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Monday, July 13, 2015, Ashar 29, 1422 BS, Ramadan 25, 1436 Hijr

Tigers level ODI series, seal Champions Trophy berth
Sports Reporter
Published :Monday, 13 July, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 36
Having lost the first of the three-match ODI series against South Africa, Bangladesh were in a challenge to save the series. And the roaring Tigers survived the challenge boldly demolishing the Proteas by a huge seven wickets victory with 134 balls to spare in the second ODI on Sunday at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.
Bangladesh have also confirmed the Champions Trophy 2017 berth with
the win.
It was a complete team effort. Tigers did better in all the three departments and tasted the expected win for which they were thirsty. With the win Tigers levelled the series 1-1 and will play the third and the decider match on July 15 at Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong.
Winning the toss, South African skipper Hashim Amla opted to bat first and the Tigers' bowlers forced them to pack up for a paltry total of 162 in 46 overs, their lowest against Bangladesh ever.
Chasing the insignificant target of 163, Tigers sealed the win easily scoring 167 for three riding on the brilliant batting prowess of Soumya and Mahmudullah.
Bangladesh again lost their opener Tamim only for 5 runs. Tamim nipped down the track to hit Rabada but missed the ball and was bowled.
Liton joined on field Soumya and the duo added 19 runs before Litton got out scoring 17 off 14 with two fours and a six.
Then Mahmudullah and Soumya played the extra ordinary innings. They added 135 runs for the third wicket pair and paved the way for the victory. During the partnership Soumya picked up his third ODI fifty while Mahmudullah grabbed his 13th one.
The way these two were playing it seemed that Tigers would win the match by eight wickets. But it did not happen as Mahmudullah got out when the host was only four runs away from the heroic victory. He went back to the dressing room scoring 50 off 64 with four boundaries.
Losing Mahmudullah, Shakib came to the wicket but giving Shakib no chance to score Soumya hit a six off Imran Tahir to register the win.
Soumya was adjudged the man of the match for his amazing batting performance of 88 runs off 79 with 13 fours and a six.
Earlier, as always Q de Kock and Hashim Amla opened the inning for the tourists. But in the first ball of the fifth over Bangladesh pacer Mustafiz stroke first as he sent back de Kock (2) to the dressing room when the Proteas' total was only 16.
Losing de Kock, Amla and du Plessis added 29 runs for the second wicket stand but Bangladesh pacer Rubel did not allow them to continue. He razed off the stumps of Amla (22).
Then South Africa started to lose wickets at regular intervals. The tourist lost their second wicket for 45 runs on the board and lost four more wickets after adding only 55 more runs.
Nasir came to bowl in the 19th over and bowled inform Rossouw (4) while Mahmudullah grabbed the wicket of Miller.
Though, South Africa were losing wickets at regular interval, Fuf du Plessis was playing well to keep the run wheel on. But Nasir struck again and sent back du Plessis (41).
However, in the lower order Behardien made two partnerships of 22 runs each with Abbott and Rabada for the eighth and ninth wicket pair.
For Bangladesh, Nasir and Mustafiz took three wickets each while Rubel hauled two.

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