Bangladesh have posted 278/7 against South Africa in the first ODI at Diamond Oval, Kimberley. Mushfiqur’s century was the only standout performance for Tigers with the bat. [বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ মুশফিকের শতকে লড়াকু সংগ্রহ বাংলাদেশের]
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.
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.
Bangladesh 278/7 in 50 overs (Mushfiqur 110*, Imrul 31; Rabada 4/43, Pretorious 2/48)
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com