Dhaka - Skipper Faf du Plessis scored the only half century as South Africa
laboured to 148/4 in the first Twenty20 international against
Bangladesh in Dhaka on Sunday.
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Du Plessis helped the visitors
recover from a shaky start with an unbeaten 79 off 61 balls, his sixth
half-century in Twenty20 internationals, which included eight fours.
started with spinners from both ends and reaped instant rewards when
left-arm spinner Arafat Sunny dismissed AB de Villiers in the very first
over for two.
De Villiers opened the innings only the second time
in his Twenty20 international career and conceded four dots before he
picked up Mashrafe Mortaza at cover in the last ball of the over.
de Kock tried to break the shackle with a six off Nasir Hossain over
cover but soon became a catch of debutante Litton Das off the same
bowler at point for 12.
Sunny returned for his second spell to
break a 46-run third wicket partnership between Du Plessis and JP Duminy
as Nasir took a well-judged catch at the deep to dismiss the latter for
Shakib Al Hasan trapped David Miller leg-before for one but
Du Plessis added 58 runs in an unbroken fifth wicket stand with Rilee
Rossouw (31 not out) to take South Africa to a respectable total.
Rossouw faced 21 balls and hit two fours and as many sixes for his cameo.
Sunny finished with 2-19 for Bangladesh.
The second and final Twenty20 international the of two-match series will be held at the same grounds on Tuesday.
Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mustafizur Rahman, Nasir Hossain, Litton Das, Sabbir Rahman, Sohag Gazi, Arafat Sunny
Faf du Plessis (capt), JP Duminy, Quinton de Kock, Aaron Phangiso, Kagiso Rabada, AB de Villiers, Rilee Rossouw, David Miller, Kyle Abbott, Wayne Parnell, David Wiese
Umpires: Enamul Haque (BAN) and Sharfoudoulla Saikat (BAN)
TV Umpire: Anisur Rahman (BAN)
Match Referee: David Boon (AUS)