July 16, 2015: Bangladesh confirmed their rise as a major force in 50 overs cricket when they thrashed the South Africa by 9 wickets in the third One-Day International at Chittagong on yesterday to claim a 2-1 series victory.It was their first ever series victory over the Proteas in any format.
Bangladesh started a new era in ODI cricket under the leadership of Mashrafe Mortaza in the last ICC World Cup and continued their success wining ODI series against mighty opponents Pakistan, India and South Africa.
Bangladeshi bowlers dominated the South African top order up front as they restricted South Africa to a total of 168/9 in a game reduced to 40 overs after a rain interruption and then coasted to victory with 83 balls to spare.
Man of the match, Soumya Sarkar, finished with 90 (75 minutes, 13 fours and a six) while Tamim Iqbal contributed 61 (77 balls, 7 fours). Their partnership of 154 was a Bangladesh record for any wicket against South Africa.
The Proteas once again struggled up front against the impressive Bangladesh seamers after winning the toss and batting first for the second match in a row. This is something that has been occurring for some time and they are no longer getting the good starts that used to be supplied either by Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla or by Amla and Rilee Rossouw.
De Kock has been going through an extended slump while Amla is also experiencing an unusual lean spell, having failed to pass a half-century in his last seven innings. The middle-order have not been able to repair the damage apart from the odd exceptions and this has been born out not only by their two low totals here but also by their defeats at the World Cup against India and Pakistan.
SA lost 4/50 in 15 overs and one ball, leaving David Miller and JP Duminy to rebuild the innings. The weather interruption that reduced the match to 40 overs per side could not have come at a worse time for the Proteas (78/4 in 23 overs) as the two batsmen were just starting to get the innings going and had pushed the run rate up towards four to the over.
With 17 overs left when play resumed the Proteas simply did not have enough specialist batsmen in hand in spite of the best efforts of Miller (44 off 51 balls, 5 fours) and Duminy (51 off 70, 3 fours). Once Miller and Ferhaan Behardien were dismissed, Duminy was left to play a lone hand and the fact that they finished nine wickets down, having scored 90 runs off the last 102 runs meant they got virtually no bonus benefit from the Duckworth/Lewis Method.