Faf du Plessis © AFP
Faf du Plessis © AFP

Faf du Plessis rescued South Africa’s innings once more, as he completed his 16th One-Day International (ODI) half-century against Bangladesh in the first of the three-match series at Dhaka on Friday. Du Plessis’s half-century came off when he single off Nasir Hossain. South Africa were 139 for the loss of two wickets after 27 overs.

Earlier, Nasir Hossain handed Bangladesh the second break, as Quinton de Kock was caught by Sabbir Rahman. De Kock scored 35 from 41 balls, smashing five fours.

Mashrafe Mortaza picked up the all important wicket of Hashim Amla. Amla scored 14 from 18, as South Africa lost their first wicket.

Earlier, Kagiso Rabada became only the second man in history to claim a hat-trick in ODI during the first match against Bangladesh in Dhaka on Friday.

Rabada bowled Tamim Iqbal in the third ball of his second over and then had Litton Das and Mahmudullah in the next two deliveries to complete the set, joining Bangladesh’s Taijul Islam, who achieved the feat against Zimbabwe at the same ground last December.

The 20-year-old pacer later added three wickets to his tally to finish with 6-16, the best ever haul by a debutant, bettering the record of West Indies’ Fidel Edwards, who claimed 6-22 against Zimbabwe in 2003.

Rabada is the first South African to bag six wickets on debut and only the second South African bowler to claim five wickets in his first one-day international match.

Rabada’s finished with 6 for 16, as Bangladesh were bowled out for 160.