Bangladesh vs South Africa, 1st ODI (D/N), Centurion, Mar 18 2022, Bangladesh tour of South Africa
Match Result: Bangladesh won by 38 runs
Player of the Match: Shakib Al Hasan
Match Report: Historic win for Bangladesh. This is their first-ever ODI win in South Africa. This also means that they have emerged victorious at least once in all the countries they have played ODI in. In January, they defeated NZ on their home soil to register their first test win there. Mind you, New Zealand are the World Test Champions currently. So, that win gave a big boost in confidence to them. And now, just a couple of months later, they have thrashed South Africa. The Proteas whitewashed India in the previous ODI series. It just shows that this South Africa team is tough to beat.
Every Bangladesh batter contributed to the total. It took them three fifties to raise the score of 314. Shakib Al Hasan’s knock could be called as the most crucial since he kept the team together, coming at 1 wicket down. Yasir Ali’s fifty also came at fast pace. In reply, South Africans looked good in their chase. Obviously, their start was disappointing, being three down for just 36 runs. The partnership between Rassie Van der Dussen and David Miller looked like it will take the Proteas to victory. Unfortunately, it just wasn’t South Africa’ day.
Tamim Iqbal: It is a big win for us. Special win. Starting from Liton, then Shakib and Yasir batted brilliantly. A six and a four from Miraz. Those quick 25 runs from Mahmudullah. It is a big thing for us. Our fast bowlers are winning games for us. Last two years the fast bowlers are doing brilliantly. You need a character like Mehidy in every team. After going for 40 from 4 overs, he went up to me and asked to bowl. He said he will change the game. He was my Man of the Match. Definitely, we need to give ourselves the best chance. SA are a quality side. They would be eager to bounce back.
Temba Bavuma: They scored 180 runs in the last 20 overs, so going into the break they definitely had the momentum. We had conversations with the bowling unit but we weren’t able to get wickets at the top. Normally we get wickets and get the dots going. Normally, going into the death we know our plans. We took a little longer to do that. We should have been chasing 270-280.
When you are chasing over 300, you need one batter to get a 100 and couple others to support them. After my dismissal, we failed to get much momentum apart from the Miller-Rassie partnership and losing Rassie made life very difficult for us. Their bowlers exploited the back of a length spot better. We obviously have to bounce back, Sunday is just around the corner. We need to show the resillience we are known for.