Ban-SA ODI Series : Bangladesh thrashed South Africa in the 3rd ODI played at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong by 9 wickets as both Bangladeshi openers smashed their half-centuries.
The first series win over the world cricket heavyweights continues minnows Bangladesh`s coming-of-age party, capping another historic success for Mashrafe Mortaza`s men after their maiden appearance in the World Cup quarter-final and successive series wins over India and Pakistan earlier this year.
Soumya led the batting charge with his stroke-filled 75-ball innings, which included 13 fours and a six, with local boy Tamim playing the role of an anchor in their 154-run opening stand.
The match was reduced to 40-over-a-side as rain at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium halted play midway through the South African innings for nearly three hours.Bangladesh were given a target of 170 runs according the Duckworth/Lewis Method, and they achieved it comfortably with 83 balls to spare.
One-down Litton Das hit the winning boundary after Soumya was dismissed when the victory was just a formality. Hashim Amla took the catch at short-cover off legspinner Imran Tahir.
Earlier, left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan and skipper Mashrafe Moratza reached a 200-wicket landmark to set up the win.South Africa, opting to bat first, were in dire straits with 4-78 in 23 overs when the rain came.JP Duminy topscored 51 off 70 balls and put 63 runs with David Miller (44) for the fifth wicket to help the visitors recover before he became the last man dismissed.
Shakib, who finished with 3-33, completed his milestone when he claimed the wickets of Faf du Plessis and captain Amla after Mustafizur Rahman gave the hosts their first breakthrough.
Thus bangladesh made thier four successive series win after defeating Pakistan, Zimbabwe and India in thier recent encounters.