South Africa elect to bat first; Markram, Mulder make ODI debuts

Lynette Rowe
October 23, 2017

And to add to the misery of the visitors, the players who came in new for South Africa displayed a fearless brand of cricket that caught Bangladesh off-guard.

South Africa completed a series whitewash over Bangladesh after a dominant 200-run victory in the third ODI in East London.

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis has been withdrawn from the upcoming two-match T20 global series against Bangladesh due to injury. The absence of Hashim Amla made little difference as Quinton de Kock and Temba Bavuma shared an opening stand of 119 that set up the Proteas for their best total against Bangladesh of 369/6 and they only lost 12 wickets in the entire series. Du Plessis and debutant Aiden Markram were untroubled for much of their 151-run alliance.

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South Africa stuttered in the middle overs with the wickets of AB de Villiers, Andile Phehlukwayo and Wiaan Mulder, another player on debut, falling in quick succession. There is no rush for du Plessis to return to action with South Africa's worldwide calendar blank until Boxing Day. The lower-order batting from South Africa was disappointing. Dane Paterson quickly removed Kayes and Liton Sarkar and that triggered a collapse. Shakib Al Hasan (63) and Sabbir Rahman (39) delayed the inevitable by adding 67 for the sixth wicket before both were dismissed by the part-time off-spin of Markram. Shakib was the only batsman to score a fifty in Bangladesh's innings. He'll now miss the T20 series and Duminy will take over as captain for those games.

Du Plessis hit 10 fours and a six as he raced to 91 off 67 deliveries, but he pulled up lame while stretching to return for a second run and played no further part in the contest.

Bangladesh was 20-3 inside five overs and none of its top four batsmen reached double figures.

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