Faf du Plessis was the top-scorer for South Africa © Getty Images (File Photo)
Faf du Plessis was the top-scorer for South Africa © Getty Images (File Photo)

Faf du Plessis scored a sublime half-century in tough conditions even as the other batsmen around him stumbled, as Bangladesh restricted South Africa to a moderate total of 150 for 5 in the first Twenty20 International (T20I) at Dhaka. Du Plessis remained unbeaten on 79 as only one other batsman crossed 30. Live scorecard: Bangladesh vs South Africa, 1st T20I at Dhaka

AB de Villiers and Quinton de Kock opened batting for the Proteas, but the move backfired when de Villiers drove uppishly to Mashrafe Mortaza off Arafat Sunny off the sixth ball of the match. Even de Kock followed soon, hitting Nasir Hossain to Litton Das. Bangladesh’s decision to open with spin from both ends was vindicated. Live  Blog: Bangladesh vs South Africa, 1st T20I at Dhaka

South African skipper du Plessis came in at No. 3 and batted as if on a different pitch from all the others. There was the occasional false shot, but by and large he found the middle of the bat. JP Duminy laboured to a 22-ball 18 before holing out to Nasir Hossain off Sunny. David Miller came in next but could not last more than three balls before falling LBW to Shakib Al Hasan, who achieved the rare feat of becoming the leading T20I wicket-taker and run-scorer for his side. READ: Bangladesh can just bowl and pray for AB de Villiers’ dismissal, says Bangladesh coach

Rilee Rossouw then came in at No. 6, and South Africa finally managed to stitch together a good partnership. Rossouw and du Plessis came together with the score on 90 for 4, and were unconquered having added 58 runs in under seven overs. Rossouw remained unbeaten on 31 and du Plessis undefeated on 79. READ: Bangladesh vs South Africa 2015, 1st T20I Key clashes

Brief Scores:

South Africa 148 for 4 in 20 overs (Faf du Plessis 79*, Rilee Rossouw 31*; Arafat Sunny 2 for 19) vs Bangladesh.

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(Shiamak Unwalla, a reporter with CricketCountry, is a self-confessed Sci-Fi geek who loves cricket more than cricketers. His Twitter handle is @ShiamakUnwalla)