Bangladesh fall 20 runs short after fighting hard in 1st T20I

After a one sided Test and ODI series, Bangladesh fought well against South Africa in the first T20I but it wasn’t enough to grab their first win in the tour. 

South Africa after winning the toss, elected to bat first with no hesitation and despite of losing Hashim Amla early, they were off to a flier courtesy of Quinton de Kock and AB de Villiers

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With their thunderous batting, it looked like they will cross the 200 mark but Mehedi Hasan brought a breakthrough by taking the big wicket of AB de Villiers and slowed down things a bit. 

Just after couple of overs, Quinton de Kock also lost his wicket but ended up being the highest run scorer in the match today with 59 runs from 44 balls. South Africa ended up scoring a huge score of 194, thanks to Farhan Beherdian’s cameo of unbeaten 36 off just 17 balls.

In reply, Bangladesh were also off to a tremendous start and they were going on well with the required run rate, but after the fall of Imrul Kayes in the 5th over, things started to shift away slowly in favor of the hosts. 

Opener Soumya Sarkar was keeping the hopes alive but after his departure for 47, the batting collapse began and South Africa started to snatch away the game.

Mohammad Saifuddin’s unbeaten 39 runs helped Bangladesh to play all the overs in the end, but they lost the match by 20 runs and has only one match left in the tour to earn some pride. 

Brief score: 

  • SA 195/4 (20 ov) | de Kock 59 (44), de Villiers 49 (27) | Mehidy 2/31
  • BAN 175/9 (20 ov) | Soumya 47 (31), Saifuddin 39* (27) | Phehlukwayo 2/25

Result: South Africa won by 20 runs