Bangladesh seal historic ODI series win versus SA: Key numbers
Bangladesh sealed a memorable ODI series win over a full-strength South Africa away from home. After winning the third ODI by nine wickets in Centurion on Wednesday, the Tigers claimed the three-match series by a 2-1 margin. SA managed just 154/10 in 37 overs before Tamim Iqbal helped Bangladesh seal victory. Here we decode the South Africa versus Bangladesh series in numbers.
South Africa started well before losing their way. From 46/0, they were reduced to 107/6 before limping past 150. Taskin Ahmed was superb, claiming five wickets for 35 runs. In response, Bangladesh openers Tamim and Liton Das added 127 runs for the first wicket. Tamim stayed unbeaten on 87 to help side side win in just 26.3 overs.
Taskin, who claimed a fifer in the third ODI, finished as the highest wicket-taker in the series. He claimed eight scalps from three matches at 14.00. Taskin claimed his second five-wicket haul in ODIs. He now has 67 ODI scalps at 30.59. Mehidy Hasan finished with six wickets. In the first ODI, he took four scalps to claim a fourth four-wicket haul in ODIs.
Tamim finished with 129 runs for Bangladesh, with the unbeaten 87 being a major highlight. The southpaw has raced to 7,826 runs in ODIs at 36.74. He now has 52 ODI half-centuries. Liton was Bangladesh's second-highest scorer (113 runs). He slammed one fifty (5 in ODIs). Meanwhile, no Proteas batters managed 100-plus runs. Rassie van der Dussen was the top scorer (98).
In terms of the head-to-head record, Bangladesh's two wins meant they improved their overall tally to six. Meanwhile, SA have won 18 games versus Bangladesh. Prior to this series, Bangladesh had toured South Africa thrice, losing eight games in total. This is Bangladesh's maiden series win on Proteas soil. Bangladesh also claimed just their second bilateral series win over SA, winning 2-1 in 2015.
For SA, speedster Kagiso Rabada claimed the most scalps (6). Notably, Rabada clinched five wickets in the second ODI. That was his second five-wicket haul in ODIs. He now has 132 scalps at 27.68.