3. ODI: Bangladesh beats South Africa to win historic series following Taskin Ahmed and Tamim Iqbal’s exploits in Centurion

Months after defeating New Zealand in a friendly for the first time in New Zealand, Bangladesh achieved another first by writing their first ODI series win over South Africa in South Africa on Wednesday. The visitors, led by Tamim Iqbal, beat South Africa by 9 wickets and made it easy for themselves to chase a paltry 155 run target in the final ODI of a 3-match series at 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, successfully defending a total of 317 runs in the first ODI. They lost the 2nd ODI in Johannesburg but the sights turned on and decimated the Proteas on Wednesday.

Bangladesh rode a superb fast bowling spell from Taskin Ahmed who picked up his 2nd ODI 5 wicket haul earlier in the day.

After beating South Africa by 154 runs in just 37 overs, Bangladesh had a 127-run opening stand between captain Tamim and Litton Das to complete the goal and script story. Keshav Maharaj took the only wicket for the hosts (Das for 48) when Tamim smashed 87 of just 82 balls. The captain went unbeaten alongside Shakib Al Hasan as the team crossed the finish line in just 26.3 overs.

SA vs BAN, 3rd ODI: Highlights

HUGE WIN: TAMIM

“I’m very proud, especially for a Bangladeshi fast bowler to be named Player of the Game 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 Taskin, who ended the streak with 8 wickets.

“This is our one of the greatest achievements, it’s a tremendous victory. We can win series abroad, this win will give us that confidence to move forward. We’re very proud of ODI Cricket, we think we’re a good team. This is one of the strikers we’ve done well at in the last 5-6 years,” he added.

Taskin took the big wickets from Janneman Malan (39), Kyle Verreynne (9), David Miller (16), Dwaine Pretorius (20) and Kagiso Rabada (4) to finish with numbers of 3/35 from 9 overs.

All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan recorded 2 wickets, including South African captain Temba Bavuma’s big scalp (2).

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