David Miller's 101* powers South Africa to 224-4 against Bangladesh in 2nd T20I
David Miller scored the fastest T20I ton, facing only 35 deliveries, hitting 9 sixes and 7 fours on his way.
[caption id="attachment_655843" align="aligncenter" width="628"] Miller scored the fastest T20I hundred AFP[/caption]
Despite a good start, Bangladesh faltered as South Africa put up yet another big total, 224 for 4, in the second and final T20I. Winning the toss at the Senwes Park, Potchefstroom, Bangladesh opted to bowl. Captain Shakib Al Hasan got couple of early breakthroughs but brilliant batting from Hashim Amla and David Miller helped South Africa regain control. They have, in turn, thrown an uphill task for Bangladesh to win the last match of the tour.
Shakib opened bowling alongside Taskin Ahmed for Bangladesh while South Africa sent Hashim Amla and Mangaliso Mosehle, Quinton de Kock s replacement for the match, to open. South Africa looked eager to score quickly. Two boundaries came in the very first over. Amla joined in by hitting a four and six in the following over.
However, South Africa lost Mosehle in the third over. Shakib s experience helped him trick the South African as the latter missed the length, to get dismissed for 5.
Shakib brought in Mehedi Hasan Miraz who started producing chances immediately. It was again Shakib who got the second wicket, removing opponent captain JP Duminy. The ball went through to hit the stumps as Duminy attempted a sweep and missed it.
AB de Villiers then paired up with Amla to play some attractive cricket. His stay in the middle was cut short by Mohammad Saifuddin as Imrul Kayes took a commendable catch at long off.
Rubel Hossain produced yet another chance in the following over, getting an edge off David Miller on his arrival. The catch, a tough chance, was put down by Mushfiqur Rahim. Meanwhile, Amla completed his fifty.
Successive wickets helped Bangladesh keep the run-rate under check, unlike the previous match where the South Africa top order dominated thoroughly.
Miller was given another reprieve as Mushfiqur could not pull off a stumping. Bangladesh paid for it the very next ball, as Miller launched one over long-off for six. Bangladesh attempted a good direct hit for a run out, but Miller made the crease in time.
Amla looked unstoppable but Saifuddin trapped him for a slower one. Soumya Sarkar took a clean catch at midwicket to get his scalp for 85.
Miller kept going and soon got to his fifty off 23 balls. He looked confident and kept on hitting boundaries frequently.
While Saifuddin bowled brilliantly throughout the innings except a certain over wherein Miller went bersek. Miller hit five out of six deliveries of the 19th over for sixes, making it a 31-run over.
The over changed the game completely, charging up Miller to get to his first T20I hundred. He scored the fastest T20I ton, facing only 35 deliveries; including 9 sixes and 7 fours.
South Africa 224 for 4 (Hashim Amla 85, David Miller 101*; Shakib Al Hasan 2 for 22, Mohammad Saifuddin 2 for 53) against Bangladesh
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