Quinton de Kock, Hashim Amla registered the third highest opening stand in ODIs    Getty Images
Quinton de Kock, Hashim Amla registered the third highest opening stand in ODIs Getty Images

Bangladesh did reasonably well to post 278 for 7 in the first ODI versus South Africa. Nonetheless, what followed was a tame surrender by their bowlers in front of two modern-day greats in form of Quinton de Kock and the flawless Hashim Amla. They recorded the third highest opening partnership in ODIs to achieve the target without sweating one bit. In process, the duo also remained unbeaten with individual hundreds.

In pursuit of 279, de Kock slammed the first ball for four. He made his intentions clear since then. Amla remained relaxed and undeterred at the other end. He carved out another textbook innings and complimented de Kock. The left-hander, in turn, slammed his 13th century.

Amla, on the other hand, was untroubled like his partner. Bangladesh bowled minimal wicket-taking deliveries and hence resorted to containment. The ploy obviously backfired and they were left with no ideas. No bowler Taskin Ahmed, Rubel Hossain, Mashrafe Mortaza and Shakib Al Hasan held a tight line to test the batsmen’s patience for long. At most, there were two dot balls in an over before one of the batters rotated strike or notched up a boundary.

Records galore:

Amla brought up his 26th hundred with a single. De Kock ensured continuous flurry of boundaries and accelerated with victory in sight. Amla was not far behind and together they wrecked havoc of an ordinary bowling line-up. There were several records broken as well. This is the highest opening partnership by a South African pair. In addition, De Kock’s 168* also becomes the highest individual score at Kimberley. Amla and de Kock brought up their second 200-run stand, and 10th 100-run partnership. This is also de Kock’s second best score.

Amla and de Kock missed out on the highest opening stand, shared between Sanath Jayasuriya and Upul Tharanga, by 5 runs. They fell short of the second best first-wicket stand, David Warner and Travis Head, by a mere 3 runs.

Earlier, Bangladesh opted to bat. In Tamim Iqbal’s absence, Liton Das and Imrul Kayes started well but failed to convert their starts. Mushfiqur Rahim provided solidity to the innings and held good partnerships with Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah and Sabbir Rahman. Imran Tahir and Dwaine Pretorius held tight lines and shared 3 wickets, but Kagiso Rabada’s 4-for restricted Bangladesh under 300.

However, Proteas had no answer to Rahim. He became the 1st Bangladeshi to slam an ODI hundred in South Africa. Unfortunately, his heroics were overshadowed by De Kock and Amla.

The second match will be played on October 18 at Paarl.

What they said

Faf du Plessis: We are playing really well. Once again a dominating performance and that is what we are looking for. We are feeling a bit sorry for the Bangladeshi team but this is what being ruthless is all about. We could’ve easily thrown things away but ensured that we got through unbeaten. I thought the wicket was a bit slow to start off and the way our batters played was difficult for them to control. With the wind as strong as this we tried to eliminate one side of the wicket.

We always look to get wickets and that is what the chats with my bowlers were. I, in fact went to the coach and spoke to him about getting Andile in to get him to finish games. Quinton was exceptional with the way he put pressure on the bowlers and Hash was quite as he is usually.

Mashrafe Mortaza: Mushy batted really well. I thought the wicket was really good but we couldn’t bowl according to how it behaved. We need to learn to bowl defensively and need to be more penetrative. Tests and ODIs are very different. If we can stop runs from both ends the wickets would come.

Once Tamim wasn’t fit, we thought that one of the seniors needed to come up the order and that is why Shakib was promoted. Mustafizur was injured as well and that’s why went bowling heavy. Tamim I think would be fit for the next game.

Quinton de Kock: I was quite excited to get out there. The other batsmen did not need me in the Test matches but am glad to go out there and get to bat. When we bowled today it was quite slow and the wicket got flatter and started skidding on when we batted. I am happy to contribute to the team, was excited just to go out there and bat, leave alone score runs.

I am more of a calming influence on Hashim (laughs). It is a privilege to bat with him and we have a good understanding with each other.

Brief scores:

Bangladesh 278 for 7 in 50 overs (Imrul Kayes 31, Shakib Al Hasan 29, Mushfiqur Rahim 110*; Kagiso Rabada 4 for 43, Imran Tahir 1 for 45, Dwaine Pretorius 2 for 48) lost to South Africa 282 for 0 in 42.5 overs (Quinton de Kock 168*, Hashim Amla 110*; Mashrafe Mortaza 0 for 50) by 10 wickets.