A few years back, Bangladesh had to depend on five senior players to win a game. The team would lose the match when they failed to contribute much. But the scenario is changing now as many youngsters are performing for the team to get a good result. That’s what happened yesterday. Mehedi Hasan Miraz and Yasir Ali Rabbi, the two young players, have played a vital role in winning against the home team. Yesterday, Bangladesh beat the home team by 38 runs. It is the first-ever victory for the visitors in South Africa.
At the SuperSports Park Cricket Stadium, South African skipper Temba Bavuma won the toss and decided to bowl first. His intention was to take all the wickets of Bangladesh as soon as possible.
However, Tamim Iqbal and Liton Kumar Das, the two openers of Bangladesh, started the innings very carefully. They didn’t hit many boundaries in the power play. But both batsmen kept the pace of picking runs by taking singles and doubles. Tamim and Liton added 95 runs for the team in the opening partnership. Unfortunately, Tamim missed the half-century for nine runs. On the other hand, Liton Das got a half-century. But he couldn’t stay longer on the pitch. After scoring 50 off 67 balls, Keshav Maharaj picked up his wicket.
After that, Shakib Al Hasan Yasir Ali Rabbi played very crucial innings. They were a bit aggressive on the pitch. Shakib scored the highest 77 runs hitting seven boundaries and three sixes, and Yasir Rabbi added 50 runs from 44 balls. Relying on these runs, Bangladesh crossed 300 runs and set a target of 315 for the Proteas.
Chasing the target, the home team lost three wickets within ten overs. Pacer Taskin Ahmed and Shoriful Islam picked up early wickets of South Africa. But Van der Dussen and David Miller tackled the situation. They added 70 runs in the middle-order. It seemed they could chase the target, but Taskin picked up the wicket of Van der Dussen. After that, Mehedi Hasan Miraz broke Millar’s stumps. The remaining batsmen couldn’t contribute much to win the game. They became all-out in 276 runs. Miraz got four wickets, while Taskin picked up three. As a result, Bangladesh won the first-ever ODI match in South Africa.