Liton Das opened the innings with Imrul Kayes. The opening duo added 43 runs in 8.5 overs with Liton scoring 29-ball 21 with four fours. Imrul made 31 off 43 with four fours and a six.
Shakib Al Hasan came to bat at number three. He completed 5000 runs in ODIs, the second Bangladeshi to do so. But he made only 29 runs off 45 balls with two fours. The ace allrounder put on 59-run stand with Mushfiqur Rahim.
Mushfiqur reached his half-century off 52 deliveries. He and Mahmudullah Riyad added 69 runs for the fourth-wicket. Mahmudullah scored 27-ball 26 hitting three fours and a six. Sabbir Rahman played a cameo 19 off 21.
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Mushfiqur brought up his fifth ODI century in 108 balls. He not only scored the first Bangladeshi hundred on South African soil, but also became the first Bangladeshi to hit a century against the Proteas in ODIs.
Nasir Hossain couldn’t make big impact with his 11 off 8. But Saifuddin showed enough talent in his 11-ball 16-run knock which included one four and one six. Mushfiqur remained unbeaten for 110 runs from 116 deliveries including 11 fours and two maximums.
Bangladesh posted 278 runs in 50 overs, their highest ODI total against South Africa. Kagiso Rabada took four wickets for 43 runs after giving Bangladesh a tough time at the start. Dwaine Pretorious took two for 48.
South Africa openers Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla were off to a flying start. They scored 61 runs in the first powerplay and went on to make Bangladesh bowlers toil. Both de Kock and Amla reached half-centuries in 56 and 48 balls
de Kock brought up his 13th century in 100 balls. It was his first ton against Bangladesh. Amla’s 26th hundred came off 99 balls, his second ODI century against Bangladesh.
South Africa reached their target in 42.5 overs without losing any wicket. It is the highest total scored by an opening partnership without losing any wicket in run-chase. The unbroken 282-run stand is also the highest partnership for South Africa in ODIs and the joint third-highest overall.
de Kock achieved his second-best ODI score, 168* runs off 145 balls hitting 21 fours and two sixes. Amla made 110* off 112 with eight fours.
Bangladesh 278/7 in 50 overs (Mushfiqur 110*, Imrul 31; Rabada 4/43, Pretorious 2/48)
South Africa 282/0 in 42.5 overs (de Kock 168*, Amla 110*)
South Africa won by 10 wickets
Man of the Match: Quinton de Kock
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com