Proteas thrash Bangladesh

DHAKA, July 7

Spinners Eddie Leie and Aaron Phangiso and paceman Kyle Abbott shared nine wickets among them as South Africa thrashed Bangladesh by 31 runs in the second Twenty20 international to take the two-match series 2-0 in Dhaka on Tuesday.

Debutant leg-spinner Leie claimed 3-16 and left-arm spinner Phangiso took 3-30, as Bangladesh were all out for 138 runs with five balls remaining in reply to South Africa’s 169-4. Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar put on 46 runs in the opening stand to give Bangladesh a strong start before Wayne Parnell removed Tamim for 13.

Leie struck in his first over to drag Sarkar (37) out of his crease and had him stumped and then dismissed Mushfiqur Rahim (19) and Sabbir Rahman (one) in successive balls.

Phangiso removed Shakib Al Hasan (eight) off his first ball before taking the wicket of Nasir Hossain who fell for a duck and Litton Das, who scored 10 runs, in his next two overs to put South Africa in control. Paceman Kyle Abbott, who claimed 3-20, completed the rout with wickets off his last two balls.

Earlier, Quinton de Kock and AB de Villiers put 95 runs for South Africa in the opening stand after skipper Faf du Plessis won the toss and elected to bat. De Kock top-scored with 31-ball 44 that included four fours and two sixes and de Villiers added 40 off 34 balls hitting six sixes as the visitors looked for a series sweep after winning Sunday’s opening game by 52 runs.

David Miller survived a strong caught behind appeal in the same over to put on 34 runs for the fourth wicket with du Plessis, who scored 16 runs. Miller (30 not out) and Rilee Rossouw (19 not out) then hammered 32 runs in the last two overs to give South Africa a respectable total. Nasir finished with 2-26 for Bangladesh.

South Africa and Bangladesh will now play a three-match one-day international series, beginning on July 10 at the same ground.