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Saturday, July 11, 2015, Ashar 27, 1422 BS, Ramadan 23, 1436 Hijr

Lethal Rabada outshines Tigers
Bangladesh start the ODI series with defeat
Published :Saturday, 11 July, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 9
Sports Reporter
South African young pacer Kagiso Rabada hauled six wickets with a hat-trick on his debut to help his side to bag a huge eight-wicket win against Bangladesh in the first ODI of the three-match ODI series at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Friday.
With the extraordinary bowling performance Rabada became the second player to grab hat-trick wickets after Bangladesh spinner Taijul and also became the best bowler in an innings as debutant and adjudged as the man of the match.
Winning the toss Tigers skipper Mashrafe opted to bat first after the match was curtailed down to 40 overs due to heavy rainfall. Bangladesh batsmen suffered from the outstanding bowling of Rabada and were bagged for only 160 in 36.3 overs.
Chasing the target of 161, South Africa sealed the victory by eight wickets with 53 balls to spare riding on unbeaten 63 and 45 of Fuf du Plessis and Rossouw respectively.
The tourist added 22 runs before Mashrafe sent back Amla for (14).  Then Q de Cock and Fuf du Plessis added 43 runs for the second wicket pair. Nasir broke the partnership taking the wicket of Q de Cock, who scored 35 of 41 balls.
After that, Fuf du Plessis and Rossouw added unbeaten 99 runs and registered win. With the win the South Africa took 1-0 lead in the series.
Earlier, Bangladesh started smoothly but the fourth over of the match came to the Tigers as nightmare.  They lost their top three batsmen in that over as Proteas debutant pacer Kagiso Rabada made a hat-trick on his debut as the second man.
Tamim was so offensive on the day he got out for a duck playing 13 balls.  He was being bowled by Rabada in the fourth ball of the fourth over. In the next ball, Liton Das went back to the dressing room for golden duck. Liton tried to flick but he was being caught at the mid wicket.
Mahmudullah, who returned in the team after a series, failed to make memorable his return. Rabada fulfilled his hat-trick grabbing the wicket of Mahmudullah.
After that, Shakib and Soumya tried to recover the early damage adding 23 runs. Soumya was playing his natural game but again failed to play a big innings. His promising innings came to an end after scoring 27 off 24 as he became the fourth victim of Rabada.
Then Mushfiq and Shakib added 53 runs for the fifth wicket stand. The way the duo were batting it seemed they might recover the damage properly. But JP Duminy broke the pair taking the wicket of Mushfiq (24).
After that Bangladesh lost their wicket at regular intervals. Shakib had a chance to hit a fifty but he was got out off Imran Tahir scoring 48.
For the last wicket stand Nasir and Mustafiz added 20 runs. Though Nasir was bowled by Chris Morris scoring 31, Mustafiz was not out with 0 playing 11 balls.

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