Months after beating New Zealand in a test match for the first time in New Zealand, Bangladesh achieved another first by scoring their first ODI series win over South Africa in South Africa on Wednesday. The visitors, led by Tamim Iqbal, took South Africa by 9 wickets, making light work of chasing a paltry 155-run target in the final ODI of a 3-game run at the SuperSport Park in Centurion.
South Africa had won their first-ever international match in South Africa against South Africa at the same venue last week. They had successfully defended a total of 317 points in the first ODI. They lost the 2nd ODI in Johannesburg, but the visitors were called in and decimated the Proteas on Wednesday.
Bangladesh put on a great run of fast bowling from Taskin Ahmed, who picked up his 2nd ODI 5 wicket-haul earlier in the day.
After knocking out South Africa for 154 runs in just 37 overs, Bangladesh had an opening score of 127 runs between captain Tamim and Litton Das to advance into goal and script history. Keshav Maharaj took the lone wicket for the hosts (Das for 48) when Tamim crushed 87 from just 82 balls. The captain and Shakib Al Hasan remained undefeated as the team crossed the finish line in just 26.3 overs.
SA v BAN, 3rd ODI: Highlights
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HUGE WIN: TAMIM
“I am very proud especially with a Bangladesh fast bowler getting Player of the Match and Player of the series. I want to thank all the coaches who worked with the fast bowlers they did a fantastic job,” said Captain Tamim of Taskin who the series ended with 8 wickets.
“This is our greatest achievement, it is a huge victory. We can win overseas series, this victory will give us the confidence to move forward. We are very proud of ODI cricket, we believe we are a good side. one where we’ve done well for the past 5-6 years,” he added.
Taskin got the big wickets from Janneman Malan (39), Kyle Verreynne (9), David Miller (16), Dwaine Pretorius (20) and Kagiso Rabada (4) to finish with figures of 3/35 from 9 overs.
Allrounder Shakib Al Hasan chipped in with 2 wickets, including the large scalp of South African captain Temba Bavuma (2).