AB De Villiers’ swashbuckling knock gives the Proteas 1-0 lead in the T20 series
The team from the sub-continent, Bangladesh, gave a tough fight in bits and pieces but couldn’t register first win of the tour to South Africa as they fell short by 20 runs in the first T20I against South Africa at the Mangaung Oval in Bloemfontein. Chasing a huge total of 195 runs, Bangladesh could only manage 175 runs losing nine wickets from their quota of 20 overs.
Winning the toss, South Africa opted to bat first lost their first wicket in the form of Hashim Amla in the second over. De Villiers, who walked out at no 3 played some delightful shots as the Bangladesh fielders were made to chase the leather. They then build a partnership of 79 runs to get the innings going. De Villiers was in his mood playing shots all over the park getting to 49 runs in just 27 deliveries with the help of 8 boundaries while De Kock muscle the bowlers to knock them from their rhythm. However, De Villiers got out of Mehidy Hasan trying to break free from the shackles slicing one to long off after a tight over from Shakib Al Hasan.
Quinton De Kock (54) registered his highest score in T20I as he struggled to get back his flow after De Villiers wicket. Striving at 133 for 4 in the 15 overs, David Miller (25 of 19) and Farhaan Behardien (35 of 17) played some blistering strokes to take the team’s total to 195 runs ensuring that the bowlers had enough to bowl.
With a required run-rate of 9.75 runs per over, Bangladesh got off to a flier scoring 43 runs in 3.5 overs before Imrul Kayes (10) got out to Beuran Hendricks. While Kayes was happy to rotate the strike, it was Soumya Sarkar (47) who took the attack to the opposition giving his team a positive start. Shakib was promoted at no three, but he failed to impress as he got out with a mere score of 13 runs. Eventually, The Tigers lost wickets at regular intervals and was reduced to 101 for five from 92 for 2. Andile Phehlukwayo was the pick of the bowlers picking up two crucial wickets including one of Soumya Sarkar, who was looking dangerous. There were glimpses of brilliance but were not enough to take the team over the rope.
With a downcasted series so far, it was a test for the Bangladesh side to fight back in the T20 series to revive some glory. Once again the players failed to take their team to victory. There were some excellent performances, but those were not enough to take the visiting team on top of the host.
Brief scores: South Africa 195/4 in 20 overs (Quinton de Kock 59, AB de Villiers 49; Mehidy Hasan 2-31) beat Bangladesh 175/9 in 20 overs (Soumya Sarkar 47; Andile Phehlukwayo 2-25) by 20 runs.
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