Chasing 169 in 40 overs, Bangladesh openers century-stand helped the hosts register a massive win and claim yet another series win at home.
Bangladesh Claim 4th Successive Home Series By 9 Wickets On South Africa :
Opener Soumya Sarkar and Tamim Iqbal hit half-centuries as Bangladesh drubbed South Africa by nine wickets in the third and final one-day international to take three-match series 2-1 in Chittagong on Wednesday.
Soumya Sarkar scored 90 and Tamim added an unbeaten 61 as Bangladesh raced to 170-1 after the home bowlers had restricted the mighty proteas to 168-9 in a rain-hit game. The first series win over the world cricket heavyweights continues minnows Bangladesh?s coming-of-age party, capping another historic success for Mashrafe Mortaza?s men after their maiden appearance in the World Cup quarter-final and successive series wins over India and Pakistan earlier this year.
Mortaza said that, The boys played brilliantly in the third match. After losing the first match, it was difficult to come back in the second.
Also he added that, The way Soumya Sarkar was batting was nice to see. Mustafiz has become a very good fast bowler. Tamim showed his character. It was brilliant.
The match was reduced to 40-over a-side as rain at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium halted play midway through the South African innings for nearly three hours. Bangladesh was given a target of 170 runs according the Duckworth/Lewis method, and they achieved it comfortably with 83 balls to spare.
Earlier, left-arm spinner Shakib AI Hasan and skipper Mashrafe Moratza reached a 200-wicket landmark to set up the win. South Africa, opting to bat first, were in dire straits with 4-78 in 23 overs when the rain came.
JP Duminy topscored 51 off 70 balls and put 63 runs with David Miller (44) for the fifth wicket to help the visitors recover before he become the last man dismissed. Shakib finished with 3-33, completed his milestone when he claimed the wickets of Faf du Plessis and captain Amla after Mustafizur Rahman gave the hosts their first breakthrough.
Only Sri Lanka?s Sanath Jayasuriya, South Africa?s Jacques Kallis, Pakistan?s Shahid Afridi and Abdul Razzak, and the New Zealand duo of Chris Harris and Chris Cairns had achieved the double before Shakib. And he was soon joined by Mortaza in the 200-wicket milestone after the Bangladesh captain got rid of David Miller. Mustafizur and Rubel Hossain also grabbed two wickets with 24 and 29 runs each.