9 November 2008
Bangladesh rued the dropped catches as South Africa piled 359 for 4 in 50 overs and sealed a comfortable 128 run victory in the 2nd ODI at Willowmoore Park in Benoni today. Opening batsman Hashim Amla was the chief architect of Proteas innings with a maiden ton after Mashrafe dropped Amla early on in his innings with only 15 runs on board.
South Africa started cautiously after Bangladesh skipper Mohammad Ashraful invited them to bat first under overcast conditions. However, the opening pair soon cut loose and shared a 136 run partnership which laid the platform for the big total. Naeem Islam finally managed to break the partnership and picked Graeme Smith, but Amla continued his fine form with bat and shared another 100 run partnership with Jacques Kallis who made run a ball 49.
AB de Villiers joined the party after the departure of Kallis and tore Bangladesh attack apart with a blistering 27 ball 54 which propelled South Africa to a mammoth 358 for 4 in 50 overs.
Bangladesh started the run chase in spectacular fashion courtesy of Tamim Iqbal who hammered a 22 ball 41 but got out after playing one shot too many. Bangladesh lost the required momentum after skipper Ashraful fell cheaply and offered a simple return catch to Johan Botha. After the departure of Ashraful, Bangladesh played unattractive cricket to lower the margin of defeat and scrambled to 230 before getting all out in 49.2 overs.
The two teams will play the final ODI at Buffalo Park in East London on Wednesday.