Bangladesh won their first ODI series in South Africa.© AFP
Taskin Ahmed and Tamim Iqbal starred in Bangladesh to seal historic series success with a nine -wicket win in a third -day international match against South Africa at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Wednesday. Taskin’s fast bowlers took five to 35 as South Africa lost by 154, their lowest total against Bangladesh. Visiting captain Tamim then scored 87 instead of 82 balls to lead Bangladesh to the win with 23.3 overs remaining, sharing a century -opening partnership with Liton Das (48).
Bangladesh won the World Cup Super League series by two matches against one, cementing their position at the top of the standings.
South Africa were left languishing in ninth place and in danger of losing one of eight automatic qualifying places for the 2023 Cricket World Cup.
Bangladesh had lost all 19 matches in all formats against South Africa in their homeland before winning the series opener with 38 runs at the same venue on Friday.
South Africa won the second match with seven wickets in Johannesburg but Bangladesh dominated Wednesday’s series decider.
South Africa made a quick start, with Janneman Malan and Quinton de Kock putting up 46 for the first wicket in seven overs.
But Taskin played great after off-spinner Mehidy Hasan made his first breakthrough by pushing De Kock.
Taskin, 26, put in his best performance since taking five to 28 on his debut against India in his debut appearance in Mirpur in 2014. He played fast in three spells and interrupted all the batsmen.
With South Africa defending a low total, Keshav Maharaj dropped Litton Das at the back eye of Kagiso Rabada in Bangladesh’s first half before Das scored.
Das and Tamim took full advantage of the release, putting up 127 for the first wicket.
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