Miller was the man of the match © AFP
Miller was the man of the match © AFP

South Africa maintain their unbeaten tag mauling Bangladesh in the second T20I. At the Senwes Park, Potchefstroom on Sunday, Bangladesh opted to bowl. Captain Shakib Al Hasan’s early strikes reduced hosts 37 for 2. However, Hashim Amla and David Miller revived their side as they went on to post 224 for 4. Later, they restricted Bangladesh at 141 to snatch a 83-run victory, remaining unbeaten in Tests, ODIs and T20Is in the series.

After Mangaliso Mosinhe and JP Duminy were sent back for single-digit scores by Shakib Al Hasan, Amla took charge and played a much-needed 85-run knock that put the Proteas back on track. AB de Villiers played some attractive cricket but could not last long while Amla converted his fifty to 85.

However, highlight of the day was Miller’s knock. Miller took very little time to settle, and went on to hit gigantic sixes. His powerful batting left opposition bowlers ineffective. Miller smacked everything that came his way. Bangladesh have only themselves to blame for Miller’s carnage as he was given a reprieve on several occasions.

David Miller registers fastest T20I century
David Miller registers fastest T20I century

Rubel Hossain had produced an edge off Miller, which was put down by Mushfiqur Rahim. Mushfiqur messed up a stumping chance as well. The final one was a direct hit, but Miller had made his ground.

Though Miller looked set for a big score, it was the 19th over that set his target towards a century. He hit Mohammad Saifuddin, who had bowled well before the penultimate over, for 31 runs. The over included 5 sixes off the first five deliveries.

With Miller scoring the fastest T20I century, South Africa put up a challenging 224 for 4 for Bangladesh to chase.

Bangladesh’s chase lacked an extra-ordinary show. Their batting collapsed just like the previous match. Soumya Sarkar was once again the top scorer and lone fighter with a 44-run knock. Mahmudullah lend some support with 24. Shakib, Mushfiqur, Sabbir Rahman and Litton Das failed, registering single-digit scores.

Aaron Phangiso and Duminy were most successful with a couple of wickets each.

Miller was adjudged the Man-of-the-Match and Man-of-the-Series for his efforts.

Brief scores

South Africa 224 for 4 (Hashim Amla 85, David Miller 101*; Shakib Al Hasan 2 for 22, Mohammad Saifuddin 2 for 53) win against Bangladesh 141 (Soumya Sarkar 44, Mahmudullah 24; JP Duminy 2 for 23, Aaron Phangiso 2 for 31) by 83 runs.