Rabada takes 6/16 as South Africa beat Bangladesh in 1st ODI
South Africa's Kagiso Rabada became only the second bowler to take a hat-trick on debut, ending with figures of six for 16 in eight overs as the Proteas comfortably cruised to an eight-wicket victory over Bangladesh in the first one-day international on Friday.Updated: Jul 11, 2015 00:06 IST
South Africa's Kagiso Rabada became only the second bowler to take a hat-trick on debut, ending with figures of six for 16 in eight overs as the Proteas comfortably cruised to an eight-wicket victory over Bangladesh in the first one-day international on Friday.
Rabada's figures, the best ever by a debutant, helped wrap up Bangladesh's innings for 160 in 36.3 overs. The South Africa batsmen cruised to the target, making 164-2 with 53 balls to spare.
"If someone from the opposition gets a hat trick you go on the back foot," Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza said. "Wicket was pretty good, we can't give that excuse and we need to come back strongly in the next match."
Faf Du Plessis led the charge hitting 63 not out. He was aided by Rilee Rossouw's unbeaten 45. They combined together for a 99-run partnership to steer the side to the victory after being left to 65-2.
"Kagiso was outstanding and to restrict them to 160 was wonderful," South Africa captain Hashim Amla said. Nasir Hossain (1-28) and Mashrafe Mortaza (1-36) picked up one wicket apiece.
The match was reduced to 40 overs a side following the torrential rain which forced it to be delayed by more than two hours.
Rabada exploited the conditions to leave Bangladesh at 40-4, after Mashrafe Mortaza decided to bat first. The 20-year-old fast bowler, who was chosen ahead of experienced Morne Morkel, removed Tamim Iqbal, Litton Das and Mahmudullah in three consecutive deliveries in the second over. With the hat trick, he joined Bangladesh's left arm spinner Taijul Islam who achieved the landmark against Zimbabwe last December.
Rabada followed up with the wicket of Soumya Sarkar, who counter-attacked with a run-a-ball 27. Shakib Al Hasan resisted with 46 but the South African bowlers put in a disciplined attack to make regular inroads. He and Mushfiqur Rahim (24) added 53 runs for the fifth wicket before the latter was trapped in front off JP Duminy (1-28).
Rabada then came back in a second spell with more flair to dismiss Mashrafe Bin Mortaza (4) and Juabir Hossain (5) to be the first bowler to claim six wickets on debut. He eclipsed the previous best of 5-30 by Zimbabwe fast bowler Brian Vitori. He is the third bowler to take a five-for on debut after Vitori and Bangladesh's left arm fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman.
Shakib hit five fours in his 51-ball 48 while Nasir made 31 off 44 with three fours and a six. Chris Morris returned figures of 2-32.
In pursuit of 161, South Africa lost captain Hashim Amla (14) early after his opposite number Mashrafe Mortaza dismissed him but Quinton de Kock rallied the visitors toward an easy target, playing some gorgeous shots. Although part-time off-spinner Nasir Hossain got rid of him on 35, South Africa was never in danger. Only Mustafizur Rahman (6-2-15-0) troubled them to some extent but the visitors were careful enough not to give him any wicket.
Du Plessis smashed seven fours in his 63 off 75.
The second match is on Sunday.
First Published: Jul 11, 2015 00:02 IST