de Kock top-scored with 59    Getty Images
de Kock top-scored with 59 Getty Images

South Africa s all-round performance helped them stay unbeaten in the series against Bangladesh, beating the latter in the first T20I of the two-match series. Winning the toss at Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein, South Africa opted to bat and put up a challenging 195 for 4 after their innings. Bangladesh s innings came to an end with 175 for 9 on the board, and South Africa won by 20 runs, going one up in the series.

South Africa lost opener Hashim Amla soon in their innings but AB de Villiers and Quinton de Kock s explosive batting compensated for it. The duo brought up team s fifty in 5.2 overs, escalating team s runrate. While de Villiers remained unlucky not to get his fifty for a solitary run, de Kock bettered his T20I personal record, registering career-best 59.

After the de Villiers-de Kock show came to an end, David Miller Farhaan Behardien added some crucial runs with their brief partnership towards the end. Working together, they took the team score past 190.

AB de Villiers, Quinton de Kock propel South Africa to 195-4 in 1st T20I vs Bangladesh
AB de Villiers, Quinton de Kock propel South Africa to 195-4 in 1st T20I vs Bangladesh

Mehedi Hasan was the most successful bowler for Bangladesh, dismissing Amla and de Villiers while Shakib and Rubel Hossain bagged a wicket each.

Bangladesh kept on losing from the very beginning of their innings. Beuran Hendricks drew first blood, sending Imrul Kayes back for 10. Following batsmen Shakib, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah all disappointed. Soumya Sarkar held one end of the innings, gradually proceeding towards fifty. However, he was stopped 3 runs before he could reach that, as Phehlukwayo got him lbw.

Sabbir Rahman showed some impressive batting but even he was restricted at 19. Bangladesh s batting once again tumbled when in need of a big target. Mohammad Saifuddin, too, tried his best to keep things going for Bangladesh but wickets kept falling at the other end and Bangladesh s innings came to an end with 175 runs on the board with the loss of 9 wickets, handing South Africa a 20-run victory. Saifuddin remained unbeaten at 39.

Among South Africa bowlers, Robbie Frylinck, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dane Paterson, Beuran Hendricks all bagged a couple of wickets each.

Though de Kock top scored, de Villiers was adjudged Man of the Match for his impactful innings.

Brief scores

South Africa 195 for 4 (Quinton de Kock 59, AB de Villiers 49 David Miller 25*, Farhaan Behardien 36*; Shakib Al Hasan 1 for 28, Mehedi Hasan Miraz 2 for 31, Rubel Hossain 1 for 34) won against Bangladesh 175 for 9 (Soumya Sarkar 47, Mohammad Saifuddin 39*; Dane Paterson 2 for 29, Beuran Hendricks 2 for 42, Robbie Frylinck 2 for 33, Andile Phehlukwayo 2 for 25) by 20 runs