Tigers lose ODI series

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Brief Scores: South Africa 353/6 in 50 overs (AB de Villiers 176, Hashim Amla 85; Rubel Hossain 4-62, Shakib Al Hasan 2-60) vs Bangladesh.

PV Sports Desk : Bangladesh lost the three-match ODI series 0-2 as they suffered a huge 104-run defeat to host South Africa in the second ODI held on Wednesday at Boland Park, Paarl.

Chasing a massive winning target of 354 runs set by South Africa, Bangladesh found the chase stiff and finally dismissed at 249 in 47.5 overs.

Opener Imrul Kayes top scored with 68 runs while skipper Mushfiqur Rahim added 60.

The Tigers failed to build any effective partnership to chase the daunting total losing wickets in regular travails in the face of tight bowling display the Protease bowlers.

All rounder Mahmudullah (35) and opener Tamim Iqbal (23) were the other notable scorers for Bangladesh.

Andile Phehlukwaya was the pick of South African bowler as the grabbed four wickets conceding 40 runs.

He was well supported by Imran Tahir who claimed three wickets giving away 50 runs. Besides, Dwaine Pretorius captured two for 48 runs.

Earlier, AB de Villiers returned from his sabbatical with a blistering 176 off 104 balls to take South Africa surging to 353-6, after they were forced to bat first by Bangladesh.

De Villiers hit his career-best score in 50-over cricket in his first international innings in four months, and was part of century stands with Hashim Amla (85) and JP Duminy (30).

De Villiers was the driving force of both those stands, making 86 of the 136 runs he put on with Amla and 90 of the 117 he put on with Duminy.

De Villiers’ last international was at the Champions Trophy in England in June. He skipped the test series against England and Bangladesh to rest and spend time with his family.

The break appears to have been well-timed for the 33-year-old former South Africa captain.

He collected 15 fours and seven sixes on his way to the fourth highest score by a South African in ODIs.

He was out caught in the deep only 12 runs short of Gary Kirsten’s South African record of 188 not out.

De Villiers took only 68 balls to get to 100, and only 25 balls to go from 100 to 150.

Amla and Quinton de Kock (46) set South Africa up with a solid opening partnership of 90 but De Villiers’ acceleration in the middle and late overs made sure the home team was favourite to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

Rubel Hossain was Bangladesh’s best bowler with 4-62, including the wicket of De Villiers and two in two balls in the last over.

Bangladesh earlier went down in both Tests and the opening ODI.