between Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah for the sixth wicket and the second one of 86 runs between Afif Hossain and Mehidy Hasan - that have kept Bangladesh in the game despite Kagiso Rabada's 5/39.
We will be back in a while for the second innings.
05:11 PM IST: Bangladesh Post 194/9 In 50 Overs
Bangladesh have something to fight on the board now. However, they could have got more had Rabada not struck twice in his last over to send both the set batters Afif and Mehidy back to the hut. Nonetheless, the visitors would still be happy with the score considering they were 34/5 at one stage in the game.
05:05 PM IST: Bangladesh Nine Down
Shoriful Islam is out and Rassie van der Dussen is the bowler who dismissed him. It's also the first international wicket for the South African batting star.
BAN 188/9 (48.2)
04:52 PM IST: Rabada Strikes Again
Mehidy Hasan (38 off 49) goes back to hut now and it's a fifer for Rabada. He finishes his quota of 10 overs with figures of 5/39.
BAN 181/8 (45.5)
04:48 PM IST: Wicket
South Africa strike and this time they get the big wicket of Afif (72 off 107). This was not a good time to lose a wicket for Bangladesh.
Kagiso Rabada bowled an off cutter to Afif who failed to connect to the ball from the meat of his bat and lost his wicket after getting caught out.
BAN 180/7 (45.3)
04:45 PM IST: Afif, Mehidy Capitalize
Afif and Mehidy have added 86 runs for the seventh wicket so far. This partnership is going really great. 5 more overs left in the game.
BAN 180/6 (45)
04:25 PM IST: 10 Overs Left
Just ten overs are remaining in the game and Bangladesh will eye to cross at least 200 runs first. A score of 210-220 looks possible now. Afif (57 not out off 89) will be the key.
BAN 146/6 (40)
04:12 PM IST: Fifty For Afif
Afif Hossain has raced to his second ODI fifty. He has been extremely positive today despite the pitch being a nightmare for the batsmen. He will look to capitalize his knock and take Bangladesh to a respected total.
BAN 133/6 (36.1)
04:07 PM IST: Bangladesh Fight Back
Bangladesh have played better game in the past one hour or so. The partnership between Afif and Mehidy is of 32 runs now. The two will aim to take Bangladesh somewhere around 220 as it would give their bowlers something to fight.
BAN 126/6 (35)
03:48 PM IST: Afif Going Good
Afif Hossain is batting on 40 off 57 balls. Mehidy Hasan accompanies him with a 9-ball 6-run innings.
BAN 109/6 (31)
03:37 PM IST: Wicket
Mahmudullah departs after scoring 25 runs off 44 balls. Tabraiz Shamsi claims the wicket.
Shamsi set the trap beautifully by keeping Janneman Malan at leg slip and Mahmudullah edged the ball on the hands of the fielder.
BAN 94/6 (27.1)
03:30 PM IST: 50-Run Partnership
Both Mahmudullah and Afif Hossain have added unbeaten 51 runs for the sixth wicket so far. While Mahmudullah is batting on 22, his partner is unbeaten on 25.
BAN 85/5 (25)
03:04 PM IST: 50 Up For Bangladesh
Bangladesh have crossed the 50-run mark. They crossed it on the final ball of the 17th over, while the following over saw four runs coming off it.
BAN 56/5 (18)
02:51 PM IST: Parnell Injured
Wayne Parnell seems to have developed a hamstring on his left leg. He lying on the ground for some treatment, we have a short stoppage in play.
Oh, that's a bad news. Parnell walks out of the ground, Temba Bavuma will complete his over.
BAN 47/5 (14.5)
02:35 PM IST: Bangladesh Five Down
Mushfiqur Rahim (11 off 31) also loses his wicket as Wayne Parnell catches him plumb in front of the stumps. This time it is the lack of bounce that helps South Africa get a wicket.
This pitch at Wanderers is a demon. It has already come under scrutiny for its uneven bounce before as well and today's match might inivite some more critics. No wonder if the ICC also joins the list.
Mahmudullah comes to bat next.
