Shakib Al Hasan scored an excellent 77 as Bangladesh celebrated their first victory in South Africa with a win in 38 rounds in the inaugural One-Day International at Centurion Park on Friday.
Shakib shines in ODI as Bangladesh clinches first win in South Africa (AP Photo)
Bangladesh defeated South Africa for the first time in a one-day international match in South Africa on Friday, and did so convincingly by winning the 38-run series opener.
Bangladesh batters provided the history-making win in Shakib Al Hasan (77), Litton Das (50) and Yasir Ali (50).
It was Bangladesh’s best total in South Africa and came after South Africa won the draw and got the visitors batting at SuperSport Park in Centurion.
Spinner Mehidy Hasan Miraz defeated South Africa 4-61 in nine overs while the Proteas were all-out with 276 in 48.5 overs.
The result was clear before Keshav Maharaj’s final wicket.
The pivotal moment came in the 46th over when Miraz stumbled David Miller for his fourth wicket on 79 from 57, disposing of South Africa’s last hope and putting Bangladesh on the brink of a first win 20 years after their first tour of South Africa.
Miraz was joined by pacesetters Taskin Ahmed (3-36) and Shoriful Islam (2-47), whose early punches put South Africa into trouble at 36-3.
Bangladesh didn’t let that early advantage slip away despite the efforts of Miller and Rassie van der Dussen, who scored 86.
The Bangladesh players celebrated at the end, as did their coach Russell Domingo, a South African and former Proteas coach.