Sports Desk: Bangladesh Cricket team made a depressing performance in South Africa tour conceding a six-wicket defeat against Proteas Invitational Eleven in the lone ODI tour match at Bloemfontein on Thursday ahead of the three-match ODI series set to begin on Saturday.
In reply to Tigers’ 255 runs for all in 48.1 overs, the South Africa Invitational Eleven reached their target making 257 for 4 in 46.3 overs forcing Bangladesh to endure another defeat following whitewash in the two-match Test series.
The Proteas made a good start scoring 147 runs in 25.4 overs in the opening stand by AK Markram and M Breetzke.
AK Markram contributed a polished 82-run innings off 68 deliveries with eight fours and one six while M Breetzke scored 100 ball-71 hitting nine boundaries.
Besides, captain JP Duminy scored 42-ball 34 runs with two fours, AB De Villiers made 50-ball 43 runs with two fours and one six, K Zondo not out 10 and L Klaasen 5 runs for Proteas.
All rounder Mahmudullah grabbed two wickets for 13 runs while Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza and all rounder Nasir Hossain took one wicket each giving away 47 and 52 runs respectively.
Earlier, Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza won the toss and opted bat first. Tigers, thanks to Shakib Al-Hasan's 68 runs, managed to score 255 runs losing all wickets in 48.1 overs.
Shakib smashed an innings of 68 runs off 67 balls which includes 9 fours.
Hitter batsman Sabbir Rahman also hit a fifty in the match. He bagged 52 runs off 54 balls with two fours and three sixes.
Except the twos mentioned above, other batsmen could not hit any remarkable score for Bangladesh.
Opener Imrul Kayes bagged 27 runs off 31 balls while his partner Soumya Sarkar returned for 3 runs off 13 balls.
Mushfiqur Rahim scored 22 runs off 29 balls with three fours while Mahmudullah hit 21 off 27.
Captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza hit 17 runs off 13 balls which includes a four and a six.
Wicketkeeper Liton Kumar Das bagged 8 off 13 balls while all-rounder Nasir Hossain scored 12 off 23 balls.
Pacer Mohammad Saifuddin hit 13 runs (unbeaten) off 19 balls while another pacer Mustafizur Rahman smashed off a golden duck.
For South Africa Invitation XI, Robert Frylinck, Malusi Siboto, Mbulelo Budaza, Aaron Phangiso took four wickets each. Beuran Hendricks and Willem Mulder smashed a wicket each.
Visiting Bangladesh, which was whitewashed in the two-match Test series humiliatingly, will play the first ODI of the 3-match series against South Africa on Saturday (Oct 15) at the De Beers Diamond Oval in Kimberley.
The 2nd ODI will be held on October 18 at the Boland Park in Paarl and 3rd and last ODI on October 22 at Buffalo Park in East London.
After the ODI series, touring Bangladesh will play a two-match T20 series against the Proteas, firstly on October 26 back at the Mangaung Oval in Bloemfontein again, and the second on October 29 at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom, concluding their tour first full tour of South Africa in nine years.
The first T20 match will kick-off at 10pm BST while 2nd and last T20 will begin at 6:30 pm BST.
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