BAN 34/5 (12.4)
02:32 PM IST: Another Wicket
Another Bangladesh batter bites the dust. Yasir Ali departs after scoring 2 runs off 14 balls. Kagiso Rabada gets his wicket.
BAN 34/4 (12)
02:23 PM IST: Bangladesh Under Pressure
The first powerplay ends with the scorecard reading 30/3. Bangladesh are under serious pressure. A lot of responsibilies are now on the shoulders of experienced batter Mushfiqur Rahim (8 not out) and Yasir Ali (1 not out).
Meanwhile, the balls on the pitch have not only bounced extra bit, but also stayed low when hit the cracks. It's not a batting favourable surface for sure.
BAN 30/3 (10)
02:10 PM IST: Bangladesh Lose Third Wicket
Liton Das (15 off 21) is out. He got a short ball angled into the body from Rabada and edged it to Quinton de Kock as he failed to pull out his bat properly from the line of the ball. Needless to say, Bangladesh are in deep-deep trouble.
BAN 23/3 (7.1)
02:04 PM IST: Injury Scare
Lungi Ngidi is having some trouble on his right leg, below the knee region. He may have hurt himself trying to save a boundary on the second ball of the 6th over. The physio has given his some spray in the injured area, let's hope all is well.
BAN 15/2 (6)
01:52 PM IST: Another Wicket
Big-big wicket this is for South Africa. Shakib Al Hasan departs for a golden duck and once again it is the bounce of the pitch that does the trick.
Shakib tried to play the ball down to the leg side but got a leading edge. Meanwhile, Kyle Verreynne did really well to hold on to the catch.
BAN 8/2 (3.3)
01:44 PM IST: Wicket
Tamim Iqbal walks back to the dugout after his short stint of 4 balls for one run at the crease. Ngidi claims the wicket. The delivery was a bit short but it was the extra bounce that surprised Tamim who handed a catch to Keshav Maharaj at backward point.
Shakib Al Hasan comes out to bat.
BAN 7/1 (2.2)
01:39 PM IST: 3 Came Off It
Just three runs came off the first over from Ngidi.
Kagiso Rabada will bowl from the other end.
BAN 3/0 (1)
01:32 PM IST: It's Game Time
The match at The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg kicks off. Tamim Iqbal takes the strike and Liton Das is his partner. Lungi Ngidi has the new ball in hand. Here we go!
01:25 PM IST: Playing XIs
South Africa: Janneman Malan, Quinton de Kock(w), Temba Bavuma(c), Kyle Verreynne, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Wayne Parnell, Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi
Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal(c), Liton Das, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim(w), Yasir Ali, Mahmudullah, Afif Hossain, Mehidy Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Shoriful Islam, Mustafizur Rahman
01:06 PM IST: Bangladesh Bat First
Bangladesh have won the toss and opted to bat first.
So the visitors will be batting once again in the series. They are high on confidence and must be looking to repeat their batting performance from the first ODI that took place in Centurion.
01:02 PM IST: Welcome Guys
Hello and welcome to the space everyone. Can Bangladesh write history today or South Africa bounce back? We will get to know that soon. Just hang on for a while for the toss update.
Bangladesh are a win away from a first-ever series victory in South Africa in any format. Friday's victory at Centurion will give Tamim Iqbal's team belief that another solid performance will not only help clinch the ODI series but set BAN up for the two-Test series starting in Durban on March 31.
Bangladesh’s batters set up the history-making victory with Shakib Al Hasan (77), Litton Das (50) and Yasir Ali (50) all hitting half-centuries in a strong total of 314-7. They can expect similar batting conditions at the Wanderers in Johannesburg since four matches in the last seven day games here produced scores above 350 for the team batting first.
The pressure is on South Africa to level the series. The SA bowling, led by Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi can certainly be more impactful. Ngidi's 1 for 75 in Centurion was the worst bowling figures by a South African against Bangladesh. On the other side, Bangladesh pacers Taskin Ahmed (3-36) and Shoriful Islam (2-47), whose early strikes put South Africa in trouble at 36-3, played important roles.
Bangladesh are unlikely to change their winning combination. South Africa could bring in spinner Tabraiz Shamsi.