Bangladesh skipper Tamim Iqbal termed his side’s historic 38-run triumph against South Africa in the opening ODI of the three-match series as “a very special win,” and lauded the contribution of the lower order, which helped the tourists cross the psychological 300-run mark at SuperSport Park on Saturday.
Bangladesh’s top order fired on all cylinders as the tourists notched up a massive 314-7 and then dismissed South Africa for 276 to secure a 38-run win and take a 1-0 lead. This was Bangladesh’s first-ever win on South African soil.
Bangladesh players after their win over SA on Friday. Pic/AFP
The Tamim-led side had never won a match across all three formats in South Africa in 19 previous attempts, but produced a fine display in the first match of the tour to break new ground in the 50-over format.
Litton Das (50), Shakib Al Hasan (77) and Yasir Ali (50) laid the foundation for the massive total, while useful contributions from Tamim (41) and Mahmudullah (25) guided them beyond 300. “It’s a big win for us, a very special win,” Tamim was quoted as saying by iol.co.za.
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