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Bangladesh outplay South Africa
Bangladesh's Tamim Iqbal is bowled by South African cricketer Kagiso Rabada during the second One Day International match. - AFP

Soumya, Mahmudullah hit fifties after bowlers bundle Proteas out cheaply


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Published: Mon 13 Jul 2015, 9:31 PM

Dhaka - Soumya Sarkar and Mahmudullah struck half-centuries after Bangladesh dismissed South Africa cheaply, crushing the Proteas by seven wickets in the second one-day international to tie the three-match series in Dhaka on Sunday.
Soumya hit a stroke-filled unbeaten 88 while Mahmudullah made 50 as Bangladesh raced to 167-3 with more than 22 overs in hand, keeping Bangladesh in the series after Friday's first game loss.
Earlier the home team made swift work of the visitors, bowling with heart to bundle them out for 162 in 46 overs, effectively making the contest a one-sided affair.
Kagiso Rabada, who had set a new one-day debut bowling record in the previous match, raised hopes when he bowled out Tamim Iqbal (five) and Litton Das (17).
But Soumya and Mahmudullah stood firm for a 135-run third wicket stand as the Tigers carried the game safely home in front of a packed stadium.
Soumya, who faced 79 balls and hit 13 fours and a six, swept Imran Tahir over the mid wicket fence to complete the emphatic victory - only Bangladesh's second against South Africa in 16 ODIs.
The win, which followed Bangladesh's steady progress in one-day rankings, also cemented their place in the eight-team ICC Champions Trophy, scheduled to be held in England in 2017.
Only the hosts and seven other top-ranked ODI teams are eligible to qualify for the tournament.
Earlier, Nasir Hossain finished with a career best 3-26 while left-arm pacer Mustafizur Rahman grabbed 3-38 as South Africa were bowled out with their lowest score against Bangladesh on a slow pitch at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.
Mustafizur drew first blood in the fifth over when he forced a leading edge from opener Quinton de Kock as Sabbir Rahman took a simple catch at backward point.
Rubel Hossain, who returned to the starting lineup for leg-spinner Jubair Hossain, made an instant impact by knocking the stumps off Hashim Amla (22).
South Africa began to feel the pressure when Nasir bowled Rilee Rossouw off his first ball, and Mahmudullah sent David Miller home by forcing him to give a simple catch to Mashrafe Mortaza at short mid wicket to leave the visitors wobbling at 74-4.

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