Dhaka - Faf du Plessis led from the front with an unbeaten 79 off 61
balls as the Proteas opened their tour of Bangladesh with a 52-run
victory over their hosts in the first T20 international at Mirpur on Sunday.
As it happened: Bangladesh v Proteas
Du Plessis, who scored eight of the 11 fours that the
Proteas managed in their innings after winning the toss, set up the total of
148/4 in partnerships of 46 for the third wicket with JP Duminy and then an
unbroken 58 for the fifth wicket with Rilee Rossouw.
The Proteas’ total was probably a bit below the target they
had set themselves and it needed the bowlers to hit their straps from the
start. This they did to perfection as they bowled Bangladesh out for 96 in 19
overs with the last 8 wickets falling for 46 runs in 11 overs.
As well as Du Plessis batted, the biggest plus was
undoubtedly the performance of a very inexperienced bowling attack, four of
whom have played fewer than 10 T20 international matches each. Duminy and Aaron
Phangiso both turned the ball sharply and had a combined return of 3/32 in
their 8 overs. And it could have been even better as Phangiso had two very good
appeals, first for a catch behind the wicket and then for lbw, turned down.
On a typical sub-continental surface of slow pace and low
bounce David Wiese was also highly impressive.
What was most pleasing about the bowling performance was the
maturity the players showed in employing good tactics that worked to
It was a day for the less experienced members of the South
African side with Rossouw again underlining his talent with his unbeaten knock
of 31 off 21 balls (2 fours and 2 sixes) that enabled the Proteas to get a
better total that at one stage seemed likely.
The fielding was out of the top drawer as well, nothing
being better than Quinton de Kock’s effort in anticipating a reverse sweep to
take an outstanding catch.
It was good to see the Proteas finding top form in their
first international outing of the tour as that is something that has been
problematic in the past.
The second and final match of the series will be held at the same ground on Tuesday.