Eddie Leie picked up three crucial wickets © AFP
Eddie Leie picked up three crucial wickets in his debut T20I © AFP

Aaron Phangiso, Kyle Abbott and debutant Eddie Leie‘s third-wicket hauls guided South Africa as the Proteas bowlers’ emulated their first match’s performance to beat Bangladesh by 31 runs in the second Twenty20 International at Dhaka on Tuesday. South Africa win the two-match T20 series 2-0, thus ending Bangladesh’s successful limited-overs run at home this summer. READ: South Africa post 169/4 against Bangladesh in 2nd T20I at Dhaka

Abbott opened the bowling for South Africa. Soumya Sarkar and Tamim Iqbal opened the innings for Bangladesh. Apart from a four slammed by Sarkar for bowling outside off, Abbott’s first over was economical. JP Duminy bowled the second over for South Africa. Duminy was punished for a boundary for bowling wide. Bangladesh were 11 for the loss of no wickets after two overs. Live scorecard: Bangladesh vs South Africa, 2nd T20I at Dhaka

Wayne Parnell bowled the third over. Sarkar slammed one for four towards deep backward point as Parnell bowled another wide outside off. Soon Tamim joined Sarkar, as he went down the ground and the ball ran away for four on the off side.

Faf du Plessis introduced David Wiese in the fourth over. The first ball went for two runs. Tamim charged down once again and Wiese aimed the bowl at his body. Tamim was unable to make connection as the third man was standing inside the circle. Sarkar went after Wiese slamming two back-to-back fours.

However, after five good overs, Bangladesh kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Tamim was the first batsman to depart as he tried to pull a short ball of Parnell that went straight up and Wiese took an easy catch. Sarkar followed his partner soon, as he was stumped by Quinton de Kock, helping Leie pick up his first T20I wicket. Tamim scored 13 off 18, while Sarkar scored 37 from 21 balls.

Shakib Al Hasan (8) was the third to fall, as he was caught by Rilee Rossouw near the boundary, as Aaron Phangiso picked up the wicket. In the next over, Sabbir Rahman was dismissed as Leie picked his second wicket. Leie was on a hattrick when Rossouw took his second catch of the match to remove Mushfiqur Rahim (19). The hattrick was avoided by debutant Rony Talukdar.

Nasir Hossain was the next batsman to walk back. He did not last more than two balls scoring a duck as Phangiso picked his second wicket. Wiese took his second catch as Phangiso collected his third wicket to dismiss Litton Das. Das scored 10 off 7 balls.

Mashrafe Mortaza, who smashed 17 off 8 balls, was bowled by Abbott in the 18th over of the match.

Phangiso ended his four overs with three wickets, gave away 30 runs. Leie gave away 16 runs, bowling only three overs. Talukdar was bowled by Abbott in the final over. Talukdar scored 21 before getting knocked by Abbott. The final wicket of Mustafizur Rahman was picked up by Abbott.

Earlier, a good opening partnership and final overs helped South Africa cruise to 169 for the loss of 4 wickets against Bangladesh. From the last two overs, South Africa scored 32 runs, owing to Rilee Rossouw‘s 19 off six balls and David Miller‘s knock of 30 from 28 balls.

South Africa won the toss and skipper Faf du Plessis opted to bat. Ab de Villiers and De Kock once again opened the batting for South Africa. De Villiers did not waste much time in going after Arafat Sunny, who once again opened the bowling for Bangladesh. De Villiers slammed two fours in the first over. De Villiers and De Kock were involved in 63-ball 95 run partnership for the first wicket.

Brief scores:

South Africa 169 for 4 in 20 overs (Quinton de Kock 44, AB de Villiers 40, David Miller 30*; Nasir Hossain 2 for 26) beat Bangladesh 138 in 19.2 overs (Soumya Sarkar 37, Mushfiqur Rahim 19, Rony Talukdar 21; Eddie Leie 3 for 16, Aaron Phangiso 3 for 30, Kyle Abbott 3 for 20) by 31 runs.

Man of the Match: Eddie Leie

Man of the Series: Faf du Plessis

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